William Baude at Crescat Sententia quotes Reverend Abernathy of “Guys and Dolls”, asking:
For Roman Catholics, the answer is clear. It’s not a sin because in 1763 Pope Clement VII drank some and decreed:
I would submit it’s a sin to drink bad coffee. Do give that up.
For more coffee history read An Overview of Coffee Evolution which suggests that discussions in coffee houses contributed to calls for political change, and indirectly helped foment both the French and American revolutions. Likely the effect is indirect. However, if coffee can, indeed, lead to revolution, we may need to cut Jacob Levy off or risk overturning our current form of government.
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