SILVER COFFEE POT
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Silver Coffee Pot
Tea was not generally popular in the Maltese Islands prior to the advent of the British, and coffee pot manufacturing in Malta can be traced back to the last quarter of the 17th century.
In 1615, a Venetian merchant brought coffee into Europe, and a year later, the Dutch brought over an actual coffee plant. However, these plants could not grow in the European climate, which was colder than their legendary native Ethiopia. It is said that the coffee plant was first discovered in the province of Kaffa, and from there it spread to the Middle East. Another theory is that Yemen could have been the coffee plant’s country of origin.
Coffee was a jealously guarded commodity, and in Arabia, where they boiled and parched export beans to make them infertile, it was a crime punishable by death for a European to have a coffee plant or fertile beans in their possession. In 1696, the Dutch set-up the first European-owned coffee estate in Java, and became the main coffee suppliers to Europe, with Amsterdam as the trading centre.
Coffee became very popular in Europe towards the late 17th century, and coffee houses began to open throughout the continent. As places of social, political and commercial activity, they became important institutions. In fact, Lloyd’s of London, started out as a coffee house in 1688.
This pear-shaped coffee pot on three feet has a raised cover with flower-spray finial, and an ebonised scroll handle.