There have been five attempts to ban coffee throughout history. The last attempt being in 1777 by Frederick the Great of Prussia who issued a manifesto declaring beer’s superiority over coffee. He believed that coffee interfered with the country’s beer consumption.
King Gustav III of Sweden commissioned an experiment to prove coffee was poisonous. Overseen by two doctors, a prisoner was forced to drink three pots of coffee a day until he died. Both doctors and the King died before the prisoner.
Various studies have shown that coffee prevents cancer, causes cancer, makes you live longer, makes you die younger and reduces your risk of diabetes.
A Starbucks grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine, over four times the amount of caffeine in a Red Bull and the Starbucks cinnamon chip scone has more calories than a McDonald’s quarter pounder with 480 calories.
Dunkin’ Donuts in South Korea started spraying coffee aroma into public buses every time their jingle played. Coffee sales increased 29%.
Coffee was so influential in Turkish culture that the Turkish word for ‘breakfast’ literally translates to ‘before coffee’ and the word brown translates to ‘the color of coffee.’
Some Catholics urged Pope Clement VII to ban coffee, calling it “devil’s beverage”. After tasting the beverage, the Pope is said to have remarked that the drink was “… so delicious that it would be a sin to let only misbelievers drink it”.
Experts rank Starbucks coffee behind Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons in a blind tasting, saying “This is so bad. It’s the antithesis of coffee.”
Caffeine makes you more open-minded to viewpoints that contradict your own.