To an American the mugs
he drinks his beer from seem old enough, but the Englishman finds them aggressively new.
But the monks are even less diffident of claiming their own separate mugs
and plates at table, and are unoffended by miscellaneous eating and drinking from one another's dishes.
Coffee dishes, coffee- pots, and coffee- mugs
appear in inventories, and show how quickly and eagerly the fragrant berry was sought for in private families.