Coffee now has been popular in “the West” for several centuries, and has had its keen devotees during that period.
One of those was the great French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac and he had quite some interesting views on the fabulous “Java” beverage.
Read an English translation of de Balzac’s somewhat unusual observations at The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee (this is a scanned image version).
Here’s a more legible text-based version of de Balzac’s essay:
The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee