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Coffee History: The Boston Coffee Party

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If you know even the basics of American history, you've heard of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, where American revolutionaries disguised themselves as Native Americans and dumped a ship's cargo of tea into Boston Harbor in protest of British taxes.

But Boston is also the site of a shining Revolutionary moment in coffee history -- and not just because it was home to the Green Dragon Coffee House, the unofficial headquarters of the Revolution and our namesake. 

By 1777, the American Revolution was in full swing. A number of patriots had given up tea on principle, relying on other drinks -- including coffee -- instead. This included many of the ladies of Boston, Massachusetts.

One warehouse owner in Boston apparently tried to take advantage of this. Future first lady Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, on July 31, 1777 to describe what some have since dubbed the Boston Coffee Party.

Boston was experiencing wartime shortages of coffee and sugar, upsetting many of the city's coffee lovers, when a number of ladies heard rumors that a merchant was hiding a hoard of coffee beans in a warehouse.

Apparently, they were none too happy about this.

"A Number of Females some say a hundred, some say more assembled with a cart and trucks, marchd down to the Ware House and demanded the keys, which he refused to deliver, upon which one of them seazd him by his Neck and tossd him into the cart," Abigail Adams wrote to her husband. 

The women took his keys, opened the warehouse, and "liberated" the stash of coffee.

"It was reported that he had a Spanking among them, but this I believe was not true. A large concourse of Men stood amazd silent Spectators of the whole transaction," Abigail wrote.

American women took their coffee very seriously in the late 1700s! 

So do we. If you're serious about your daily cup, too, contact us for help choosing the perfect bean.


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