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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"" 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 cafés, 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.