By Michael W. Austin, Scott F. Parker
Supplying philosophical insights into the preferred morning brew, Coffee -- Philosophy for Everyone kick begins the day with an enjoyable yet severe dialogue of the ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and tradition of coffee.
Matt Lounsbury of pioneering company Stumptown espresso discusses simply how strong espresso can be
Caffeine-related chapters disguise the ethics of the espresso exchange, the metaphysics of espresso and the centrality of the espresso condominium to the general public sphere
Includes a foreword via Donald Schoenholt, President at Gillies espresso corporation
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43 Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds, pp. 412–413; Stephen Braun, Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 107–195. indd 24 MARK P ENDERGRAS T 12/9/2010 7:22:36 PM M I C H A E L W. ” As I write this, there is a commercial airing on television in which a guy apparently cannot interact with other people in anything resembling a pleasant fashion until he has had his morning cup of coffee. The above words are the first words out of his mouth when his roommate greets him in the morning.
Four years later the king forbade the roasting of coffee except in official government establishments, forcing the poor to resort to coffee substitutes. They also managed to get hold of real coffee beans and roast them clandestinely, but government spies, pejoratively named coffee smellers by the populace, put them out of business. Eventually coffee outlived all the efforts to stifle it in Germany. Frauen particularly loved their Kaffeeklatches, gossipy social interludes that gave the brew a more feminine image.
Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine! ”14 Later in the century, coffee-obsessed Ludwig van Beethoven ground precisely sixty beans to brew a cup. By 1777 the hot beverage had become entirely too popular for Frederick the Great, who issued a manifesto in favor of Germany’s more traditional drink: “It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects, and the like amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence.