A taste of coffee in London

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27.04.2015.

A taste of coffee in London

In a great book titled 'A Short History of Adventure', written by a Croatian author Slobodan Prosperov Novak, we found a story that all coffee admirers should probably know.
The British Museum library keeps a leaflet (it dates from the beginning of the 17th century and can be found under the number S. 20th f. 2 (372)) about the first known Cafe in London which was led by Paško from Dubrovnik. According to the flyer, in his Cafe coffee was "for the first time produced and sold in England in a shop." Paško Roseej (distorted from Raguseo, the Italian word for Dubrovnik) was known and popular in London; his journey to London begun thanks to the English merchant Daniel Edwards to whom Paško, as a servant, was preparing coffee on his travels. As a way to repay his ser-vices, Edwards opened a tent-cafe in the quarter Cornhill and let the lead to Paško. Jamaica Wine House is today located on the same spot.
Finally, according to Paško words, this is a way for proper coffee drinking: "Coffee should be drunk in the nick of time, meaning in the early afternoon and while very hot, even more than a point where it is possible to take a gulp and not burn a tongue."
 

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