Caffeine Trivia 01.23.14

Famous Coffee Drinker:  Voltaire (1694-1778)

The learned Voltaire was known for his perspicuity, sarcastic wit and his passion for coffee. Brillat-Savarin credited the beverage for the remarkable clarity in Voltaire’s writings. An incorrigible lover of coffee and Parisian coffee houses, the writer and philosopher was a regular at the Le Procope café and helped convert the establishment into one of the most popular literary meeting grounds in Paris. To those who implored him to reduce his coffee intake, he replied: “I’ve been drinking coffee for over 50 years. That it is poison, I am convinced, but its ill effects have yet to have any bearing on my health.”



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