What do Beethoven and the Ink Spots have in common?
They both wrote songs about coffee – and presumably loved it.
Beethoven wrote "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht" (Be still, stop chattering), which is better known as "The Coffee Cantata", in the 1730s. It's a miniature comic opera that tells the story of a gentleman's addiction to this glorious brew.
"Java Jive" by the Ink Spots is a popular, jazzy tune from the 1940s that attests to the seductive powers of coffee and tea.
According to a recent Harris Rise and Grind Survey, these musicians' shared weakness is also Australia's.
Harris conducted the survey in partnership with Galaxy Research and discovered some astonishing facts and figures about Australia's caffeine obsession.
Approximately $2.9 billion is spent by Australians on coffee each and every year.
Of those who responded to the survey, 1.1 million said they would rather give up their cellphone for an entire day than forsake their morning "cup of joe". In addition to this, 86 per cent claimed to have an "emotional relationship" with coffee.
"Australians have a wonderful obsession with coffee," said Wayne Archer, who has 37 years of roasting and blending beans for Harris under his belt.
"Having been in the coffee industry for most of my life I have witnessed people going to great lengths for the perfect coffee. In Australia there has been a great increase in the quantity and desire for an excellent cup of coffee."
In honour of "that wonderful mug" and to help fuel this obsession, we've decided to draw your attention to some of the best coffee brewers in Brisbane.
Make sure you grab a rental car in Brisbane that has a cup holder, and put these five cafes on your to-do list.
Located at 171 George Street, Frisky Goat has been described as "hidden away, but well worth looking for" by a reviewer on Bean Hunter. They use a blend called "Sweet Cocoa" to create a wide variety of delicious brews. Add to this brilliant customer service and an inviting atmosphere, and you've got the perfect coffee experience!
Dandelion and Driftwood
If you hop in a car hire at the Brisbane airport and take a ten-minute drive, you'll find yourself in Hendra. At 1/45 Gerler Road, you'll find Dandelion and Driftwood, one of the most popular espresso bars in Brisbane. Choose between two haus blends and two single origins.
At 45 Kedron Brook Road in Wilston Qwerk Espresso sits waiting for the next coffee aficionado to walk through its doors. This eclectic cafe, with its mismatching chairs and brightly coloured walls, is home to some of the greatest-tasting Genovese coffee you'll find anywhere. While you're here, we recommend you treat yourself to a fabulous friand or tempting tart, too.
Java Coast Cafe
Java Coast Cafe, which can be found at 340 George Street, has an impressive list of coffees on offer. You'll find short blacks, viennas, flat whites, cappuccinos and affogatos here that should meet the standards of even the pickiest coffee connoisseur, as well as delectable milkshakes if you've already had a little too much caffeine.
Bean on Dean
If you're exploring Toowong and are in need of an energy boost, check out 4/45 Dean Street. Bean on Dean serves Campos coffee in a hip environment that screams industrial chic. A favourite with the locals and visitors alike, once you've tasted a cup here, you may never want to leave.
We encourage you to see for yourself why Australians are so obsessed with their java by visiting these five cafes. Just make sure your rental car has a cup holder!