Thursday, October 09, 2008

History of coffee and Women

So my question is, when were women in Europe, particular Britain allowed to drink coffee??????

Have you ever wondered about where coffee comes from? Its role in History.

I trying to find out if I could buy Nestle' COFFEE-MATE Irish Cream. I ended up on the Nestle' Uk site reading some interesting facts and history about coffee. I few things I knew already. So I decided to a wider search.

1.
“Grounds for Divorce”: As early as 1453, Turkish girls were trained in the art of coffee making to better attract, and keep, a husband. Not to be intimidated, however, the women in Turkey understood the coffee art works both ways and Turkish law protected them by stating that a many who fails to provide his wife with her daily quota of coffee leaves her with grounds for divorce (no pun intended.)

2. 1650
The first coffee house opened in Oxford, England, but women were not allowed access, other than to serve men. A number of British women wrote a lengthy petition (now in the coffee museum, London) to the coffee houses requesting access. They were refused.

3. Dorothy Jones of Boston was the first American coffee trader. It was in 1670 that she was granted a license to sell coffee.

4.
The banning of women from coffehouses was not universal, but does appear to have been common in Europe. In Germany women frequented them, but in England and France they were banned[5]. Émilie du Châtelet purportedly wore drag to gain entrance to a coffehouse in Paris [6]. In a well-known engraving of a Parisian coffeehouse of c. 1700 [3], the gentlemen hang their hats on pegs and sit at long communal tables strewn with papers and writing implements. Coffeepots are ranged at an open fire, with a hanging cauldron of boiling water. The only woman present presides, separated in a canopied booth, from which she serves coffee in tall cups.

5. In 1727, it was a woman who inadvertently helped Brazil become the largest producer of coffee in the world. The wife of the French Guyana governor was smitten by a visitor, a certain Brazilian captain lieutenant of the Coast Guard, one Francisco de Melho Palheta, sent to the French Guyana by the emperor of Brazil purportedly to patch up things between the Dutch and French Guyana. Alas, that was a hoax as his real goal was to obtain coffee seeds. So eager was the Governor's wife to please her lover that she hid coffee seeds and cuttings in bouquets of flowers and sent them as tokens to her beloved. The cad returned neither the seeds nor her love but, instead, abandoned her, galloped to his ship in the harbor, and sailed away to the Portuguese colony of Para in Brazil and played his part in coffee history.

6. American ladies, furious at the taxes on tea (how is one to budget for the household with such expenses!) the wives from the First Lady to the wives of congressman said, no to tea and coffee became the socially acceptable beverage at every gathering and event from New York to Philadelphia, from D.C. to Roanoke, making the tea party in Boston as inevitable as the sunrise.

International Women's Coffee Alliance

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