Coffee
(1,861 words)

1. Definition and origins

The hot drink coffee is considered a recreational stimulant, a category that includes substances that are not foodstuffs (Food), but that are consumed for their pleasant taste or stimulant or euphoric effect. Typically, coffee acts as a nervous stimulant that promotes alertness, and as a diuretic, from the caffeine it contains. Coffee is made from the roasted and gr…

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Menninger, Annerose, “Coffee”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021816>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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