Drinking coffee dates to 800 A.D. Since then coffee has been obsessively consumed in massive quantities in various forms over the centuries making it the most beloved beverage after water. It is no wonder that coffee is the most traded commodity after crude oil with Ethiopia being the largest coffee producing country in the world.
Coffee is extolled for its stimulating effect. Voltaire credited coffee as the inspiration behind his philosophies and drank around 40 and 50 cups a day. Napoleon Bonaparte abstained from using liquor but purportedly drank Coffee at all hours of the day, to revive his spirits and invigorate his body.
Over centuries coffee has become an important part of our lives that it reflects in our language.
Here are some common coffee sayings
“Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”
Meaning: Be more realistic about the situation, no matter how unpleasant it is
“Let’s Talk Over A Cup of Coffee”
Meaning: a friendly conversation usually while enjoying some type of drink such as coffee.
Coffee should be “as black as hell, as strong as death and as sweet as love.”- Turkish Proverb
“Buna dabo naw”- Ethiopian saying
Meaning: “Coffee is our bread”. Coffee is integral to Ethiopian economy. With top Ethiopian coffee exporters contributing 60 percentage of the national economy.
Buna Tetu”- Ethiopian saying
Meaning: Drink coffee”. It literally means socializing over coffee, . When someone says “I don’t have anyone to have coffee with” it inherently means that the person has no close friends
It’s amazing how the world begins to change through the eyes of a cup of coffee. – Donna A. Favors
The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drinks. – Sir James MacKintosh
Without my morning coffee, I’m just like a dried-up piece of goat. – J.S. Bach
We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup. – Jerry Seinfeld