The 26th president started his coffee habit quite young: it’s reported that his parents provided him with strong coffee (as well as some puffs on the occasional cigar) as a child in order to help his asthma. (What’s more, the love of java trickled to his children: they opened and ran a chain of four coffehouses in New York City from 1919 to 1928.)
While President Roosevelt was purported to drink almost 40 cups of coffee a day, the philosopher Voltaire actually did, and then some: he was reported to drink between 40 and 50 cups a day. But it wasn’t black coffee: he mixed chocolate with his coffee, prompting his physician to advise him that if he didn’t cut back his coffee would kill him. (Voltaire actually lived into his 80s; this at a time when the average life span in France – and the U.S. – was about 36.)
If you’ve ever read the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz books by Frank L. Baum, picture him downing at least five cups of coffee every morning at breakfast before sitting down to write about Dorothy and Wicked Witch of the West after lunch (with a cigar dangling from his mouth).
Do you love Twin Peaks and its love of “a damn fine cup of coffee”? Then you won’t be surprised to learn that Twin Peaks’ creator and director David Lynch drinks four to seven cups of coffee (with sugar) every day.
Napoleon Bonaparte reportedly loved coffee so much he asked for a spoonful of it on his deathbed.
Hugh Jackman – he of Wolverine fame in the movies – and his wife actually own a café in New York City, Laughing Man Coffee & Tea. All proceeds of the café go to their Laughing Man Foundation, which supports community development, education and new business development in developing nations.
In what is perhaps the greatest ode to coffee: composer Johann Sebastian Bach loved coffee so much that he wrote a short opera about his deep love for the brew: The Coffee Cantata. (Meanwhile, Ludwig van Beethoven was purportedly obsessive about how many beans could make up a cup of coffee: no more and no fewer than 60.)
Finally, the “last” person of note we’d like to highlight is….you! Now we know that you may not be famous in the usual sense of the word, but if you drink Ubean Coffee, you’re important to us and that’s why we do consider you a person of some note.