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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Boston.com / News / Local / Coffee, coffee everywhere

"Coffee, coffee everywhere
February 27, 2005
...Since 1773, when patriotic Colonists eschewed tea after the Boston Tea Party, coffee has energized breakfast. Originally native to Ethiopia, then smuggled into Arabia and then to Turkey, the hot beverage became a Muslim delight. The first coffee shop opened in Turkey in 1475, and for years Turkish law permitted any husband to divorce his wife if the household ran out of coffee. Blessed by the Pope in 1600 as a heavenly drink, it arrived in the New World in 1607, courtesy of Captain John Smith, one of the founders of Virginia. Europeans enjoyed it in coffeehouses, the first established in Italy in 1645 and another seven years later in London."

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