Dishes from an “18th century Starbucks” found in an unused cellar at St. John’s College in Cambridge have perked up British archaeologists.
More than 500 artifacts from Clapham’s named for married proprietors who ran the place from the 1740s to the 1770s include vessels for sipping coffee, tea and chocolate.
Clapham’s was “definitely a coffeehouse,” said Craig Cessford, of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, who acknowledges that his “Starbucks comment was a bit of a tongue in cheek.”
The research helps shed light on coffee consumption in England, which is automatically associated with tea.
“In the late 17th century coffee was more popular than tea in England,” Cessford tells the Daily News. “But over time the position was reversed so by the mid -18th century tea was the more common drink.”
Like the hit of a grande double shot espresso, one part of the discovery had Cessford and the team buzzing.
“That would have to be the decorated plates with the name Jane Clapham on the rear,” he says . “In archaeology you rarely get evidence that allows you to link an item from the past to a particular individual so unambiguously.
One wonders if Clapham’s Christmas mugs caused as many ruckuses as Starbuck’s holiday cups now do.