marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Coffee and Coffeehouses

Coffee and Coffeehouses by Ralph S. Hattox

A look at the introduction of coffee into Arabic society.

Reviews what history is known of how it arrived, and then into the first controversy over whether it was permissible.  The claims made that it induced drunkenness.  The medical views on it.

And perhaps more important, the social context.  It caused coffee houses -- reputable alternative to taverns -- to spring up.  Well, semi-reputable.  One of coffee's big problems was its association with the activities that went on in coffee-houses. from the disreputable to the criminal.  The effect on hospitality, since you could do it outside the home, and far more cheaply.

A lot of interesting stuff.
Tags: history reviews: medieval

  • The angel Gabriel from Heaven came

    The angel Gabriel from Heaven came, His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame; "All hail," said he, "thou lowly maiden Mary, Most…

  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence

    Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand; Ponder nothing earthly minded, For with blessing in His hand, Christ our God to…

  • I heard the voice of Jesus say

    I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto Me and rest; Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon My breast." I came to Jesus as I…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded