23/02/17: London Coffee Houses.

After having gathered some research on the historical context of the tea trade from China to Britain yesterday, I am now moving onto finding out about the first establishing coffee houses in London. I want to know more about these places in order to find out where tea was first served locally. These are the sources that I have extracted information from and have highlighted the points I want to analyse.

Source 1: Shelley, H. (2013). Researching Historic Buildings in the Bristish Isles. Retrieved from: http://www.buildinghistory.org/primary/inns/coffee-houses.shtml

Source 2: Hamey, B. (2012, October 06). Garraway’s Coffee House. Retrieved from: https://baldwinhamey.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/garraways-coffee-house/

Source 3: The History of London. (2017). Coffee houses, taverns, tea and chocolate Retrieved from: http://www.thehistoryoflondon.co.uk/coffee-houses/

Personal evaluation of all sources:

Across all three sources, I can see the trend of 1652 being the agreed upon date for one of the first coffee houses to have opened in London – in St. Michael’s Alley. It would seem that Mr. Daniel Edwards servant ‘Pasqua Rosee was the one to set up a coffee establishment as the desire for the beverage grew…however there is no mention across all of these sources that suggest they served tea first.

However the sources speak of a Thomas Garraway who opened up a coffee house in Exchange Alley. It is said that his coffee house was in fact one of the first to sell tea in a public setting. The success of Rosees coffee house led to the gradual build up of other establishments in the London area; the sources state that there were around 3000 different venues towards the end of the 16th century. So to conclude, the coffe house culture certainly brought about public beverage drinking…which in turn, allowed for tea to become accessible to the public.

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