Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate Consuming the World Yao-Fen You, Mimi Hellman, Hope Saska

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
03 Nov 2016
ISBN:
9780300222500
Imprint:
Detroit Institute of Arts
Dimensions:
142 pages: 229 x 178mm
Illustrations:
90 color illus.
Sales territories:
World

Coffee, tea, and chocolate were all the rage in Enlightenment Europe. These fashionable beverages profoundly shaped modes of sociability and patterns of consumption, yet none of the plants required for their preparation was native to the continent: coffee was imported from the Levant, tea from Asia, and chocolate from Mesoamerica. Their introduction to 17th-century Europe revolutionized drinking habits and social customs. It also spurred an insatiable demand for specialized vessels such as hot beverage services and tea canisters, coffee cups and chocolate pots.
 
This beautiful book demonstrates how the paraphernalia associated with coffee, tea, and chocolate can eloquently evoke the culture of these new beverages and the material pleasures that surrounded them. Contributors address such topics as the politics of coffee consumption in 18th-century Germany; 18th-century visual satires on the European consumption of tea, coffee, and chocolate; and the design history of coffee pots in the United States between the colonial period and the present.

Yao-Fen You is associate curator of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts.