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Classical Music Legend Beethoven’s Obsession With Coffee Made Every Day With Exactly 60 Beans

The famous composer made sure each day started with a precisely made hot beverage

Andrew Martin
3 min readNov 25, 2022

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Ludwig van Beethoven remains a legend in the music world. The work of the classical German composer and pianist is still revered nearly 200 years after his death. A man of precise disciplines, this included his unwavering obsession with coffee, which included starting every day with a cup of personally made java made from precisely 60 coffee beans.

Born in 1770, Beethoven was a prodigy, who learned first from his domineering father Johann van Beethoven, and then composer Christian Gottlob Neefe. Refining his talent as he grew older, his first significant orchestral piece, the First Symphony, debuted in 1800.

Although Beethoven increasingly lost his hearing as he aged, he didn’t let that stop him from developing one of the most noted musical careers in human history. Among his many works, he wrote nine symphonies, 16 string quartets, 32 piano sonatas and a choral music. Additionally, there were numerous other solo pieces and compositions — all work that is still performed around the world to this day.

People run on many different motivations. For Beethoven, his fuel was decidedly…

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Andrew Martin

Dabbler in history, investing & writing. Master’s degree in baseball history. Passionate about history, diversity, culture, sports, film and investing .