Legend has it that the frisk inducing properties of the coffee berry were first observed in ‘dancing’ goats by shepherds in Ethiopia. Whereas in London, the capital’s love affair with coffee can be traced back 350 years to a muddy churchyard in the heart of the City of London. Join Dr Matthew Green, an expert in London coffeehouses, along with actors and musicians on a caffeinated tour through the city this Saturday (Feb 11). Bypassing the mass of American coffee companies, the tour explores the history of the city’s original and best coffeehouses.
Charting their evolution, from hubs of learning, to their links with both insurance broking and the London stock exchange, the tour highlights coffee as paving the way for Britain’s literary, scientific, and imperial supremacy. Shots of ‘black and gritty coffee’ – brewed after the eighteenth-century fashion – are included; online is booking essential.
For info, see London’s original Coffeehouse listing.