The Orange Order has launched its own brand of coffee called King William Blend.
According to the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, the coffee is “made from beans sourced from the 17th century Dutch coffee houses where King William’s glorious revolution was planned”.
Manufactured by Craigavon company Ballentine’s, the mug and coffee set have already sold out on the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland’s website, having gone on sale just over a week ago.
The gift set costs £20 and has been ordered by customers across the UK and even Canada.
The card inside the box reads: “This unique blend was meant to evoke thoughts of freedom! As you sit back and savor its flavor, you’ll be transported back to the coffee shops of 17th-century Amsterdam, and Croom Elbow in particular.
“Amidst the swirling aroma of coffee, some of the most important architects of the glorious revolution met to discuss their plans.”
David Scott, Orange Order’s service and outreach manager, told The Newsletter: “We wanted something unique, something marketable and something that would go with the [Orange] Museum.
“The most important thing is trying to educate people, so each set comes with a little card that explains the story behind the origins of coffee.
“This is another attempt to get our people thinking about the legacy, the history.”
Museum curator Jonathan Mattison added: “Around 1685 many of those supporters of William – thinkers, writers, politicians, ex-soldiers exiled under the reign of James II – found a home in places like Amsterdam.
“The architects of the glorious revolution sat in cafés like Croom Elbow, making plans.
“I can neither confirm nor deny whether William himself would have had coffee in Croom Elbow. It was more likely that representatives of his court drank coffee there and planned their strategies.
“Launching a massive propaganda exercise before William actually landed would have been hatched over a cup of coffee.”
The Orange Order takes its name from the Protestant King William of Orange, who defeated the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690. Orange refers to the region of southeastern France that was part of the Williams family estate.
This isn’t the first time a drink has been named in honor of the Dutch-born monarch.
The makers of King William Gin were already embroiled in controversy in 2020 when Amazon dismissed claims it had stopped selling the English-made spirit because it caused offense in Northern Ireland.
In a series jokingly dubbed ‘the Bottle of the Boyne’, the gin makers wrote on Facebook that some people couldn’t seem to accept that King Billy was ‘a legend’.
His first act of Parliament after acceding to the British throne was to liberalize gin distilling in 1690.
The makers said the Glorious Revolution, as it was called, started a gin revolution and heralded the beginning of craft gin distillation in the UK.
Two styles of King William Gin were made, a London Dry Gin and a blood orange blend made by Kingstown Distillery.
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