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#53: Did America Switch from Tea to Coffee Due to the Boston Tea Party?

#53: Did America Switch from Tea to Coffee Due to the Boston Tea Party?

In mid-December 1773 a force of colonists, dressed up as Mohawk Indians, boarded the three boats and dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor. The protest later became known as the Boston Tea Party, but many historians (and coffee afficionados) believe it also sparked an anti-tea (read anti-British) sentiment in the colonies.

John Adams wrote to Abigail on July 6, 1774 that “… I have drank Coffee every Afternoon since, and have borne it very well. Tea must be universally renounced. I must be weaned, and the sooner, the better.”

Did Americans really ditch tea for coffee due to the American Revolution? Find out in this episode.

The inspiration for this episode came from Black Rifle Coffee Company, a coffee roaster owned and operated by U.S. Veterans. Their stuff is really good; you should check it out.

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