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Coffee time at Lausanne antiques fair

The Lausanne antiques fair includes a special exhibition on the history of coffee Keystone

The aroma of coffee will be in the air this week at the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne as the "star guest" of the city's annual antiques fair.

As usual, the fair is dominated by antique objects, with thousands of carpets, items of furniture and old books expected to attract over 20,000 visitors. Specialists will also be giving demonstrations of furniture restoration.

But for the special theme this year, organisers chose the subject of a commodity which – after oil – is the world’s second-most important, and the most widely consumed beverage in Europe.

Alongside the many antiques on view at the fair will be objects on loan from the Johann Jacobs coffee museum in Zurich, which is considered to be one of the most important of its kind.

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