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Coffee, Tea, and Thee: Coffee History, The Dragon Way

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Oddly, coffee history contains an important footnote related to tea, politics, and a bar. And you thought you were paying attention in American History class!

What Does Green Dragon Coffee Have To Do With Tea?

Our innocent-looking coffee roasting house is named for the Green Dragon Tavern where the Boston Tea Party was planned. Surprised?

Hey, maybe we're rebels at heart. Maybe all coffee lovers are. In fact, long before the quest for independence began here, over the pond, King Charles II was starting to question the motives of coffee drinkers in England. In December of 1675, he issued a proclamation to suppress coffee houses. (It was revoked the following month, due to widespread protests. Moral of the story? Don't mess with coffee drinkers!)

So what did the king have against coffee houses? The proclamation declared that it was "most apparent" that "in such houses...scandalous reports are devised and spread abroad to the Defamation of His Majesty’s Government, and to the disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the Realm," and so on.

Our modern English translation goes something like this: Coffee drinkers may be inclined to share their opinions on politics and other things going on in the world. So what's wrong with that? Have another cuppa, we say. 

Coffee: Back to the Future

At GDR, we’re inspired by Coffee History and continue to honor the passion it seems to ignite in so many around the world.

One way we aim to honor coffee and coffee lovers is by sourcing only the highest quality beans from sustainable partners. And we continue to roast in Small Batches. 

What do we mean by "small batches?" Earlier this year, we increased our roasting capacity to five pounds - yep, you read that right. Five *whole* pounds. Our new, hand-machined drum roster allows us to (barely) keep up with demand, while offering our same personal craftsmanship with each roast.

If you want to learn more about the single origin, Fair Trade, organic, and other coffees we offer, please contact us. We’re always happy to hear from a fellow coffee-loving rebel.


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