A day without coffee is like a day without sunlight. After a hectic weekend, Monday coffee came as a blessing and transformed me into a fearless beast, ready to dive head on into a new week.
A women’s petition against coffee?
You know by now from the previous posts that there was a time when coffee was considered the Devil’s drink and the Church banned its consumption. Coffee wasn’t a suitable drink especially for women. In the England’s late 1600s the coffeehouses were full of men having intellectual meetings while sipping coffee. Married women weren’t too happy about this, mainly because their husbands spent more time in coffeehouses than taking care of the family matters. They called it a “newfangled, abominable, heathenish liquor”.
Therefore, in 1674, the Women Petition Against Coffee requested that coffee consumption in London should be banned. Women even blamed coffee for impotence!
(…)we can Attribute to nothing more than the Excessive use of that Newfangled, Abominable, Heathenish Liquor called COFFEE, which Riffling Nature of her Choicest Treasures, and Drying up the Radical Moisture, has so Eunucht our Husbands, and Cripple our more kind Gallants, that they are become as Impotent as Age, and as unfruitful as those Desarts whence that unhappy Berry is said to be brought.
Ironically, newspapers and mail were more often delivered in coffeehouses rather than homes. The petition didn’t have much of an impact, but a year later Charles II forbids all coffehouses and coffee related activities because they were perceived as the perfect places for political plotting.
Coffee had some really bad days. We should celebrate it more.
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