[Sca-cooks] Coffee was Beverage experiments
t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Wed Feb 13 15:54:15 PST 2008
That's an error and it may even be one I introduced. There is some evidence
that coffee was imported into Venice in the late 16th Century by
Gianfrancesco Morosini, a Venetian who was the city magistrate at
Constantinople, known to have encountered coffee around 1585. Another
possible importer is a spice trader named Mocengio. In either case, the
coffee was for personal use rather than as a commercial venture. There is a
letter documenting the non-commercial importation of coffee into Venice in
1615 and the first coffee house known to exist in Venice was opened in 1645.
Nope, the error was not mine, it was some other gentle quoting Harold McGee.
McGee's bibliography in On Food and Cooking references the Schapira's The
Book of Coffee and Tea, which is not the most accurate source. If you
scroll down to Bear's Timeline for Coffee, that's a little more accurate,
although I've found other things to improve it since it was first written.
The two best works on the subject of coffee are:
Hattox, Ralph S., Coffee and Coffee Houses: The Origins of a Social
Beverage in the Medieval Near East; Seattle, University of Washington, 1985.
Ukers, William H., All About Coffee, 2nd Edition; New York, The Tea and
Coffee Trade Journal Company, 1935.
A version of Ukers can be found on Google Books, but it is a little
difficult to find things.
From: "otsisto" <otsisto at socket.net>
> In the Floreigium (sp?) it says that coffee was introduce to Venice in the
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