Friday, May 28, 2010

Coffee is The Gospel Drink

Last year I wrote a short guide on how to drink coffee. It needs a little revision since I've had my eyes open to see that this truly is the LORD's world. On twitter yesterday I read this suggestion:
@benjaminhouston How good is coffee! I'm pretty sure it was created on the 6th day with all the best things... like people
I love the devotion but I think actually, coffee is a matter of the third day. The coffee plant is a seed bearing plant and thus made on the third day (Genesis 1:11-13). This is better still!

The third day is the day of seed, the day of resurrection and victory - the day of the figurative resurrection of Isaac, and Esther... of David's victories and the victory of the promised seed.

And of course, the way to make coffee is to see the seed die, then be consumed by fire (roasted, at least), and crushed (Isaiah 53:10), goes under water (Jonah, Jesus, baptism...), giving off a pleasing aroma, and giving life to the one who receives it. Unless someone rips the heart out of it by decaffeinating it, thus it is no coffee at all (Galatians 1:7). Some of course prefer leafy drinks, such diversity is good, though one should pursue the greater gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31).

Bit of Friday fun.


  1. Love it! Especially the anathema against decaf.

    I suppose we should also be maturing beyond white coffee (Heb 5:13) and standing firm against the mocha compromisers.

    And is cane sugar testifying to the wood (of the cross) that sweetens (Ex 15:25)?

  2. Is it OK for a pastor to enjoy such creative biblical exposition? I hope so because you've have put a big Friday smile on my face! Now off to put the coffee machine on ...

  3. Brilliant, I love it. Especially the idea that decaffeinated drinks are another gospel.

    As a tea drinker might I suggest that whilst coffee represents the gospel under the motif of sacrifice (fire/ crushed/ pleasing aroma, etc.), tea relates to the complementary theme of exile?

    As a shrub/ small plant of the field, the tea plant relates to the sixth day and even more specifically to humanity (Gen 2:5). The leaves need to be uprooted from the land and undergo drying/ wasting heat as in a wilderness, as well as being pressed on every side and baked in an oven (cf. the fiery furnace Daniel 3). These 'dry bones' are re-born when living (boiling - what other sort of water would you expect the fiery Spirit to produce?) water and the pure milk of the word are applied. Tea is to be either hot or cold but not tepid, in the which case it is in serious danger of being spewed out of the mouth (exile - Rev 3:16, Lev 18:28) all over again.

  4. The Decaf idea is owed to the most excellent Rich Owen.

    You have a persuasive tea theology there, and there's certainly room for such richness of approach!

  5. I'm with you on the third day creation. I was told that Jewish people regard the third day (Tuesday) as particularly auspicious as Genesis 1 recounts "And God saw that it was good" TWICE on that day.

  6. It is a high point, as is the sixth day.
    And the appearance of seed is massive.

  7. Are you familiar with Michael Svigel's classic study of 'Coffee As A Means Of Grace'? Make sure you read the footnotes too:

  8. Does this mean that the Starbucks cappuccino is the prosperity Gospel?

    It uses the same seed as coffee (Jesus) but distorts it with so many unnecessary frothy additives (health and wealth), which makes it instantly refreshing and more attractive to the masses at first (Mark 13:6) but ultimately leaves you unfulfilled and rotten inside.

    Let us not forget, selling it to people comes at a great price (Romans 6:23)