You very well may have celebrated our Nations birthday with apple pie, hot dogs and BBQ but if you really wanted to fly the patriotic colors in historically accurate fashion you would’ve been quaffing cups of coffee.
Many of us know the important role that tea played in the American Revolution but what many of us don’t realize is how important coffee was. Following the events of the Boston Tea Party, when gangs of colonists dumped a full cargo of over-taxed tea into the Boston Harbor, coffee became not only the preferred drink but the patriotic one as well.
As the Revolutionary War picked up steam, so did coffee houses. They quickly became the preferred meeting place of the newly formed Continental Congress. The most famous was the Merchant’s Coffee House in Philadelphia, it was there that the Declaration of Independence was first read aloud to the public.
America is defined by its connection with coffee. There’s a good reason we arrange to meet friends for a cup of coffee not afternoon tea, we are expressing our independence and autonomy. So, carry on America, fly the colors and have a latte!
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