16: Cheers to Coffee

Keeping it classy with wine in a coffee mug, although Little Man always gets concerned when he doesn't see his little face, so we had to turn the mug around to photograph it with our Tallegio.

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Get your controversial red Starbucks cups, dump out the PSL, and fill it up with wine as we delve into the history, science and fun facts about java, joe, dirt, mud, wakey juice, morning jolt or C8H10NN4O2!

This episode's wine: Veijo Feo 2012 Carménère from Baeza Family Cellars in Chile
This episode's cheese: Tallegio

James was especially excited about this topic, but not as excited as some fanatics. It's hard to believe there are people out there crazier than James, who grinds his own beans and uses a French press.

We also question if we're actually old enough to drink coffee. James gives us some of the theories about its origin, in addition to a tour of coffee throughout the ages, from the penguins of Yemen to the Incest commercial in 2009.

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And, despite being ubiquitous in the '90s, as well as featured in "Friends," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier," coffeehouses were even more popular in 17th century Europe and were the hotbeds for news, philosophy and revolutions.

And, even though we recorded this episode before the red cup "controversy" became the big news this week, we still made sure Starbucks and the Pumpkin Spice Latte were mentioned ... along with some grumbles from Emily. And, if you listen to Good Job, Brain!, one of our favorite trivia podcasts, you would already know the two-tailed mermaid on the coffee cup is called a Melusine.

James somehow holds himself back from his usual rant about how our consumer-driven lives are the worst thing to happen to humanity. But, he doesn't hold back when it comes to criticizing 1950s commercials, in which wives are chastised by their husbands for making bad coffee.

And, for those who like reading too much into the acting in commercials, James walks us through the questionable incestuous relationship depicted in this 2009 Folgers commercial.

We don't want you to think all we talk about on this podcast is incest, even though we mentioned it before in our Cheers to Back to the Future episode. But it's weird how it keeps coming up. (Although Emily doesn't remember much about that episode -- Thanks, Chambong!)

But, just remember these parting words from James: "Not all coffee is incestuous."

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine and Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing" Tasting Wine & Cheese," which we'll be using for our wine and cheese pairing for the next few episodes!



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