Researchers have uncovered an ’18th century Starbucks’, proving we’ve always been basic

Researchers have uncovered an '18th century Starbucks', proving we've always been basic
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If you think our obsession with spending all our mortgage money on coffee is a recent phenomenon, think again.

People have been blowing their pay packets on espressos for time.

And here’s proof: an ’18th century Starbucks’ has just been discovered in Cambridge.

More than 500 pieces of 1700s drinkware have been found in an unused cellar at St John’s College in Cambridge.

It was thought to have been once owned by a married couple called the Claphams, who run the place between the 1740s and 1770s – and the mugs and vessels still have their name emblazoned on them after all these years.

And that’s rare, according to Craig Cessford, a member of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit – the team who uncovered the cellar’s contents.

His unit found vessels for sipping coffee, tea and chocolate – which Craig says makes the place the Starbucks of its time, where academics would have gone to drink while working on manuscripts.

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Coffeehouses were pretty popular back in the 18th century and were pretty salubrious establishments. This particular one may have also been a kind of inn as well, as Craig says that many coffeehouses also doubled up as alehouses. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

Other finds included Georgian serving dishes, jelly glasses, clay pipes and 38 teapots.

Ah, some loves never die do they?

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