An Ode to Coffee

Many people wonder why I am so obsessed with coffee, and think it’s strange that I drink as much as I do. I’ll have a cup of coffee at least three times a day you see, but I’m also quite obsessive in the way I go about it. If I’m sitting down to watch a film with a friend, or if I’m settling down to do some work, I simply can’t operate until I get my cuppa. It can make any moment seem better, and it’s for that reason that I just don’t feel like a moment is complete until there’s a cup of coffee there. In case you’re still struggling to associate with that feeling though, here’s a little ode to coffee that should help to get you on board.


Did you know that coffee is responsible for the enlightenment? I’m not talking about the Shaolin style enlightment, but rather the enlightenment in the renaissance sense that we associate with Da Vinci and technological innovation.

Why is this the case? Well you see back in the middle ages, those living in Europe were unable to drink normal water because it was riddled to disease and this lead to only one solution – drinking purely beer so that the alcohol would disinfect the water.

That of course lead to people being somewhat absent minded a lot of the time and getting into a lot of fights – in short it wasn’t conducive to the progression of society en-mass.

Enter hot drinks like coffee and tea though, and suddenly not everyone is spending their entire time in the pub fighting, but instead we’re in coffee shops discussing politics and philosophy. Caffeine isn’t just better for you than alcohol, it’s a nootropic that can make you smarter – no wonder society started progressing!

Coffee Culture

And this ‘coffee culture’ that is responsible for our clean water and printing press still continues today and in fact is having something of a renaissance of its own. Thanks to the internet and portable computing, more and more of us are taking to the coffee shops once again to chat and work and this is where all the hip young start-ups are beginning. And if you’re still stuck in an office? Well I imagine that you use the stimulating power of coffee to help you actually get there as well.

But even when we’re not changing the world, coffee is still a great social lubricant. Would the TV series ‘Friends’ even exist if it wasn’t for coffee? There’s just no better feeling than relaxing in a pleasant environment with a friend while nursing a hot steaming cup of coffee. And when you’re on your own? Then coffee is the ultimate comfort that won’t cause you to gain weight and that is incredibly soothing thanks to the warmth and creaminess.

When you get good at coffee there’s loads to learn too, and the rabbit hole goes as deep as you want it to. Happy to stick with filter coffee? Fine, but otherwise there’s cappuccino, latte, chi latte… the options are endless.


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