Coffee--the devil's drink. (Seriously, how can someone hate coffee this much?)
Early hater of coffee. 1674 Wing / 1156:21
As I slip back into my extended coffee break, I will leave you with one more thought about coffee.
So as you can probably see by now, coffee was a much disputed drink in the seventeenth-century. Some people championed the drink for its virtues, others for it's "miracles" ("made the corn fall from her lip like a clean acorn!!!"), but many people detested the stuff.
Others like "Satyr" the winelover (and how's THAT for a pseudonym?!) were pretty irritated that people were spending their shillings on coffee, instead of England's real mother's milk--ale and wine. To Satyr, drinking coffee was a treasonous act akin to trying to blow up Parliament.
But coffee drinkers weren't just traitors, they were godless too. Drinking coffee was pretty much like signing a pact with the devil.
According to the "Satyr"...
"a swill that needs must be accursed,
and of all sorts of drink the very worst,
by which the devil's children's are nursed."
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for another cup. Be back soon!
10/23/2012 03:25:38 am
I've always wanted to ask an actual historian... I heard once that England's (and Europe-in-general's) slow switch from ale and wine to coffee as a daily drink took the peasants out of their almost constant drunken stupor, leading them to realize they were tired of living under a monarch. So coffee started the western world's move toward democracy and more than one revolution. Does that make any sense?
10/23/2012 09:05:30 am
Mario, Yes, I've trained him well :-) He also reads YOUR blog ;-)
10/23/2012 09:12:53 am
Ha! Clearly, her husband has excllent taste and he knows what he likes. He literally 'likes' what he likes.
11/2/2012 11:09:58 pm
Wasn't it all politics? Didn't the Netherlands, or Denmark, have control of the coffee trade so drinking it gave money to the enemy, hence the treason charge and why everyone drank tea?
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