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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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'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))
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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Book Description Phoenix. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0753818981 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.2346660
Book Description Phoenix, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0753818981