The following coffee-related events occurred in 1683:

  • William Penn, founder of the Pennsylvania Colony in the American Colonies, bought a supply of coffee in New York for 18 shillings, nine pence per pound. This purchase is the first instance of coffee appearing in the official records of an American colony[1].


  • September 12 - The Polish army routed invading Turks who were laying siege to Vienna. Georg Franz Kolschitzky, who was a key figure in the victory, discovered a large hoard of coffee left behind by the fleeing Turks. With this coffee, he established what is considered to be the first European coffee house. Following the establishment of his coffee house, the popularity of coffee would rapidly spread across Europe.


  1. William H. Ukers (1922). “Introduction of Coffee into North America”, All about Coffee, 105. ISBN 0810340925.

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