Coffee

I came across this letter to the NYT on the Angry Arab site.

Sipping strong coffee while reading The New York Times, I noticed a glaring omission in P. J. O’Rourke’s review. To coffee addicts like myself, the reason for Starbucks’s unprecedented success is quite clear. Caffeine is an addictive, albeit legal, stimulant. A 16-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee contains on average twice the amount of caffeine found in a similar cup purchased elsewhere (see The Journal of Analytical Toxicology, October 2006), sometimes approaching the amount in three NoDoz tablets. Starbucks in fact publishes the caffeine content of its brewed coffee: a venti cup has 415 milligrams.

Despite the espresso machine in my office, I often find myself sleepwalking to the nearest Starbucks to get a fix. Indeed, as a friend once said, Starbucks is the methadone clinic of the bourgeoisie.

Now I refuse to enter Starbucks cafes myself, not for any high-minded anti-corporate reasons, but because they’re full of dicks. But the strength of the coffee in other cafes is also notable: what should be a Caffe Latte is very often in fact a Latte Caffe. The effect of this on your system is to make you want to poo urgently. It would not be surprising if coffee providers sought to strike a winning mix of strong coffee and unhygienic toilets to ensure a brisk turnover in occupied tables and therefore maximise profits.

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2 Responses to “Coffee”


  1. 1 copernicus December 31, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    A glaring omission in a PJ O’Rourke review?! Monocle-popping stuff.


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