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A History of Coffee

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This first chapter is an attempt to blend historical fact with a number of apocryphal tales and beliefs on the origins and development of coffee to provide a light-hearted introduction to the serious text that follows. The sources from which most of the information is culled are listed in the Bibliography at the end of the chapter, and while I have integrated this material and added comments and drawn on my own experience with coffee, I am indebted to the authors of these books for simplifying my task. By virtue of their age and haphazard transmission, the apocrypha and legends are inevitably vague, but those about coffee blend with accepted facts. I trust that this chapter will provide the reader with an interesting and fascinating account of the story of coffee from the discovery of the plant up to the present day.

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© 1985 M.N. Clifford and K.C. Willson

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Smith, R.F. (1985). A History of Coffee. In: Clifford, M.N., Willson, K.C. (eds) Coffee. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-6657-1_1

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