Coffee and Coffeehouses: The Origins of a Social Beverage in the Medieval Near East

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University of Washington Press, 1985 - Cooking - 178 pages

Drawing on the accounts of early European travelers, original Arabic sources on jurisprudence and etiquette, and treatises on coffee from the period, the author recounts the colorful early history of the spread of coffee and the influence of coffeehouses in the medieval Near East. Detailed descriptions of the design, atmosphere, management, and patrons of early coffeehouses make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of coffee and the unique institution of the coffeehouse in urban Muslim society

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this is a bit more scholarly than many of the other themed histories. The prose isn't all that lively, but the facts of the major world addiction's early days are clearly laid out. Read full review

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