International Coffee Day is celebrated every year on the first of October, and you will be amazed to know the different coffee types. Until recently, I had no idea about it, knowing that I’m a tea lover with zero affiliations with coffee. However, my recent third wheeling a couple to a famous coffee brewery and interaction with a coffee enthusiast, and fellow literature fanatic made me delve a bit deeper into this bitter and robust world of, well, coffee (and the types of coffee). He pointed out to me the words of Eliot and his measuring of life with coffee spoons.
Coffee Prologues: Types Of Coffee
Literature and their masters have often sought comfort in various addictives, may it be cocaine or coffee. People cannot disregard the influence of caffeine on writing. Especially when it finds mention in Alexander Dumas’s The Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine: “a strong infusion of mocha or bourbon coffee, suitably sweetened with a third of creamy cream, in a bowl surrounded by crushed ice.” The French creator of The Three Musketeers makes a concoction that places coffee as the mainstream motif of literature.
The French noble laureate, Colette, is one of the firm supporters of café-au-lait. Coffee soon became an inevitable part of her glorious and glamorous life. The French wallflower feminist and icon, while writing one of her most acclaimed play Gigi, resorted to a daily breakfast of café au lait. Whatever may the type of coffee be, it seems to have left an indelible impression upon our most glamorous and public personas.
Honore de Balzac believes that “Coffee sets blood in motion and makes them motivated spirits spring,” and Douglas Kennedy gets into a “passionate relationship with caffeine.” Such was the affair that he had to take at least 6 cups of coffee to function in a day!
A Ménage A Trois In The Coffee House
Eminent thinkers and philosophers more often than not frequented coffee houses, to awaken their zeal and engage in artistic ideas and philosophies full of intellectual flavor. The bistros of France housed Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Boris Vian, Raymond Queneau, and Jacques Prevert.
Frederic Beigbeder, the literary critic of the 21st century, attests to the fact that he would prefer to die at the Flore. The Parisians love affair with literature, and the types of coffee they consumed is a tale of decadence and splendor.
Coffee Cult: The Types of Coffee
Harlan Coben makes regular visits to the Starbucks in his neighborhood and daresay that the characters are created in a coffee-infused stupor. So, if you visit The cafes of Edinburgh, you might chance upon J.K Rowling, who is known to frequent these places while involved in the creative process.
If you’re enticed by the ‘creamy cream’ of Dumas, like me, then you must give it a try at home. This cute, wand of Electric whisk gives the same feel that Colette raves about in her works. This battery-operated, quirky whisker is portable enough for you to whip up a great dish in a jiffy!
Coffee, in its inexplicable bond with literature, finds a home in the works and pages of masterpieces across ages. So, when Louisa May Alcott in Little Women says, “I would rather take coffee than compliments just now,” she speaks for the entire humankind of all centuries.