Like Beethoven, JS Bach was seemingly addicted to coffee and is said to have consumed up to 30 cups a day.
He famously wrote Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 (aka the Coffee Cantata) about a woman – aptly called ‘Aria’ – attempting to overcome her addiction to the beverage.
Her father attempts to ban the drink to stop her addiction; in a heartfelt plea that surely ranks among the most poetically striking and richly symbolic of all texts set to music, Aria sings, 'Coffee, I have to have coffee, / and, if someone wants to pamper me, / ah, then bring me coffee as a gift!'.
She even declares that, without the drink, she 'will turn into / a shrivelled-up roast goat.'