Addictions. Johann Sebastian Bach's Coffee Cantata

Ei! wie schmeckt der Coffee süße,
Lieblicher als tausend Küsse*

J.S.Bach, Coffee Cantata, BWV 211

When drinking coffee was seen as a vice and a very bad habit for wild and disobedient girls...
Johann Sebastian Bach composed a drama per musica, staging a father threatening his daughter not to give her a husband unless she gives up coffee.

Die Katze lässt das Mausen nicht,

Die Jungfern bleiben Coffeeschwestern.
Die Mutter liebt den Coffeebrauch,
Die Großmama trank solchen auch.
Wer will nun auf die Töchter lästern!**

                                    Bach, Coffee CantataBWV 211

*Ah! How sweet the coffee's taste is,
Sweeter than a thousand kisses. 

**The cat does not leave the mouse,
Young ladies remain coffee addicts.
The mother loves her cup of coffee,
the grandmother drank it also.
Who can blame the daughters!

 Portrait of the Artist's daughter, 1732
Café Zimmermann Leipzig, engraving by Georg Schreiber, detail

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