Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: A History of Caffeinated Drinks in the Western World | Newberry

Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: A History of Caffeinated Drinks in the Western World

Led by Sarah Kernan. Three sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tuesdays, June 11 - June 25

2 - 4 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $170
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $187

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Register Online

Seminar Description

The ubiquity of coffee, tea, and chocolate obscures their past histories as exotic and luxurious beverages that were often the focus of political turmoil, geographical exploration, religious debate, and medical observation. Focusing on primary sources, many drawn from the Newberry’s collection, we will discuss topics as diverse as the purported medicinal properties of chocolate, the shipping and taxation of tea, and questions of immoral behavior in early modern London coffehouses.

Three sessions. E – $170, L – $187

Sarah Peters Kernan is an independent culinary historian. She holds a PhD in medieval history from Ohio State University

Materials List


  • A course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time. *Please note that you can obtain the electronic copy of the course packet for no additional cost.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.