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Saturday, January 9, 2021


The coffee quote in the above headline (not the image) appears in poet Richard Brautigan’s work “Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork.” 


--For more coffee literary gems click here 

--Brit blogger’s coffee best lines from novels click here 

A few examples from both sources above: 

“...Janie went down and the landlady made her drink some coffee with her because she said her husband was dead and it was bad to be having your morning coffee by yourself...” --From “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston.


“...It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity...” --From newspaper columnist and author Dave Barry 


“...Coffee is a small measure of this generalised ennui - a microcosm. And it only stands to reason that he's drinking coffee, as he's numbed by romantic boredom, tired of bureaucratic red tape, and sexually stymied by his girlfriend's occupational promiscuity (she's a dominatrix). He seems to be living the American dream, yet it's an American nightmare. A sleepless nightmare. 

He seeks stimulus, inspiration! 

He wants to be alert! 

The coffee doesn't make him restless - it only awakens him to his true feelings. 

Thus coffee is a truth serum!

Coffee lifts the veil of self-delusion...” 

            --From “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook” by Gary Shteyngart 


"...That’s something that annoys the hell out of me—I mean if somebody says the coffee’s all ready and it isn’t...” 

--From “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. 


“...Mornings the barber left his stylists inside and sat outside of his ship drinking coffee and ogling every woman in sight...” 

--From The Barber's Unhappiness,” a short story by George Saunders from his collection “Pastoralia.”  

WEEKLY COFFEE QUIZ--Where in the world is this coffee establishment? Answer next Saturday in Coffee Beans & Beings post.


LAST WEEK'S COFFEE QUIZ ANSWER--The north facing Galleria Bar of
the sophisticated Hotel Nacional de Cuba offers views of the Velado District from its perch atop Havana's Taganana Hill.  Tucked in a corner of the beautiful
patio courtyard, guests may order drinks, including fabulous espressos made from darkest Cuban coffee 24 hours a day.  Before midnight, the sofa seating is reserved for guests, who wish to imbibe while listening to local entertainers.  Mid afternoon (above) staffers enjoy coffee while plotting the next adventure.  For the surprising history of 1930-built, ten-story hotel
click here.


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