Are you a black coffee drinker? A latte-sipper? A frap fanatic? However you take your joe, you've had a predecessor who sipped long before you poured a cuppa.
Paul over at coffeemakerusa.com published a fun list of 11 famous coffee drinkers in history and I thought I'd recap five highlights. Chances are, no matter how you take your brew, you'll find a role model in this lot.
1) Søren Kierkegaard.
The only thing more attractive than a brooding young man, is a brooding young man staring into a cup of black coffee. Although this man was not Søren Kierkegaard, he never took his coffee black. The religious, Danish philosopher and coffee-drinker extrordinare is recorded by biographer, Joakim Garff, as daily "seizing hold of the bag containing the sugar and poured sugar into the coffee cup until it was piled up above the rim. Next came the incredibly strong, black coffee, which slowly dissolved the white pyramid.” There's nothing like sugar and caffeine to combat angst.
2) Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy was an impressive man. If being a rough rider, saving the forests, and being president isn't enough, coffeemakerusa reports he "allegedly drank a gallon of coffee every day. He was also credited with coining the 'Good to the last drop' slogan for Maxwell House Coffee during a visit to the home of former president Andrew Jackson." Hmmm...a man who drinks a gallon of coffee a day...this could replace the hot lumberjack phase.
3) Thomas Jefferson
Everyone knows that everyone was drunk at the meetings for the declaration of independence. Oh, you didn't? I assure you, they were. (Or so my high school A.P. U.S. History teacher convinced us.) However, amongst all those drunks you have good old Tommy Jeff...though known to imbibe with wine himself, he's noted as calling coffee his "favorite drink of the civilised world." We couldn't agree more, Jeffy. Here, clink cheers with our coffee mug.
4) Benjamin Franklin
Apparently America was founded on coffee. Benjamin Franklin once wrote “Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions…is never followed by sadness, languor or debility.” The most valuable. This man gets it. Coffee is never followed by sadness, it is the stuff of joy!
5) Napolean Bonaparte
Here's is the true coffee lover of the list. I can't say it anymore than Paul did: "Napoleon Bonaparte asked for a spoonful of coffee while on his deathbed, and his autopsy revealed coffee grounds in his stomach. He is credited with the quote 'I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.'” Truer words were never spoken, but does this prove that coffee really stunts one's growth?
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