Honoré de Balzac: The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee

A prescient, mad, intoxicated, agitated and genius take on the greatest of all beans by Honoré de Balzac. For the connoisseur of words on coffee, I heartily recommend the phrase “the cavalry of metaphor deploys with a magnificent gallop.” Read this while drinking coffee (I am, roasted beans from Santa Marta, Magdalena in Colombia) and listening to Bob Dylan’s “One More Cup Of Coffee Before I Go.” Bon appétit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pkgq3p94yg

Vox Populi

Coffee is a great power in my life; I have observed its effects on an epic scale. Coffee roasts your insides. Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring. Think about it: although more grocery stores in Paris are staying open until midnight, few writers are actually becoming more spiritual.

But as Brillat-Savarin has correctly observed, coffee sets the blood in motion and stimulates the muscles; it accelerates the digestive processes, chases away sleep, and gives us the capacity to engage a little longer in the exercise of our intellects. It is on this last point, in particular, that I want to add my personal experience to Brillat-Savarin’s observations.

Coffee affects the diaphragm and the plexus of the stomach, from which it reaches the brain by barely perceptible radiations that escape complete analysis; that aside, we may surmise that our…

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