A tribute to coffee.

Without my morning coffee I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat. ~ Johann Sebastian Bach, “The Coffee Cantata”

Who knew that Bach composed a coffee cantata?  I certainly didn’t.  I knew nothing of his lighter side.  The link above is in both German and English.  Some would prefer the original language.  I’ve now listened to several versions and find it funny in any language.  The message of course being that many of us are bears before we have our coffee.  (Tish, you’re going to love this music.)

Today is National Coffee Day in the US.  I bought a bag of Jim’s organic coffee in its honor.  Jim created this blend especially for his wife Jo-Jo.  It promises to be a “blend of grace, full of aroma and good taste…smooth and never bitter…Perfection”  And I gotta tell you the smell is heavenly just sitting here beside me in the bag.  I had a cup this afternoon and I agree with Jim–it is perfect.  Even the bag uses renewable sources.  Way to go, Jim!

I didn’t drink coffee until I was in my early thirties.  I was student teaching in a local high school and we had a morning planning period.  I blame my supervising teacher for what has become my caffeine addiction. 🙂  Every morning I tagged along to discuss lessons with her while she had her coffee.  It didn’t take me long to join the club.  Prior to that I had loved the smell but not the taste.  I soon understood that it wasn’t so much the taste as the “lift” one gets from the caffeine.  I found out what a great “waker-upper” it is.  Now I even like the taste, but it has to be very fresh and a really good blend/roast.

I found some great coffee comments as I was researching this day and this topic.  Jeff Bezos said, “In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.”  Now that’s a caffeine high.  I’ve been to Seattle a number of times and I agree that they have some outstanding coffee and they love it as much as I do, maybe more.  D and I sat in a cafe on the water in Mukilteo several times and enjoyed their wonderful coffee with breakfast.  I have also visited the very first Starbucks at Pikes Place Market in Seattle.  Can you tell I love Seattle?  And not just for their coffee.

I found a couple of good political coffee quotes, too.  Ronald Reagan said, “I never drink coffee at lunch.  I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.”  Now that explains a great deal.  I always suspected he slept through a lot of his presidency, especially the second term.  This proves it.  And while we’re on politics–Donald W. Brown said, “There isn’t enough coffee in the U.S. to keep everyone awake during a Presidential campaign.”  If you think he’s joking just tune in one of the Republican debates and see if you don’t fall asleep on the couch.  I do.

Only one thing is certain about coffee…Wherever it is grown, sold, brewed, and consumed, there will be lively controversy, strong opinions, and good conversations. ~ Mark Pendergrast

Whether you had hot coffee or a frozen delight or both, I hope you’ve had a good National Coffee Day.  Now get some sleep.  (She says with an evil giggle.)

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18 thoughts on “A tribute to coffee.

  1. Yum! skinny caramel macchiato sounds great. When you’re out Christmas shopping this year, stop by Starbucks and get their peppermint mocha. Too expensive but great for a special treat. They have only during the holidays.

    Thanks for that awesome compliment. 🙂

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  2. Great tribute to my favorite beverage. I love the skinny caramel macchiato by coffee house top with low fat whipped cream. For the holidays, I’m crazy over peppermint mocha by coffee mate. I was in my late 20’s when I started to keep me awake for the exams, top with red bull.I won’t do that now due to chances of palpitations but those were the fun years. I too vote for a coffee holiday. But wait, is this going to be worldwide? Have a fun day my friend. You blog is addicting. Even without caffeine!

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  3. Imagine a National Coffee Day! Well I always start the day with a couple of cups of tea (I’m English after all) but the rest of the day is devoted to coffee. Love the comments particularly the Regan one. We have had several Prime Ministers here who were high on coffee – no other reason can I find for some of the things they said. Thanks for a good post.

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    • I like tea, too. But that first drink in the morning is always coffee.

      Sometimes I wish some of the Republicans would get high on something. Maybe it would loosen them up enough to allow them to make some intelligent decisions. I’m a bit partisan.

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  4. I’ve always been an English tea guy… Black tea mixed with gentle servings of sugar and a hint of milk send my morning in nice directions…but if I don’t get it…i’m quite the grump to deal with… I know you may not think it, but i’m only half barbarian… the other have is more of a gent than I allow through my words…

    T.

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  5. Cheddar often laughs about me telling you I was engaged and preggo.
    S- pulls out left hand and shows engagement ring
    Mom – looks over and says, “well. wow.”
    S- ” yeah. um. well….there’s more….”
    Mom- “Let me have my coffee first.”

    HAHAHAHA

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  6. I had no idea this even existed. You are right, P, I loved it. I even went looking for a translation and have bookmarked this in my computer.

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  7. I have enjoyed coffee all my life, but I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I do now that I am retired. Every single morning (and not just on weekends) I can cuddle my first cup of coffee and slowly come to life. I am delighted that we can now choose to purchase coffee from shade-grown beans.

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