Victorian England: a nation of coffee drinkers





The ONS has released a document, published during the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, which reveals in minute detail the economic and social make up of the country....

Despite the Empire's reputation for being fuelled by afternoon tea, the data indicates that coffee was still the drink of choice in Britain.

In 1840, the year Victoria married Prince Albert, Britain imported 28 million lbs of tea, but we imported more than twice as much coffee at 70 million lbs. By 1853, the trend had changed as the plantations in India started to supply England with serious quantities of tea, surpassing coffee imports for the first time....


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