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“Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.” – The Women’s Petition Against Coffee (1674)

A little coffee trivia:

“When coffee was first introduced into England in the late 1600s, it was largely drunk by men only, and in coffeehouses rather than at home. Doctors welcomed this as a substitute for drinking alcohol in taverns, but married women were not so happy with the new drink. In 1674 a group of London women put out “The Women’s Petition Against Coffee.”

Men tried to fight the accusation of impotence by saying coffee “rather assists us by drying up those crude flatulent humours, which otherwise would make us only flash in the pan, without doing that thundering execution which your expectations exact.” They also said home wasn’t the most fun place to be: “You may well permit us to talk abroud, for at home we have scarce time to utter a word for the insufferable din of your active tongues.” The protesting women didn’t accomplish much; it reached the point where newspapers and mail were delivered to coffeehouses rather than homes.”

Read the full petition here

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