5 historic attempts to ban coffee

Updated: Jan 8, 2019

Today coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, but it has not always been the same. It was often drank by the public, but not from the upper echelons of society, so there have been several times in history where coffee was a forbidden product.

Its stimulating abilities and awakening effect on the masses frightened the rulers, leading them to extreme and demonizing the gift of coffee to the people,

There are five moments in the history in which coffee was not only not appreciated, but it also became a criminal offense.

1. Mecca

Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511 as it was thought to feed on radical thinking and gatherings. the governor feared that his opposition would be strengthened, and the country would be led to the fall of the regime. In Java of Indonesia, coffee was also banned because it was used as a tonic by the Sufi heresies to keep awake during funeral prayers.

2. Italy

When coffee arrived in Europe in the 16th century, the clergy put pressure on the decision makers to ban its circulation described it as 'satanic'. But when the Pope tasted the drink and liked it, jokingly that the baptism should have been done in coffee, the demonization was automatically lifted, and that moment was the beginning of the founding of all the cafes that opened in Europe since then.

3. Sweden

Sweden banned not only the coffee in 1746, but also the household goods accompanying the coffee, proceeding to the seizure of cups and dishes. King Gustavos the third, forced murderers who were sentenced to death to drink coffee while they were under medical supervision to see how many cups they would drink until they died from it, a survey that probably would take many years to complete, to the benefit of the coffee growers.

4. Prussia

In 1777, Grand Frederick of Russia issued a manifesto through which he narrated the superiority of beer in relation to coffee. His main problem was that coffee had a negative impact on beer consumption. So in an effort to try to persuade the country's citizens to start their day with a glass of beer, claiming that he grew up doing so himself.

5. Istanbul

With Murad the Third taking the throne of the Ottoman Empire in 1623, he rushed to ban the distribution and circulation of coffee by introducing at the same time a series of sentences for coffee offenders. The penalty for the first misconduct about the coffee was a strike to the hand with wood, and if someone re offended for the second time, they put them in a large leather bag and threw them into the waters of Bosporus.

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