Despite the fact that every other shop in most cities seems to be a bloody Starbucks (or something similar), this is not a modern day occurrence.
In the 17th century, London had over one thousand establishments catering to a strange new craze imported from Arabia in the early months of 1615. The popularity of this new wonder brew was not universally acclaimed, as in 1674, a pamphlet appeared accusing coffee of sapping the strength of men; .:
“Drying, Enfeebling LIQUOR had eunucht our Husbands, and Crippled our more kind gallants.”
The disgruntled ladies went on to complain that after returning from coffee houses, their men emerge “with nothing moist but their snotty Noses, nothing stiffe but their joints, nor standing but their Ears.”
The men, not to be out done, responded with their own pamphlet claiming that coffee “makes the erection more Vigorous, and the Ejaculation more full with spiritualesceny to the Sperme…”
I have always preferred tea myself.