December 16th, 1773 was a cold, blistery Boston evening. By 7 pm, the sky would have been pitch black with the only light coming from the stars, candles, and the occasional lantern. The air rolling in off the Atlantic was crisp and biting as it wrapped around the Boston Harbor. On this night, sixty men dressed in Mohawk costumes boarded three ships carrying British tea and tipped, dumped, and stomped into being one history's greatest, most impactful political protests. It was also the night coffee became America's drink.
Coffee fables, tales, and truths is TheQueenBean's take on the history of coffee. From the origin story to modern-day coffee barons, Coffee fables, tales, and truths shares our laughter, lessons, and love for the beloved bean. Below is an excerpt from one of our fables.
Over the centuries, many powerful leaders tried to ban or banned coffee from their realms. While their reasons differed, the results were near always the same -- defeat. Here are of history's greatest coffee-related cautionary tales.
Maniac. Obsessive. Creative. Fighter. These, my friends, are the mad men of coffee. From fearless leaders who proclaimed they would "rather suffer with coffee than be senseless" to creatives who approached their cup with what can only be called fanatical devotion, coffee has beguiled (or enslaved, depending how you see it) some of history's greatest men. Keep reading...you may just be surprised at how far man will go for the love of coffee.
Seduction, smuggling, coffee barons, slavery... No, we are not promoting a new film. We are talking about Brazil's colorful, captivating history with coffee. From the Brazilian beans illicit beginnings to world arabica domination, Brazil's coffee history is as bold and strong as her beans
Coffee and coffeehouses were instrumental in moving Western Europe out of the Middle Ages and into the Age of the Enlightenment.
"...Black as hell, Strong as Death, Sweet as Love" ...There is truth in this Turkish proverb. Since coffee's discovery in the 11th century, this beloved elixir of the gods has been banned, demonized, lauded, spiritualized, feared, and even used as a weapon of death. The story starts with a Shepherd, dancing goats, and Sufis. Blessed... Continue Reading →
What makes our decaf different? It was crafted by a mother who loved her morning coffee almost as much as she loved her toddler, unborn son, and family. The original Qween Bean (her preferred spelling), Susan Mills, had a 1-year old daughter, Nicole, and was pregnant with her son, David, when she stepped in to co-run Mills... Continue Reading →
The 1674 Women’s Campaign Against Coffee "Remember, John, If any ask, to th' Coffee House I'm gone. Then at Lloyd's Coffee House he never fails To read the letters and attend the sales." -unknown Prohibition, widely enacted in the early 20th century in the US and northern Europe, is often brought up as an example... Continue Reading →