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Wonder Drugs: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“Wonder Drugs: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate”

When coffee, tea and chocolate gained popularity in Europe during the seventeenth century, the brews of foreign beans and leaves were extoled for their miraculous health effects. They were classified at first not as food but as drugs, sold at apothecaries and prescribed by pharmacists and physicians. Medicinal claims for the new hot drinks ranged from aiding digestion and eliminating fatigue to curing leprosy and raising the dead—essentially curing whatever ailed you. Exhibition curator Yao-Fen You explores the miraculous properties assigned to the three beverages through the ages.

The lecture will be Monday, February 27 from 7-8 pm. Following the presentation guests can sample Ecuadorian Organic Drinking Chocolate and take a guided tour with MBH curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski of the Wilson family’s collection of tea and coffee sets from around the world.

Admission is $15 per person or $13.50 for MBH members

Cookies and coffee will be served.

Reservations are required. Please call (248) 364-6252 to make a reservation.


February 27
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Meadow Brook Hall
350 Estate Drive
Rochester, MI 48309 United States