May 8, 2004

Coffee conversation.

ME [Reading this]: "Shakespeare didn't have coffee!"

JOHN: "But Beethoven did. He cared so much about his coffee that he counted out the beans. He had to have 60 beans per cup.

That last link also has Bach's Coffee Cantata:
Mmm! How sweet the coffee tastes, more delicious than a thousand kisses, mellower than muscatel wine. Coffee, coffee I must have, and if someone wishes to give me a treat, ah, then pour me out some coffee!

You'll know you're a real coffee person if reading that makes you go get some coffee.

Where did coffee originate? Ethiopia! "Abyssinian goat herder Kaldi observed his herd's interest in eating berries of a certain tree whereupon they would become excited and spirited for periods of time, and often wanted to neither rest nor sleep at night." So thanks to Kaldi's perceptive goats for the centuries of enhanced perception their discovery bestowed upon us.