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Real World Examples of the Importance of Coffee

Marcus, the main character of the story, is seen creating a revolution against the Department of Homeland Security. After being held captive on suspicion of involvement with the terrorist attack, Marcus retaliates with a spreadable, far reaching online battle against the police state that the DHS has created. Much of this revolution takes place within Marcus’ bedroom as he tirelessly writes code after code to circumvent and ultimately stop the unconstitutional surveillance. Of course, this could not have happened without Marcus’ drug of choice: coffee.

“We locked ourselves in his room with his computer and the code for indienet and we embarked on one of the great all­time marathon programming sessions. Once Jolu's family went to bed around 11:30, we were able to kidnap the coffee­machine up to his room and go IV with our magic coffee bean supply.”

This was not the first time that coffee fueled the minds and hearts of revolutionaries. During the American Revolution, drinking tea was considered unpatriotic as it supported British rule and taxes. At that time, the colonists switched over to drinking coffee, and spend most of their planning hours in a coffee house. The French revolution was much the same as the leaders met in coffee houses to discuss their attacks. (NPR) The novel even mentions in a joking manner that the Ottoman Empire was won with Turkish coffee fueled madmen on the warpath (page 34).

The American and French revolutions were planned in coffee houses (NPR)

The allusion to these past events can clearly be seen and modeled through Marcus. Late hours, frantic times spend on a computer and discussions with compatriots all occurred with coffee. His plan to fight back against the DHS was started in a coffee shop alongside Van and Jolu. He continued to discuss his plans with Ange over coffee. Aside from tasting good, it could be said that Marcus’ revolution, and the historical revolutions which it hints to, owe their success to the caffeinated drink.