3. Satanic Espresso
During the 16th century, clergymen deemed espresso to be satanic and demanded that it be banned. These clergymen almost got their wish until Pope Clement VIII decided to try it for himself. He liked it so much he had it baptized. Holy Cup!
4. Prussia-ed Into It
In 1777, Frederick the Great of Prussia stated in his manifesto that beer, not coffee, was to be the superior beverage of Prussia. His reason for doing this was that “His Majesty was brought up on beer”. The Prussian people did not latch onto this fad and coffee won out as one of their favorite beverages.
5. Just Plain Odd
In 1746, King Gustav III and his regime in Sweden banned coffee and it’s “paraphernalia”. Police were ordered to confiscate any coffee-related utensils! In additional weirdness, the King, who obviously didn’t know much about his caffeinated foe, ordered coffee be tested on death row inmates.
The experimentwas to see how much coffee it took to kill a man. Doctors and scientists watched intently as the inmates begged and pleaded for their lives to go to the restroom.
Thankfully for all of us, coffee prevailed throughout history and now we’re all allowed to do things faster with more energy. Just think if Frederick the Great had it his way, we all might start every morning with a pint of suds, instead of Joe. It wouldn’t be too bad…we just wouldn’t be too productive now would we?