Stimulating Beverages: The History of Tea, Coffee, Chocolate in Early America
Take your taste buds on a well crafted adventure as you learn about Colonial era beverages, explore a historic New England town and dive deep into the traditions of early American life.
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Program No. 16102RJ
4 days
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Nothing starts a day like a delicious cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate! Hands-on demonstrations and expert lectures at Historic Deerfield highlight these drinks, considered exotic when introduced to 17th-century New Englanders. Curators discuss the natural history of the source plants, the preparation of the beverages and the distribution throughout New England. In the historic houses, explore objects used to prepare and serve the three stimulating beverages and their important social role in early American life.
Activity Level
Walking up to a quarter mile; some stairs. Historic buildings do not have ramps or elevators.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Taste Colonial hot beverages in a historic New England village and discover contemporary flavors of chocolate
  • Gain skills to identify the highest quality tea, coffee and chocoloate -where it's found and how it's prepared before it reaches the consurmer.
  • Knowledgeable experts present the origins, history, etiquette and culture of tea, coffee and chocolate.
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Senn & Darren Pierce
Senn and Darren Pierce followed their passions when they started providing Air Roasted coffee to the University of Massachusetts community. For more than two decades, they have achieved their goals of providing the best quality coffee available through the Air Roasting method used by only 5% of the world’s coffee roasters. From small beginnings, they now distribute coffee to universities, restaurants, resorts and hotels. They are on the precipice of launching a patented “Coffee in a Keg” cold brew filtered extract.
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Claire Carlson
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Amanda Lange
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Robert J. Heiss
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