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Shakespeare Didn’t Drink Coffee But If He Did…

Why There Are No Shakespeare Coffee Quotes
A search for Shakespeare coffee quotes will turn up lots of coffee mugs with famous Shakespeare quotes on them, but no actual quotes about coffee from the bard. There’s a good reason for that…

will shakespeare coffee quotes cartoon with coffee cupShakespeare didn’t drink coffee. He died before it was introduced to England — or at least, before it was widely available. If he’d had access to good coffee, we suspect we’d have as many Shakespearean quotes about the noble brew as we do about wine, ale and other potent potables.  We decided to take a saunter through Shakespeare’s plays and see how some of his most famous quotes might have been changed if the Bard had known and understood the wonderful enticement of fresh-brewed coffee.

Apocryphal Shakespeare Coffee Quotes

If you prick us, do we not bleed coffee? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you forbid our coffee, will we not revenge ourselves? –Merchant of Venice

What a piece of work is man when he partakes of coffee! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! –Hamlet

Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much coffee: such men are dangerous. –Julius Caesar

Tempt not a desperate man with promises of coffee –Romeo and Juliet

How sharper than a bitter coffee brew it is to have a thankless child –King Lear

If coffee be the drink of love, brew on –Twelfth Night

I would give all my fame for a pot of coffee –Henry V

A man cannot make him laugh; but that’s no wonder. He drinks no coffee. –Henry IV

We’d love to hear more — post your own made-up Shakespeare coffee quotes in the comments and we’ll add the best ones to our Pinterest collection!

Deb Powers has been reading about coffee, drinking coffee, brewing coffee, writing about coffee and roasting her own coffee for nearly 30 years.She confesses to being a coffee wonk and finds endless fascination in even the most meta of coffee information.
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