As a tea man myself, I happily get my money’s worth at Starbuck’s and some of the excellent indie joints within a couple of miles’ radius of my place, free of guilt. But this history merely bolsters my fortitude, so thank you for that, Mike.
Now, here’s the next question, if coffeehouses go back so far, what did they drink in coffeehouses before coffee was discovered? The quick scan of online histories suggests the plant was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th century, but not widely known for another 400 years. No wonder it took so long for the Enlightenment to take off.