Coffee Culture

Coffee In the Arts


Eighteenth-Century Coffee-House Culture

Edited by Markman Ellis, this four-volume set reprints facsimile satires, plays and histories of the period: Restoration Satire, The Eighteenth-Century Satire, Drama, Science and History Writings. A great resource for archivists and researchers.

The Coffee House: A Cultural History

Another book by Markman Ellis, more friendly to coffee lovers and the general public but still well researched and scholarly enough to be a good read for historians - still focused on 18th century England.

Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world, exceeding all other common drugs including nicotine and alcohol. The value of the coffee traded on international commodity markets is surpassed only by oil. Yet for most of human history, coffee was unknown outside a small region of the Ethiopian highlands. Coffee itself has been consumed in Europe only in the last four centuries. There is no coffee in the Torah, or the Bible, or the Koran. There is no coffee in Shakespeare, Dante or Cervantes. […] The first coffee-house in Christendom finally opened in London in the early 1650s, a city gripped by revolutionary fervour.