Special of the Week

Coffee

Coffee plants grew wild in the Yemen before formal cultivation began around AD 575.  By the 15th century a highly developed industry had arisen.  Slowly, over 200 years, coffee plants were transported by travellers and traders to all parts of the globe, giving rise to the industry we see today.  The first Coffee House to open in England was not in London but in OXFORD, in 1650, predating the London opening by a few months.  The second in Oxford, about four years later, in a private house near All Souls College, later became the Royal Society.