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Coffee from Arabia to the coffee house. Christopher Bradley Tuesday 05 November 2019

Christopher Bradley, after graduating as a civil engineer worked in Saudi Arabia and travelled widely around the country. He then spent 10 years working as a tour group leader and now has extensive experience of the Middle East and North Africa. He lectures to universities and societies, is a published author, a prolific travel photographer and a television documentary film maker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of numerous Middle Eastern societies. 

Long before cappuccinos and skinny lattes, all the world's coffee traded through the tiny port of Mokha in Yemen. Popularised in Constantinople, Vienna and Amsterdam, the first English coffee-house opened the1650's and by 1700 there were 500 in London alone. Beginning as 'sobering meeting places' they were frequented by artists, authors and politicians where the debating of literary and political ideas was encouraged, as seen in early prints and lithographs. The promotion and marketing of coffee went through a distinctive art nouveau period and we will see it included in works of the major French Impressionists.