“I could serve coffee,” said Jennifer Lopez, “using my rear as a ledge.”
“I had some dreams,” crooned Carly Simon in You're So Vain, “they were clouds in my coffee.”
“Cafe society is as old as the hills,” said Ian Anderson adding, “Starbucks and its imitators are the coffee face of the new man in a hurry.”
“Just around the corner,
There's a rainbow in the sky.
So let's have another cup ‘o coffee,
And let's have another pice ‘o pie.”
Irvin Berlin, 1932
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“Rock and roll,” said Bob Geldof, “is instant coffee.”
“I'm sittin' in the corner feelin' glad, got no money comin' in but I can't be sad,” Jethro Tull crooned in the song Inside adding, “That was the best cuppa coffee I ever had, And I won't worry about a thing because we got it made, here on the Inside outside's so far away.”
“Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses,” wrote Johann Sebastian Bach in his Kaffee-Kantate (Coffee Cantata), adding “sweeter far than muscatel wine! I must have my coffee.”
“Oh well...the coffee's only ever as good as the water it is made with,” said Ian Anderson adding, “And the froth on top is the frilly knicker on a cheap tart's bum.”
“Those guys open up and have a cup of coffee there now,” said Elton John, “and it's just brilliant.”
“I don't know how people live without coffee,” said Martha Quinn, “I really don't.”
“Without my morning coffee,” wrote Johann Sebastian Bach in his Kaffee-Kantate (Coffee Cantata), “I'm just like a dried up piece of roast goat.”
“Cigarettes and coffee” said Gerard Way, “an alcoholic's best friend.”
“I sang in the coffee houses of the country in the early ‘60s with no idea of success in terms of records or television,” said Judy Collins adding, “I just thought I was a story-teller. I didn't even think of myself as a singer.”
“When I was 6 years old, I was in a rock band that was horrible called ‘Dead End,' said Aaron Carter adding, “The name kind of described us. People liked us; we would go and perform at coffee houses and stuff.
“They say you can smoke 400 cigs a day and drink 20 cups of coffee,” said Ron Woods, “but you can't have a line or a drink again.”
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For the history of espresso and coffee see World's Best History of Coffee, and for a complete list of coffee terminology with detailed definitions see the Espresso Coffee Guides Coffee and Espresso Glossary.