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Coffee is far more than a beverage.

Part of our love affair with coffee seems to be tied up in the ritual and history of drinking it ... For centuries, gatherings over a cup of coffee have generated a collective mystique that every generation wants to join in on, wants its piece of, wishes to call its own.

VALLI KELLER, Javahouse Journals

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

T.S. ELIOT, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

The morning cup of coffee has an exhiliration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.


After a few months’ acquaintance with European “coffee,” one’s mind weakens, and his faith with it, and he begins to wonder if the rich beverage of home, with its clotted layer of yellow cream on top of it, is not a mere dream after all, and a thing which never existed.

MARK TWAIN, A Tramp Abroad

When you sit in a café, with a lot of music in the background and a lot of projects in your head, you're not really drinking your coffee or your tea. You're drinking your projects, you're drinking your worries. You are not real, and the coffee is not real either. Your coffee can only reveal itself to you as a reality when you go back to your self and produce your true presence, freeing yourself from the past, the future, and from your worries. When you are real, the tea also becomes real and the encounter between you and the tea is real. This is genuine tea drinking.

THICH NHAT HANH, Anger: Wisdome for Cooling the Flames

Roasted coffee contains over eight hundred separate flavour and aroma components, most of which form in the crucible of the roaster. This strange alchemy accounts in part for the hold that coffee exerts over our imagination.

ANTONY WILD, Coffee: A Dark History

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Coffee has assumed a social meaning that goes far beyond the simple black brew in the cup. The worldwide coffee culture is more than a culture -- it is a cult. There are usenet newsgroups on the subject, along with innumerable sites on the World Wide Web, and Starbucks outlets populate every street corner, vying for space with other coffeehouses and chains. And after all is said and done, it's just the pit of a berry from an Ethiopian shrub.

MARK PENDERGRAST, Uncommon Grounds

Coffee in England is just toasted milk.

CHRISTOPHER FRY, New York Post, Nov. 29, 1962

Don't worry about my coffee consumption. Worry about what I would do to you without it.


Coffee offers connoisseurship at a good price, without pretension.

KENNETH DAVIDS, Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying

American coffee can be a pale solution served at a temperature of 100 degrees centigrade in plastic thermos cups, usually obligatory in railroad stations for purposes of genocide, whereas coffee made with an American percolator, such as you find in private houses or in humble luncheonettes, served with eggs and bacon, is delicious, fragrant, goes down like pure spring water, and afterwards causes severe palpitations, because one cup contains more caffeine than four espressos.

UMBERTO ECO, How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays

Coffee is the world's most valuable trading commodity after oil.

ANTONY WILD, Coffee: A Dark History

Coffee is the common man's gold, and like gold,
it brings to every man the feeling of luxury and nobility.
Where coffee is served, there is
grace and splendor and friendship and happiness.
All cares vanish as the coffee cup is raised to the lips.

SHEIKH ABD-AL-KADIR, In Praise of Coffee

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?

ALBERT CAMUS, attributed, The Paradox of Choice

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Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.


Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
It maketh me to wake in green pastures:
It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my buzz.

BOB PHILLIPS, A Joke a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The powers of a man's mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks.

SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH, attributed, Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover's Soul

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.

ALFRED RENYI, attributed, My Brain Is Open

No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.


Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey cafe mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle's Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top.

SARAH VOWELL, The Partly Clouded Patriot

Coffee first. Schemes later.


All men should make coffee for their women.

Coffee is far more than a beverage. It is an invitation to life, disguised as a cup of warm liquid. It's a trumpet wakeup call or a gentle rousing hand on your shoulder.

NICOLE JOHNSON, Fresh-Brewed Life

The drinking of coffee is an absolute sin! Our Glorious Prophet did not partake of coffee because he knew it dulled the intellect, caused ulcers, hernia and sterility; he understood that coffee was nothing but the Devil's ruse.

ORHAN PAMUK, My Name is Red

I think we all pray to the first cup of the day. It's a silent prayer, sung while the mind is still foggy and blue. "O Magic Cup," it might go, "carry me above the traffic jam. Keep me civil in the subway. And forgive my employer, as you forgive me. Amen.


Decaffeinated coffee is kind of like kissing your sister.

BOB IRWIN, attributed, 12 Cups of Coffee

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The voodoo priest and all his powers were as nothing compared to espresso, cappuccino, and mocha, which are stronger than all the religions of the world combined, and perhaps stronger than the human soul itself.

MARK HELPRIN, Memoir from Antproof Case

The first requisite for a good cup of coffee in the morning is to get your wife out of bed.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

This coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind. The light cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge, the artillery of logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of with start up like sharpshooters. Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water, just as a battle with powder.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Treatise on Modern Stimulants


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