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Richard Daybell – Novels, stories and short humor

Just a Cup of Joe

On this date in 1652, London was abuzz with a new drink made from “a grain or berry that grows only in the deserts of Arabia.” Served hot, and January being January in the northern hemisphere, Londoners warmed to it overwhelmingly. Said the handbill distributed by the entrepreneur who opened the shop to sell the new sensation: “It is a simple innocent thing, composed into a drink, by being dried in an oven and ground to powder, and boiled up with spring water, and about a 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 coffeehousehistorycan be endured; the which will never fetch the skin off the mouth, or raise any blisters by reason of that heat (tell that to McDonald’s).” Needless to say, it was not accompanied by cream or sugar. And a dandy that sauntered into the shop and asked for a blackberry almond latte was carried away by the crowd and tossed into the Thames.


9 comments on “Just a Cup of Joe

  1. moviewriternyu
    January 27, 2013

    “Dandy” is a great word, isn’t it? I don’t drink coffee, but I enjoyed your writing…read the whole think black, no sugar or cream needed. 🙂


  2. elroyjones
    January 27, 2013



  3. Kenton Lewis
    January 28, 2013

    Great job Richard. Always amusing.
    You should consider following other blogs. Jitterygoat is a waste of good bandwidth. By the way I prefer a cup of Joesephine. I don’t like this gender bias crap we’re fed everyday.


  4. Lara Klein
    January 28, 2013

    Interesting blog thumb up.


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