Driven to Espresso: Drive-through Coffee Stands in the Northwest

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Not everyone likes coffee, I guess

Back in the heyday of English coffeehouses--back around 1674--women got a little ticked off that their husbands drank coffee all day. If women were actually allowed to hang out with them at the coffeehouses, they may not have been so harsh, but that was before women were thought of as, well, you know, human beings. 

A group of women wrote a little thing called "The Women's Petition Against Coffee." It is quite long and detailed as to what they found disagreeable. As near as I can tell from the following quote, one of the greatest offenses was that the men were not "as effective" in bed (if you know what I mean):

"The Occasion of which Insufferable Disaster, after a furious Enquiry, and Discussion of the Point by the Learned of the Faculty, 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."

They also came up with one of the most negative descriptions of coffee I've ever heard:

"...a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water."


Anonymous Al Tudor said...

That's a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle to the last drop! Ahhh!

Love it!

12/1/10, 9:19 PM  

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