Voltaire’s coffee addiction

Do you think you love coffee? You probably don’t as much as Voltaire (1694-1778) did. The influential French philosopher and writer claimed to drink 50-72 cups each day.

The high volume of caffeine probably played a role in some of his philosophical thinking and his ability to write over 2000 books and pamphlets as well as 20’000 letters. By todays standards it is considered unhealthy to drink more than 4 cups per day. Well, at least he was productive.



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