Last fall, Ayun Halliday revisited Honoré de Balzac’s Humorous Essay, “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,” and His Epic Coffee Addiction. Last night, one of our friends on Twitter — @thegliterati — sent this our way: A snapshot of Balzac’s coffee pot. It bears his initials and currently resides at the Maison de Balzac museum in Paris. If you ever find yourself in the 16 arrondissement, pay it a visit and pay it some thanks.
You can find Balzac’s coffee-fueled classics in our Free eBooks and Free Audio Books collections.
The Curious Story of London’s First Coffeehouses (1650-1675)
Honoré de Balzac Writes About “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,” and His Epic Coffee Addiction
Men In Commercials Being Jerks About Coffee: A Mashup of 1950s & 1960s TV Ads
The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
Black Coffee: Documentary Covers the History, Politics & Economics of the “Most Widely Taken Legal Drug”
Stefan Zweig’s biography of Balzac http://plunkettlakepress.com/b.html includes a whole chapter about Balzac’s coffee drinking and work habits.
Thank you very much you have helped me to make good and strong coffee.