Who doesn’t love their coffee in the morning?
While Jews may not have been the ones to discover the caffeinated effects of the beverage, they did have a hand in popularizing the drink throughout Europe and the United States. A Jew opened the first coffee house in Italy and in 1650 “Jacob the Jew” opened the first coffee house in Oxford.
Moment Magazine has the interesting story about the relationship between Jews and the enticing drink. One way they helped spread Java? Introducing America to the coffee cake.
Read the story here.
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