Essay on The History of the World in Six Glasses

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A History of the World in Six Glasses
SPIRITS
1. From which advanced civilization/culture did Europeans get the “science” of how to make spirits?
The Europeans got the “science” of how to make spirits from Córdoba in southern Spain, the capital of Arab Andalusia. 2. In what ways was the “discovery” and use of distillation important to the rebirth of science in Europe? How was distillation perceived and which infant science did it go hand in hand with, this probably leading to further work and discovery? Also look at what sorts of texts had to be translated and what that might have led to.
The “discovery” and use of distillation was important to the rebirth of science in Europe by creating new principles of chemistry.
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After having tasted coffee, Pope Clement VIII approved the drink. Before his decision, coffee was only known in Europe by botanists and medical men. At his approval, coffee spread through Western Europe within half a century. 2. Why was it so important to Europe’s development that many people’s beverage of choice switched from alcohol to coffee?
It was important to Europe’s development that many people’s beverage of choice switched from alcohol to coffee because, unlike the intoxicating effects of alcohol, coffee sobered the scientists, intellectuals, merchants and clerks up. It helped them to work longer while staying awake and alert, therefore increasing efficiency in their work and studies. 3. Describe coffee’s effect on the global balance of power in terms of commerce.
As the production of coffee increased, so did consumption. Many people were becoming addicted to the drink, guaranteeing that coffee would never be an unwanted product. Big companies like, for example, Starbucks will charge $6 a cup when at a gas station the same amount of coffee only costs $.99. There are even ways of making it at home. Consumers can buy the beans then grind them, or just buy a coffee machine to do it instead. 4. How did coffee play a pivotal role in the scientific revolution? Give lots of detail here.
Coffeehouses near universities became popular venues for academic discussion. The

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