test1 guide pt3 - 6. In the 17th and 18th centuries coffee...

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6. In the 17 th and 18 th centuries coffee was perceived in different ways. Physician Benjamin Moseley described coffee as being good for the body due to “its warmth and effectiveness, thins the mucous moistures, and improves circulation of the blood.” European’s considered one’s health in relationship to the natural fluids of the body, mostly phlegm. Middle class progressive writers claimed that since coffee dried out the body is was healthy. Coffee was also known to increase productivity, memory, and alertness. The main reason coffee was accepted in England was due to its “magical sobering capabilities”. Before coffee, beer was the drink of choice. As soon as coffee came along, it gave people this sense of clear headedness instead of being groggy from alcohol. Coffee was also perceived to curb the male sex drive, which protestant clergy were encouraged to use. Protestants defined coffee as their favorite drink due to this excepted belief. Coffee was later replaced by tea in Europe
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ANTH 380 taught by Professor Bradburg during the Spring '08 term at Clarkson University .

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test1 guide pt3 - 6. In the 17th and 18th centuries coffee...

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