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The Vertue of the Coffee Drink

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...as told c. 1660

This comes from an advertising flyer, I believe for the Queens Lane Coffee House, pasted inside a book which was on display at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and it's worth reading.  I've transcribed the first few lines but it's better to read it in its original form.  Of particular note are all the claims of its health benefits - including "It is excellent to prevent and cure the Dropsie [oedema], Gout and Scurvy" :)

The Vertue of the Coffee Drink

The Grain or Berry called Coffee, groweth upon
  little Trees, only in the deserts of Arabia
    It is brought from thence, and drunk ge-
  nerally, throughout all the Grand Seigniors 
    It is a simple, Inocent thing, composed into a
  Drink by being dried in an Oven, and Ground to Powder and Boy-
  led up with Spring Water, and about halfe a Pinte of It to be Drunk,
Fasting an hour before, and not eating an hour after, and to be taken
as hot as possibly can be endured; the which will never fetch the
Skin off the Mouth, or raise any Blisters, by reason of that Heat.

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If I can't drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment, I will shrivel up like a piece of roast goat.

Spiders on coffee


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