Famous Coffee Drinker: Balzac (1799-1850)
In a treatise devoted to the stimulants of his day, Balzac naturally wrote several pages on the subject of coffee. Keep in mind that the writer was an avid coffee drinker. He said that the beverage produced in him “a sort of restless energy.”
Would la Comédie Humaine (The Human Comedy) ever have been written, were it not for coffee? Coffee may not induce creativity, but it has provided mankind with a faithful weapon against the sweet slumber of sleep that would have aborted the many masterpieces concocted in the middle of the night with coffee in one hand, a pen in the other, and feet soaking in warm water.