Consult the image credit for more on the coffee cantata.
I like the smell of coffee. Not regularly, yet with great pleasure I drink espresso, the only type of coffee that agrees with me.
"Die Katze lässt das Mausen nicht" (the cat will not give up mousing) - a leopard doesn't change its spots. To me the German idiom suggests - someone will not renounce his bad habits. "Mausen" is a colloquial terms meaning either to pilfer or to screw [sl.]; less readily coming to the contemporary mind, it might also be construed to mean what the English term "to mouse" means: to "catch mice".
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was also apparently a coffee enthusiast. So much so that he wrote a composition about the beverage. Although known mostly for his liturgical music, his Coffee Cantata (AKA Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211) is a rare example of a secular work by the composer. The short comic opera was written (circa 1735) for a musical ensemble called The Collegium Musicum based in a storied Zimmerman’s coffee house in Leipzig, Germany. The whole cantata seems very much to have been written with the local audience in mind.
Coffee Cantata is about a young vivacious woman named Aria who loves coffee. Her killjoy father is, of course, dead set against his daughter having any kind of caffeinated fun. So he tries to ban her from the drink. Aria bitterly complains:
Father sir, but do not be so harsh!
If I couldn’t, three times a day,
be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee,
in my anguish I will turn into
a shriveled-up roast goat.
Ah! How sweet coffee tastes,
more delicious than a thousand kisses,
milder than muscatel wine.
Coffee, I have to have coffee,
and, if someone wants to pamper me,
ah, then bring me coffee as a gift!
The copywriters at Starbucks marketing department couldn’t have written it any better. Eventually, daughter and father reconcile when he agrees to have a guaranteed three cups of coffee a day written into her marriage contract. You can listen to the whole thing above. The lyrics in German and English can be read here.