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Collecting and Consuming

Exotic Products and Tastes

Introduced for its supposed medicinal virtues, coffee became popular in England once it could be sweetened with refined sugar. Soon, coffeehouses, such as the one pictured here, provided a convivial atmosphere for drinking coffee and chocolate and smoking tobacco. All of these exotic imports had become fashionable elements of European social life; however, the rituals surrounding their consumption were often changed and adapted, becoming far different from those of their places of origin.




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A broadside against coffee. London, 1672.

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