The Coffee-House

The Coffee-House

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When the first coffee-house opened in London in 1652, customers were bewildered by this strange new drink from Turkey. But those who tried coffee were soon won over. More coffee-houses were opened across London and, in the following decades, in America and Europe. For a hundred years the coffee-house occupied the centre of urban life. Merchants held auctions of goods, writers and poets conducted discussions, scientists demonstrated experiments and gave lectures, philanthropists deliberated reforms. Coffee-houses thus played a key role in the explosion of political, financial, scientific and literary change in the 18th century. In the 19th century the coffee-house declined, but the 1950s witnessed a dramatic revival in the popularity of coffee with the appearance of espresso machines and the coffee bar', and the 1990s saw the arrival of retail chains like Starbucks.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 22mm | 421.85g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 12 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0753818981
  • 9780753818985
  • 1,792,457

About Markman Ellis

Markman Ellis was educated at the universities of Auckland and Cambridge, and now teaches 18th-century literature and culture at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published books on the sentimental novel and gothic fiction, and articles on many topics in 18th-century studies, including georgic poetry, slavery, kangaroos and lap-dogs.
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'Markman Ellis's fascinating and wide-ranging cultural history explores the evolution of the a phenomenon that started in Constantinople in 1554 and soon took the world by storm.' THE INDEPENDENT '[In] this wonderful book... Ellis percolates a comforting cup of inspiration for the future.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE '[a] scholarly but always readable account' DAILY MAIL 'Markman Ellis has written a scholarly, well researched and thoroughly entertaining book. This is a hot, bubbling volume to be sipped and savoured.' SUNDAY MERCURY 'Detailed and meticulously researched... would interest anyone with an enthusiasm for social history.' NEW BOOKS (May/June 06)
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