A Rollicking French Animation on the Perils of Drinking a Little Too Much Coffee

Mod­er­ate cof­fee con­sump­tion may decrease your risk of dying pre­ma­ture­ly from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, reduce your risk of let­ting colon can­cer take you to the grave, pos­si­bly help you stave off demen­tia, and maybe, writes The New York Times, dodge a num­ber of oth­er bul­lets–“Type 2 dia­betes, basal cell car­ci­no­ma (the most com­mon skin can­cer), prostate can­cer, oral can­cer and breast can­cer recur­rence.” Pour me a cup, please.

These days, I’m feel­ing pret­ty good about my last remain­ing vice. But, as always, too much of any­thing is not a good thing. And that includes cof­fee too. Just ask Hon­oré de Balzac, who, accord­ing to leg­end, met an untime­ly death by drink­ing 50 cups per day. Or ask the fel­low fea­tured in the French ani­ma­tion called Le café–or sim­ply Cof­fee in Eng­lish. Up top, you can find a sub­ti­tled ver­sion of the riotous film direct­ed by Stephanie Mar­guerite and Emi­lie Taras­cou. Beneath, we have a non-sub­ti­tled but high­er res­o­lu­tion ver­sion. Enjoy, and remem­ber to drink cof­fee respon­si­bly.

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David Lynch Directs a Mini-Sea­son of Twin Peaks in the Form of Japan­ese Cof­fee Com­mer­cials

J.S. Bach’s Com­ic Opera, “The Cof­fee Can­ta­ta,” Sings the Prais­es of the Great Stim­u­lat­ing Drink (1735)

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