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Tea and Coffee in the Age of Dr Johnson
Ed. Stephanie Pickford

Samuel Johnson declared himself 'a hardened and shameless tea drinker ... whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and, with tea, welcomes the morning.'

Johnson was said by friends to have consumed 25 cups of tea in one sitting, and even went into print to defend his favourite beverage. He was also known to frequent London's famed coffee-houses, 'the constant Rendezvous for Men of Business, as well as the idle People, so that a Man is sooner ask'd about his Coffee-House than his Lodgings'. However, not all approved of these exotic new drinks ...

This beautifully illustrated booklet comprises a collection of essays presenting a fascinating slice of the history of these two great beverages. Find out what it was like to walk into a Georgian coffee-house, what the 'contagion of china-fancy' was, and why tea was once regarded as a menace to the nation.

Published: 2008
Publisher: Dr Johnson's House Trust
ISBN: 978-1-899284-07-8
Detail: Paperback, 66 pages, 150 x 210mm

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