A Deadly Passion for Coffee: How Did this Addictive Drink Fuel the History of the World?

The Short and Caffeinated Life of Honoré Balzac – Coffee Addict

Balzac is one of the most famous writers in the history of France. He lived and worked during the 19th century in Paris. He wrote over 100 books during his 51 years of life. Loved by women and always in debt, he worked a lot and had to be a sociable spirit to fulfill his needs. Balzac believed that coffee brought him the inspiration he sought. His lifestyle was more than unhealthy. Since he attended so many activities, he used to write between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.; then he took a nap. To avoid sleep during the night, he drank coffee.

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850).

According to one of his dearest friends, the famous writer Victor Hugo, Honoré could drink up to 30 cups of coffee per day. Sadly, one day his body was so poisoned by caffeine, that he died. The rich story of his life could have been so much longer, but his love and need for coffee cruelly shortened it – stamping out his ability to create more works as well.

Earlier, another famous French writer, philosopher, and historian, Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet), who lived between 1694 – 1778, was known as a person who drank 40-50 cups of coffee per day. He mixed coffee beans with chocolate. According to his doctor, this energizing drink was also his cause of death.

François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778).

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