More on beer or coffee (forget the tea)

One prized Christmas gift was the John Adams (HBO Miniseries) from David McCullough’s book. Adams had a bulldog’s pursuit of liberty. Such thinking was shaped in part by the Age of Reason or Age of Enlightenment.

And, coffee played a role in the Age of Enlightenment. Steven Johnson in his book, The Invention of Air , discusses the coffeehouse culture that thrived during the Age of Enlightenment. Coffee replaced beer as the daytime drink of choice. Else, he says, “the entire culture basically was drunk all day long.” As a result, he says “the coffee house was a great hub of Enlightenment-era culture.” has an enlightening presentation by Johnson here.

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