Thank you Johann! My sentiments exactly! Although I really don't know if I ever saw a piece of roasted goat fat, the stark visualization of what I expect it to be like sums up how I feel about life before I have my morning coffee.
Bach, the German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist, directed Leipzig's Collegium Musicum, a group of student musicians who met each Friday evening at Zimmermann's coffee house to give concerts. This must certainly have been the inspiration for one of his most beloved works, the Coffee Cantata. For Johann, a professional musician employed by the Lutheran church, he may have written it as a fluff piece for the coffee house crowd. An often quoted line from the cantata occurs when the daughter Lieschen, forbidden by her father Herr Schlendrian to drink coffee, refuses to give it up saying that coffee is “more delicious than a thousand kisses, and sweeter than muscatel wine”.
Can you imagine what European culture was like before coffee and tea ushered in the "Age of Enlightenment"? Prior to the introduction of the coffee house like Zimmermann’s in the early 17th century, alcohol was the beverage of choice because un-boiled water was unfit to drink. So starting off your day with a cup of wine or a mug of beer was the norm, thus putting everyone into an alcoholic haze for the day, (ok, so it's not that unusual sounding for the frat boys at FSU, but for most working stiffs it's unthinkable today).
So as they switched from an all-day intake of alcohol depressants to stimulating drinks of caffeinated coffee and tea, Europeans rapidly began forming the cultural structures of our life today. This is the type of unexpected connection Tom Standage reveals as he relates human evolution to what humans were drinking through the ages. (See his book: A History of the World in Six Glasses.)
As I quaff my second cup of coffee this morning, and feel its simulating effects kick in, I wonder what it would be like to spend the day in an alcoholic haze. Oh, wait, I remember, roasted goat fat. Yikes!