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Delicious cup of cafe au lait
Cafe au lait, or coffee with milk
Ah, coffee...some people love it, some don't like it at all, some drink it only in the morning, some all day and night. I only drink coffee in the morning. BIG MUGS of coffee. No dainty little cups for me =) Sometimes, not often, I heat the milk. Usually I run over to the thermos, pour the delicious, rich, steaming brown liquid into my cup,  and then add cold milk. Hot is definitely better.

Coffee was possibly discovered by a goatherd named Kaldi. Not sure how people figured out they needed to roast the beans.

It is said that he discovered coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not want to sleep at night.

Kaldi dutifully reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery who made a drink with the berries and discovered that it kept him alert for the long hours of evening prayer.  Soon the abbot had shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and ever so slowly knowledge of the energizing effects of the berries began to spread.  As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would spread its reputation across the globe.

Naturally, crazed wingnuts spoke out against the magnificent beverage:
Coffee Comes to Europe

European travellers to the Near East brought back stories of the unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent. Opponents were overly cautious, calling the beverage the 'bitter invention of Satan.' With the coming of coffee to Venice in 1615, the local clergy condemned it. The controversy was so great that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. Before making a decision however, he decided to taste the beverage for himself. He found the drink so satisfying that he gave it Papal approval.

And then, it finally made its way to New York, where coffee shops thrived:
The New World

In the mid-1600's, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, a location later called New York by the British.

And it is still a beverage cherished by sleepy people everywhere. Upon waking, are you a coffee drinker? Tea? Something else? Fluffernutter sandwiches?
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