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The Coffee House - A Brief History - Guest Blog by John Heywood, Yorkshire Historian & Writer

The mid-17th century saw coffee’s appeal change from medicinal applications to a drink to be enjoyed. The first coffee-house to open was at the Angel Coaching Inn in Oxford around 1650 quickly followed by several more. These early establishments in Oxford were known as penny universities, as they offered an alternative to the formal academic learning of the colleges themselves. They were though, the preserve of the well-educated and the wealthy.  

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