In the beginning there was merely bitterness in my mouth. The first cup was mere curiosity about what the world seemed to need so much. There was no dependence and it never became a blind routine. The taste for coffee developed and became an increasingly demanding force, while the joy of it and its quality became high priority.
The vast depths and heights in a holistic being and the love for these could be expressed symbolically through a thoughtful, joyful, careful and creative handling and ingestion of raw goods. With fruits of nature in which humans have invested so much creativity and knowledge – as they have with coffee – alchemy becomes the ideal expression of our joy of existence.
In my opinion, involving in the best possible handling of coffee is a necessity. It is also necessary to look at the complexity of the product and learn to apply it responsibly. It is not enough using it to wake up, nor using it just as trading good, nor for the mere sake of hype and snobbery. It is not enough to reduce its use to oil, nor to pleasure.
Being awake could bring clarity and liveliness – coffee is known for waking people up.
I have been drinking coffee, eating coffee, thinking coffee. I am no historian, no expert, no missionary wishing to convince you that this particular brew in this particular cup will be the god-shot of your life. But perhaps being a reliable storyteller will help increase – among others – your coffee expectations, your perception in every cup, thus increasing your joy in each.
With the Coffee Dramatist I intend to stage drama with coffee for the inspiration of it, because the vast Universe of Taste may manifest itself better in these highly capable dark chambers – called mouths – when the ingredients we eat and the way we eat them is not just taken for granted. This Coffee Drama is about knowledge in the mouth, open for many possible ramifications…
It is as simple as that.
Aristippos of Cyrene
(435 v. Chr. – 356 v. Chr.)
Aristippos (or Aristippus) of Cyrene was the founder of the Cyrene School, a small Socratic school, where the early form of hedonism was taught, intending to raise the spirit and the mind, by consciously indulging in pleasure. The aim was to elevate pleasure by concentrating on the basic needs, like nutriment, breathing, movement, loving and friendship.
According to Aristippos, Lust has one singular meaning. Any possible difference takes place only due to the intensity and length of it. Thus it is essential to recognise these, to assure inner freedom and not become slaves to pleasure.
Aristippos raised and educated his daughter, Areté, who is recognised as the first female philosopher and who in turn taught her own son, Aristippos the Younger. It is said that he, along with Epicur of Samos, developed the teachings of his grandfather. Today those who indulge in pleasure are called Epicureans.
Lucius Licinius Lucullus
(117 v. Chr. – 56 v. Chr.)
This man is further proof for the culinary demands of the past. The Roman Senator and Commander is in our vocabulary because of his illustrious dinners and feasts.
To simply enjoy good food and celebrate it is not evidence of there being passion love and a state of mind to accompany it, but his need to have guests in his library and share his treasures does make it a rounder realm of meaningful pleasures.
(1755 – 1826)
“Those suffering from indigestion, or who become drunk, are utterly ignorant of the true principles of eating and drinking.”
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