A history of coffee

Presented in partnership with L'Or espresso

IMAGE: Portrait of an Ottoman woman drinking coffee by unknown French artist, Pera Museum, Istanbul

In this day and age, it's difficult to imagine the ritual of breakfast without a cup of coffee. But how much do you actually know about the history behind this customary beverage? Tune in to this fascinating Zoom lecture with historian Darren Smith, who will discuss the rise in popularity of coffee in trend-setting 18th century France. 

Learn about coffee's incredible journey from Istanbul to France, how it garnered favour and popularity at the French court, the subsequent birth of cafés and café culture, and France's status as the major producer of coffee in the Caribbean. The lecture will illustrate this trajectory through primary sources in French from the period, including poems, songs and artworks.



Darren is a historian based at the University of Sydney, currently researching French travellers in Istanbul and the broader Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His research interests include cultural exchange between France and the Ottoman Empire. He has taught medieval and early modern history at the university, including in a unit on French history from Reformation to Revolution.


Win one of two L'Or Barista machines complete with capsules and cups!

To go in the draw to win this fabulous prize, attend this event and answer our 25 word question which will sent out to all RSVPs.

Those who miss out on winning will receive a discount code to enjoy at L'Or espresso. 

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