Coffee has been in most homes for many years and has always been an extremely popular drink, but what you may not be aware of is that many famous people throughout time have enjoyed coffee. This should come as no surprise, however, as the drink is so widely renowned and has an extreme following in various cultures. Coffee is suspected to have been discovered circa 850 AD and since the day it was discovered, thousands have enjoyed the various beans and blends, but who are the famous coffee lovers?
Ludwig van Beethoven
More commonly known for his composing and playing the piano, Beethoven was actually an avid coffee drinker. In each cup, he had 60 coffee beans exactly and according to his biographer was very obsessive when it came to his coffee.
It might be more surprising to know that one of the founding fathers of the United States was an extreme coffee lover. Franklin used to hang out in coffee shops so much that his mail was supposedly delivered to his favourite. He even sold his own beans and whenever he would hold political meetings they met at a coffee house rather than an office.
Author, explorer, soldier and 26th President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt was also a coffee lover, drinking up to a gallon a day. He also added five to seven lumps of sugar to each cup, although eventually made the switch to saccharine, an artificial sweetener.
French statesman and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte was also a known coffee addict. He’s famous for many things, but one is his quote on coffee which reads “I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless". He also reportedly asked for a spoonful of coffee on his deathbed - now that’s coffee commitment!
It’s not only historical figures that are coffee lovers, a man of many talents, Jackie Chan, has opened various coffee shops in China and Hong Kong. He also said “coffee is like music and movies, knows no barriers. Coffee is also a language in itself.”
Known for his many movie roles, such as Wolverine and Jean Valjean, Hugh Jackman is another avid coffee lover. As one of the founding members of Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, Hugh reportedly said: “to me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.”
Canadian poet, novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood is surprisingly one of the only famous female coffee lovers to be known. Her breakfast consists of simply coffee and cream or steamed milk, while also enjoying the occasional espresso shot. She also lent her name to Balzac’s Coffee Roasters ‘bird friendly’ blend.