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Colonists arriving in North America

Coffee’s first appearance in North America

Coffee arrived in North America alongside some of the first Europeans. Captain John Smith, the selfsame Captain Smith of the Pocahontas story, and the founder of the colony of Virginia was a coffee addict.

Settler arriving in North America
The arrival of the English settlers in Jamestown Virginia<br>image source <a href=httpswwwlegendsofamericacomwp contentuploads201709ColonistsLandingAtJamestownjpg>httpswwwlegendsofamericacomwp contentuploads201709ColonistsLandingAtJamestownjpg<a> <br>
Captain John Smiths legendary memoirs of travel adventureand coffee<br>Image source <a href=httpswwwgutenbergorgfiles5519955199 h55199 hhtm>httpswwwgutenbergorgfiles5519955199 h55199 hhtm<a>

Even though coffee was not yet widely drunk in Europe, Captain Smith had had the opportunity to sample the beverage while traveling in Turkey and became an instant fan. He loved it so much, he took coffee beans with him on all his travels, as described in his

bestselling memoirs “Travel and Adventure”. So even in the earliest days of the founding of Jamestown in 1607, coffee was already being used to help energize and awaken the first pioneers.

The first record we have of the purchase of coffee in North America is from the account of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania.

In 1683, he bought green coffee beans at a price of 18 shillings and 9 pence per pound – that’s about $70 a pound in today’s prices!

But what kind of coffee were these early pioneers drinking? Records from New York in 1668 give us an appetizing recipe: coffee flavored with cinnamon, sweetened with honey and served hot. 

References:

Singleton, Esther. Dutch New York. New York, 1909. p. 132

Bishop, J. Leander. A History of American Manufacturers, 1608 to 1860. New York, 1864. Vol 1, p. 259

Ukers, William H. Coffee. Boston, 1922. Ch. VI p. 4

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