Sylvestre Dufour

Alternative Name(s)
  • Philippe Sylvestre Dufour
  • Sylvian Dufour
  • Sylvestre Du Four
Date 1622 - 1687
Biographical NotesDufour was a French merchant and writer, mainly known for a treatise on tea, coffee, and chocolate titled ‘De l’usage du caphé, du thé, et du chocolate’ (1671).

There are contradictory accounts of Durfour's profession. Ina Baghdiantz McCabe, Orientalism in Early Modern France (2008), claims Dufour was a doctor. Ross W. Jamieson, 'The Essence of Commodification: Caffeine Dependencies in the Early Modern World', Journal of Social History, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Winter, 2001), calls him a 'pharmacist'; the BNF catalogue calls him a spice merchant; and the BL catalogue lists Dufour as a pseudonym of 'Jacob Spon'.
Work(s)Author of Instruction Morale d'un Père à Son Fils qui Part Pour un Long Voyage (1678) in Instruction Morale d'un Père à Son Fils, qui Part Pour un Long Voyage: ou Manière Aisée de Former un Jeune Homme à Toutes Fortes de Vertus