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Coffee has two virtues: it is wet and warm

Posted by Smokey Stover on April 17, 2010 at 03:59

In Reply to: Coffee has two virtues: it is wet and warm posted by GoForThisWorld on April 15, 2010 at 17:28:

: Some books on coffee (such as Coffee Dates for Couples" by Janel Breitenstein, Margie Clark and Amy L. Bradford) and various web-sites (such as and googling for "" ) mention "An old Dutch saying: 'Coffee has two virtues: it is wet and warm.'"

: Questions: What exactly is the origin of that saying? And why coffee? Why not tea or hot chocolate?

Not being Dutch and not having heard the phrase I can only make a blind guess. The Dutch are not known for drinking tea or chocolate, but I suppose that they, like us, sometimes sit around in coffee shops, or caf├ęs, slurping the brown brew. And men sitting around in coffee shops sometimes make sly jokes. What else could an idle coffee-drinker think of that is warm and wet?

I hope that you can find a more appropriate answer to your question. And perhaps forgive me for my sly joke.