Historical Figures on Coffee

Author: Darren   Date Posted:24 August 2011 

Ever wondered which historical figures drunk coffee, and what they had to say about it?... No? Well we have, so we put this post together for you.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"If this is
coffee, then please bring me some tea. But if this is tea, please bring me some coffee."

The 16th president of the United States. He is renowned for abolishing slavery, appearing on the American five dollar bill, and having an awesome beard.

Favourite Blue Pod coffee blend: Being an advocate for ethical conduct, we think Abraham would have preferred our fair-trade blend, ¡Tierra!.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

"I have measured out my life with
coffee spoons."

One of the best known Modernist poets, he is author of ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ and ‘The Wasteland’. He is frequently accused of being misogynistic and anti-Semitic, and is rumored to have been a closeted homosexual.

Favourite Blue Pod coffee blend: Café Crema Gusto, just because of the poetic-sounding title.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

"I would rather suffer with
coffee than be senseless."

Military leader of the late French Revolution, he is regarded to be one of the greatest military commanders of all time. His personality is said to have been highly aggressive, and somewhat tyrannical; some suggest this was to compensate for his smallness in size.

Favourite Blue Pod coffee blend: For a strong personality like Napoleon, we recommend one of our strongest blends: the double shot Aroma Top pod.

J.S. Bach (1685 - 1760)

"Ah! How sweet
coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine!"

The most well known composer of classical music of the Baroque period, Bach dedicated an entire musical to coffee; “The Coffee Cantata”. For more on Bach and other coffee-minded musicians, see our post on ‘coffee songs’.

Favourite Blue Pod coffee blend: We recommend the Café Crema Gusto for Bach – one of our sweeter blends, as the above quote suggests he likes his coffee sweet.

Frederick the Great (1712-1786)

"It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of
coffee used by my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. Everybody is using coffee. If possible this must be prevented."

Fred was a Prussian dictator with a knack for art, philosophy and large-scale warfare. He is credited to have turned Prussia into an economically strong and politically reformed European state.

Favourite Blue Pod coffee blend: It looks like Frederick didn’t like coffee at all, but we presume that's because of its intoxicating caffeine content. We think he might enjoy our Decaf blend.  And if it's money he's worried about, he might like to know our coffee machines are free!

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