The Vertue Of The Coffee Drink

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A handbill ‘ad’ for coffee from the 1650s, currently housed in the British Museum, produced by London’s first coffee shop at St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill.

It is a simple innocent thing, composed into a drink, by being dryed in an Oven, and ground to Powder, and boiled up with Spring water, and about half a pint of it to be drunk, fasting an hour before and not Eating an hour after, and to be taken as hot as possibly can be endured; the which will never fetch the skin off the mouth, or raise any Blisters, by reason of that Heat.

The which bloody will, you know.

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