Coffee is bitter, a flavor from the forbidden and dangerous realm

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It's not dangerous, the brain says, it's novel and interesting... an exhilaration.

How strange that we acquire tastes as we grow. Babies don’t like olives, mustard, hot pepper, beer, fruits that make one pucker, or coffee. After all, coffee is bitter, a flavor from the forbidden and dangerous realm. To eat a pickle, one risks one’s common sense, overrides the body’s warning with sheer reason. Calm down, it’s not dangerous, the brain says, it’s novel and interesting, a change, an exhilaration.

by Diane Ackerman (October 7, 1948 – )
from A Natural History of the Senses, 1990, Taste

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