How about a warm cup of coffee poured from an original, historical, silver coffee pot? Or would you prefer a warm cup of tea or even better chocolate? Have you ever come up to the thought how close the history of hot beverages and silver in Europe and the world is? Let us follow a short historical path to it today. You will definitely not be able to resist the charm of historical silver and the strong aroma of a hot cup of your favorite hot drink after that.
The Origins of Coffee and Other Hot Beverages
People in the Ottoman Empire were introduced to coffee, originated from Ethiopia and Yemen, in the first quarter of the sixteenth century. By the middle of the century the beverage itself and the coffee houses began to play an important role in everyday life in the Empire.
European travellers knew coffee and tea since the sixteenth century. Tea came from Japan and China as a cultural influence resulted from the commercial connections of East Indian Companies (of the UK and the Netherlands) with the Far East.
Drinking chocolate was established in Europe also around the end of the seventeenth century. The hot beverage was prepared as a mixture of cacao, sugar and water. Chocolate was a quite expensive beverage, because the primary materials were also expensive.
All these hot beverages conquered the continent in the seventeenth century. They were at first sold in pharmacies and consumed as healing beverages. Since the end of the seventeenth century though, coffee was increasingly consumed for pleasure and for its effect on the alertness and attention of the body and the intellect. By the beginning of the eighteenth century and through the modish habits at the princely courts and of the bourgeoisie, coffee just like tea had already conquered the European Continent.
Hot Beverages in Fashion
A sense of consumption, delight, luxury and fashion seems to have surrounded coffee and tea by the eighteenth century. This is the case both for North-Western Europe as for other parts in the world. European goldsmiths were fast in reaction and had taken advantage of this coffee, tea and chocolate trend in order to produce new objects for these hot beverages. Coffee-, tea- and chocolate pots came since then in order to stay here!
Coffeehouses were the public places where the new luxurious objects for coffee could be seen. The intimate space of the luxurious household was the counterpart of these public life place. The man and woman of the eighteenth century indulged themselves in luxurious, simple or elaborate decorated coffee and teapots for their new drinking habit. As the coffee, tea and chocolate “folie” grew and became indeed a social habit, new silver objects were constantly added to the hot beverages apparatuses: milk jugs, sugar bowls/boxes or sugar casters, sugar nips, tablets … You can have a glance of almost all these types of objects at our webpage.