With coffee having been a staple beverage among…well, everyone, over the past several hundred years, it makes sense that a few famous folks would have chosen to partake.
Of course, it’s not the act of coffee drinking that makes someone interesting – it’s all the activity around it. Famous philosophers, artists and writers used to spend their time in coffee houses debating and coming up with new ideas.
Sometimes famous breakthroughs in a wide range of industries have been made over sharing cups of coffee.
So who are some of those famous drinkers, and what relationship did they have to our beloved beverage?
Johann Sebastian Bach
He might have spent his time writing music but the composer had a renowned love of coffee. In fact, he even turned a poem that his friend wrote into “The Coffee Cantata”. At the time, coffee was seen as something of a vice and there was public outcry as to the rise of coffeehouses in Vienna.
Bach’s coffee-loving composition mocked the people who were making a big fuss over the whole thing.
During the 1700s, coffeehouses were some of the most happening places on the planet. Great thinkers would come to discuss ideas, chat with friends and ponder over the more important issues of the day.
Benjamin Franklin, naturally, was one of them. He would even hold political meetings at coffeehouses in London while he was stationed there, and even asked that his mail be delivered to one of his favourite coffee houses!
What’s more – Franklin even sold his own coffee beans. Too bad he isn’t around today – he could probably whip up a killer brew.
You probably needed a strong constitution in order to survive the French Revolution, and coffee certainly would have helped. So, it’s no wonder that the French philosopher Voltaire was reportedly in love with the stuff.
In fact, he was so in love with coffee that it’s reported he drunk nearly 50 cups of coffee every day. Keep in mind, though, that the cups drunk in revolutionary France were pretty small – he was probably drinking the equivalent of what a strong coffee drinker would today.
That being said, Voltaire wrote like a maniac. He produced plays, essays, poetry and novels during his life – probably needed the caffeine just to meet his literary quotas!
Teddy was a crazy dude. He was an historian, a writer, and trekked across Africa and the Amazon Basin – he even nearly died of tropical disease. All that, and he has his face carved out on a giant rock in Mount Rushmore.
He also loved coffee. Like – loved it. Teddy drunk cups of the stuff every day, (almost a gallon – about four litres), and rumour has it he even helped Maxwell House coffee come up with its own slogan of “good to the last drop”.
If that wasn’t enough, he was known for putting as many as seven lumps of sugar in each cup.
If you’re going to be president of the United States, you might need a little more caffeine than the average drinker…