[Homeroast] First (??) coffee ad from 1652

Steve Sakoman sakoman at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 17:47:21 CDT 2012


“THE Grain or Berry called Coffee, groweth upon little Trees, only in
the Deserts of Arabia.

It is brought from thence, and drunk generally throughout all the
Grand Seigniors Dominions.

It is a simple innocent thing, composed into a drink, by being dryed
in an Oven, and ground to Powder, and boiled up with Spring water, and
about half a pint of it to be drunk, fasting an hour before and not
Eating an hour after, and to be taken as hot as possibly can be
endured; the which will never fetch the skin off the mouth, or raise
any Blisters, by reason of that Heat.

The Turks drink at meals and other times, is usually Water, and their
Dyet consists much of Fruit, the Crudities whereof are very much
corrected by this Drink.

The quality of this Drink is cold and Dry; and though it be a Dryer,
yet it neither heats, nor inflames more than hot Posset.

It forcloseth the Orifice of the Stomack, and fortifies the heat with-
[missing text] its very good to help digestion, and therefore of great
use to be [missing text] bout 3 or 4 a Clock afternoon, as well as in
the morning.

[missing text] quickens the Spirits, and makes the Heart Lightsome.

[missing text]is good against sore Eys, and the better if you hold
your Head o’er it, and take in the Steem that way.

It supresseth Fumes exceedingly, and therefore good against the
Head-ach, and will very much stop any Defluxion of Rheumas, that
distil from the Head upon the Stomach, and so prevent and help
Consumptionsand the Cough of the Lungs.

It is excellent to prevent and cure the Dropsy, Gout, and Scurvy.
It is known by experience to be better then any other Drying Drink for
People in years, or Children that have any running humors upon them,
as the Kings Evil. &c.

It is very good to prevent Mis-carryings in Child-bearing Women.

It is a most excellent Remedy against the Spleen, Hypocondriack Winds,
or the like.

It will prevent Drowsiness, and make one fit for Busines, if one have
occasion to Watch, and therefore you are not to drink of it after
Supper, unless you intend to be watchful, for it will hinder sleep for
3 or 4 hours.

It is observed that in Turkey, where this is generally drunk, that
they are not troubled with the Stone, Gout, Dropsie, or Scurvy, and
that their Skins are exceeding cleer and white.

It is neither Laxative nor Restringent.

Made and Sold in St. Michaels Alley in Cornhill, by Pasqua Rosee, at
the Signe of his own Head.”

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