Coffee Songs

Many songs have been written with the help of a cup of coffee and some of those songs end up featuring coffee as the star it is.

It’s no wonder that coffee takes center stage in songs. Coffee is a real part of the poetry of our lives. Coffee stirs us as much as we stir it. It stirs up our thinking and bridges those synapses in all the right ways. The result is usually a base-line competence, right, but sometimes the result is a nice little song, a story, an artistic idea.

Here are a few songs about coffee that we enjoy and recommend. They make for great pieces to a morning soundtrack.

One Cup of Coffee by Bob Marley

Smell of Coffee by Greg Brown

Coffee by Sylvan Esso

And this one comes recommended by NPR

“J.S. Bach

  • Cantata No. 211, “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,” (Coffee Cantata), BWV 211 (BC G48) from:Gardening Classics: 16 Perennial Favorites for All Seasons

J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata (BWV 211) is, by its very nature, a departure for the oft-solemn composer, who frequently wrote in coffee shops. One segment of the piece translates as, “If three times a day I can’t drink my little cup of coffee, then I would become so upset that I would be like a dried-up piece of roast goat.” That snappy little passage may not fit on a mug, but … you know, someone should fit that on a mug. Make the type small or something.”

What are your favorite songs about coffee (or that feature coffee prominently)?


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