The Virtues of Coffee, Chocolate, and Tea

This wonderful little piece comes from Slate in the Vault blog.  It's a great broadside advertisement from a 1690 coffeehouse entrepreneur claiming the benefits of our now most commonly used drug on Earth, caffeine.  Coffee was known in Europe but new as a common drink and still a bit suspect since it came from Arabia …

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A Nice Cup of Tea; eleven steps to the perfect brew

As I get older I find a drink more tea and truly appreciate this sometimes underestimated drink. I saw this over at Brain Pickings and it shows a lot of good sense from one of my favorite writers, George Orwell.  Here are his eleven rules for making good tea excerpted from his 1945 essay, A …