Swedish coffee history

A time when coffee was heavily taxed. Coffee was introdu...

A time when coffee was heavily taxed.

Coffee was introduced to Sweden in the mid-1670s.

In this era, coffee was considered medicine.

Coffee did not become popular as a drink until about 100 years later. Demand increased among the upper classes.

However, in 1746 the monarchy imposed heavy taxes on a new popular drink: coffee.

Of course, the people refuse to pay taxes.

Ten years later, coffee was banned by the monarchy, but people still continued to drink it.

Furthermore, heavy taxes and bans encouraged Swedes to sell coffee on a black market basis.

King Gustav III's Attempt

King Gustav III begins to have all kinds of delusions because people are so excited about coffee.

First of all, there are concerns that coffee may have a negative effect on the body.

Furthermore, I think that people gathering to secretly drink coffee could lead to the formation of secret societies that could overthrow the monarchy.

So the king decided to conduct an experiment to scientifically prove that coffee is bad for the body.

The king asks a pair of twins, who had been sentenced to death, to cooperate in an experiment involving coffee. He offered to commute his sentence to life in prison if he cooperated.

The experiment involved having one twin drink three cups of coffee a day and the other drinking three cups of tea a day every day for the rest of their lives, and then checking their health.

Which twins drank coffee and tea every day on the king's orders?

What happened to the twins? Contrary to the king's expectations, the twins lived a long life.

Ironically, the king was assassinated in 1792 and died before his twin, without achieving any useful results.

Furthermore, one of the twins who drank tea ended up dying before the one who drank coffee.

People who continued to drink tea lived to be 83 years old (a very long lifespan in this day and age), and those who continued to drink coffee were still alive and well.

Prohibition of coffee expired in the 1820s, and coffee quickly became a popular beverage.

This is a story that makes it clear that the Swedish love for coffee goes back a long way.



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