December 29, 1675: King Charles II issued his Proclamation for the Suppression of Coffee Houses. In it he banned coffeehouses as of January 10, 1676 since they had become “the great resort of Idle and disaffected persons” where tradesmen neglected their business. Charles also included that the greatest problem with coffeehouses were that they were creating and spreading defamation of the government and the peace and quiet of the realm! There was such an uproar and a fear that the monarchy might be overthrown – all over coffee – that 2 days before the proclamation was to take effect – it was withdrawn and Charles backed down.
Personal note: Funny now that you look at this…since the Brits now prefer tea as their drink of choice!