A day without coffee is hard, heck, a few hours without coffee can be a little touch-and-go. But Imagine a decade, even a millenia, without coffee. What if coffee was banned, what if people found its magical powers to be so threatening that they wiped it out all together? Well, historically, this happened-- not once, but at least four times!
1) 1511, Mecca. The governor of Mecca had some political opposition. And aside from disliking the governor, these opponents had one thing in common: coffee drinking. Historically speaking, coffee hadn't been around that long (only from the 890s) at this time in Mecca. So, to meet his political ends, for he truly believed coffee insighted poeple to treason and to plot against him, he had the wonderful drink banned. Luckily the Sultan son overruled the governor and coffee was back brewing forward-thinking.
2) 1623, Constantinople. A new man was leading the Ottoman Empire and he'd just slid into the hot seat. It was a relief when Murad IV Ghazi became ruler as his predecessors had been wickedly corrupt. However, his course of action was clean living: banning alchohol, tobbacco, and coffee!
3) 1746, Sweden. King Gustave III, for reasons unknown immediately banned coffee from the public realm upon taking the throne. He instead had coffee tested on death row prisoners to see if it would kill a man in copious amounts, the results were inconclusive.
4) 1777, Russia. Frederick the Great had a great fondness for beer and upon taking the throne outlawed coffee in the hopes that beer would be the drink of choice. The public, however, preferred a more sobering drink.
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