A highly caffeinated toast to National Coffee Day

I wanted to be sure to give everybody enough lead time to get ready to celebrate National Coffee Day on Sept. 29.

Here, for all of you coffee-philes and fanatics, is an all-you-need-to-know, highly caffeinated toast to that popular morning (and, often, day-long) fuel.

You can check out the history of coffeeamazing stats about its popularity and some old coffee commercials, as well as movie quotes and scenes, music and TV scenes featuring the magic potion.

Moody music and steaming-hot cups of joe were omnipresent themes in the two-season, coffee-centric “Twin Peaks,”  one of my all-time TV favorites. (It’s hard to believe that the ground-breaking David Lynch-Mark Frost series already is 20 years old. Frost, of course, has Minnesota ties, thanks to his actor dad, Warren Frost, the show’s kindly, fatherly town doctor, Dr. Will Hayward. Warren got his doctorate in theater arts from the University of Minnesota.)

See if you remember this short coffee scene from the ominous Black Lodge or these paeans to the wonders of Twin Peaks coffee, especially that served at the Double R Diner.

Music a-brewin’
There are plenty of songs about coffee, too.

We’ll start with Frank Sinatra’s clever 1946 international ode, “The Coffee Song (“They’ve Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil).”

And then serve up two different songs with the same title, “Another Cup of Coffee”: this one by Brook Benton (at the top right of the two-column list of songs) and this by Mike and the Mechanics.

And there are plenty more:

“Black Coffee,” by Ella Fitzgerald

“Black Coffee in Bed,” by Squeeze

“Coffee Break,” from the Broadway show “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

“I’ll Just Have a Cup of Coffee (Then I’ll Go),” by Claude Gray

• Irving Berlin’s “Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee,” by Glenn Miller

• Bob Dylan’s “One More Cup of Coffee” and the White Stripes’ version

“Sugar Shack,” the story of the quintessential coffeehouse, by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs

• The classic “Java Jive,” performed here by Manhattan Transfer

And we’ll end with two fun instrumentals: Al Hirt’s “Java” and Billy Joe and the Checkmates’ “Percolator (Twist).”

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