Underground coffeehouse in France, 1789: revolutionists gather for a strategy meeting. A man reads to a restless crowd. Hands gesture vehemently, causing coffee to splash on coat sleeves. Rebellious shouts cause spittle to fly.
For all the talk of rebellion in 1780s French coffeehouses, I bet none of the revolutionists stopped to consider the controversy that would one day befall the very drink being served right under their noses: coffee.
Of all food and drink, coffee is an item that has garnered some of the most varied and strongly-held preferences. The way I see it, there are four main ways to drink coffee:
You’re a cowboy, a purist, a seasoned professional. Ain’t nothin’ gonna taint your hardcore morning (or midnight, whatever) drink.
2. Cream and sugar
The energy you can handle, the taste of dirty water you cannot. Who wouldn’t want a little creamy sweetness to take the edge off?
Latte, mocha, foam, blended, frozen, caramel, whipped cream, raspberries…the possibilities are endless! Restricting yourself to one drink is boring. Here’s to the land of opportunity and 15-instruction orders at Starbucks.
4. Coffee is gross
You’re sick. You’re all sick.
So, what’ll it be?