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January 29, 2020

Experts' Expert: Honoré de Balzac on how to prepare coffee

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From the New Yorker: "Honoré de Balzac is said to have consumed the equivalent of fifty cups of coffee a day at his peak. He did not drink coffee, though — he pulverized coffee beans into a fine dust and ingested the dry powder on an empty stomach. He described the approach as 'horrible, rather brutal,' to be tried only by men of 'excessive vigor.'"

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"He documented the effects of the process in his 1839 essay 'Traité des Excitants Modernes' ('Treatise on Modern Stimulants')."

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Excerpts from his treatise appear above.

January 29, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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