Opposed cream in coffee

The French scholar Arsene Thiebaud de Berneaud liked his coffee black. So much so that he "opposed with ferocity the then comparatively new custom of adding milk or cream to black coffee."

"He seems to have had an obsession that all mixtures of fluids were injurious... Sustained by this preconceived notion, he was able to publish a long diatribe in 1826, in which he accuses cafe au lait of causing almost every derangement known to medicine."

I've been able to find almost no other information about de Berneaud, so this one odd theory seems to be the most enduring thing he left behind.

The Chatham Press - July 15, 1922

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 27, 2018
     Category: Health | Weird Theory | Coffee and other Legal Stimulants | Nineteenth Century





Comments
You choose a coffee bean because it's bitter, pour hot water over it so you have something hot and bitter. Then you add sugar to sweeten it and milk to cool it. Do you even know what you want? Why not just start with something neutral and tepid that you don't have to further mess with?

(Note: I'm not a coffee drinker. Can't stand the stuff in any form.)

I ran into something similar recently. Someone offered me soup. I'm morally opposed to it. I eat food, I drink beverages. I don't drink food. That's what mosquitoes and vampires do.
Posted by Phideaux in in his own little world on 06/27/18 at 01:18 PM
I'll tell you what I find really offensive when it comes to foodstuffs: Putting ketchup on a hot dog. Uck!
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 06/27/18 at 02:03 PM
Coffee. Black. No sugar/sweetener. That is how coffee should be served and consumed. Recently my friend and I went into a coffee shop. He offered to buy while I selected a table. Done! He came back with what I could only describe as two cups of liquid dessert. I am polite. I drank mine and told him it was delicious. It was not called coffee, as my friend informed me. It was a frappucino, a.k.a. dessert in a cup.

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Posted by agent j in Toronto, ON, Canada on 06/27/18 at 07:30 PM
There's another French freak who was against mixing thing. His name's Montignac. Because of him, millions of people stopped buttering their bread, showering their spaghetti with cheese, savouring their shepherd's pie au gratin or eating mashed potatoes. Apparently, if you had to eat your carbs, your dairy and your meat in different meals, you didn't just eat more meals; you also ate less. Or at least, you were supposed to.
Posted by Yudith on 06/27/18 at 08:33 PM
Yet another guy with too much time on his hands...
Posted by Brian in Denial on 07/01/18 at 10:53 PM
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