Coffee was first introduced to Western Europe in the mid-17th century and quickly became extremely popular; the first recorded coffee-house outside the Ottoman Empire opened its doors in Venice in 1645 and the first one in England opened in Oxford five years later. The coffee-houses of 17th- and 18th-century Europe were places of socializing, business, and the exchange of news and gossip.

Men in a coffeehouse

News & hot coffee . . .

Coffee-house expansion

The Coffee-house has been significantly expanded to emphasize new publication projects, research and development, and scholarly communications:


— new digital editions exclusive to EE
— geographical, stylistic & topical R&D
— translation projects


EE Colloquia
— LeClerc Festschrift


— linking a growing network of people and organisations interested in correspondence

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