David Freud founded his coffee empire in 1986, inspired by stories of his father's inter-war life spent in the coffee houses of Central Europe, "where coffee, beer, culture, and conversation flowed hand in hand." With his two cafes—one on Shaftesbury Avenue at the top of Monmouth Street in London and the other in Oxford—he aims to "recreate the bustle and chatter of his father's treasured Viennese hangouts." And luckily for us, he's now selling his line of coffee and tea accoutrements (including Latin inscribed mugs and tea towels, perfect for the erudite).
Above: The Alphabet Tea Towel is £10.80 from Freud.
Above: The bone china Alphabet Mugs are hand cast and decorated in Stoke-on-Trent; £15 each. The Latin alphabet graphics are based on a 1523 Venetian woodcut. Also available: Hebrew, Cyrillic, Arabic, Greek, and Ancient Hebrew mugs based on 1540 Roman woodcut.
Above: The Freud Cafe in Oxford is located on Walton Street in the former St. Paul's Church, a Greek Revival structure with "hauntingly high ceilings and decadent stained glass."
Above: How civilized: Students and members of the Oxford University Press get a discount on cocktails.