Women’s petition against coffee — 1674
December 22, 2005
Somebody’s always complaining about coffee — way back in 1674 London, a group of disgruntled wives of coffee patrons distributed this flyer protesting that coffee was denying them of their husbands (ahem) attentions.
The Occasion of which Insufferable Disaster, after a serious Enquiry, and Discussion of the Point by the Learned of the Faculty, we can Attribute to nothing more than the Excessive use of that Newfangled, Abominable, Heathenish Liquor called COFFEE, which Riffling Nature of her Choicest Treasures, and Drying up the Radical Moisture, has so Eunucht our Husbands, and Crippled our more kind Gallants, that they are become as Impotent, as Age, and as unfruitful as those Desarts whence that unhappy Berry is said to be brought.
This of course didn’t go without a response from the men…