So I'm doing this as something of a love song to coffee, parting with my lover. Began as a teenager in Korean War serving at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and lasted... and lasted... now, it's farewell to coffee. This morning, as former devotee, I found myself helping clean my wife's espresso machine, part by part, inside, outside, filter and all the rest... but it's the fragrance that really gets to me. A non-smoker I find I even have a certain craving for second-hand smoke, that is, having grown up in a household where Mom and Dad smoked... so there's a certain nostalgia that gets satisfied by a whiff of tobacco. People are crazy. People are really crazy. As for addiction, as for health, wife says I'm not getting up as much at night... most people sleep through. You don't wanna know, but I'm up a lot. So, combination of acupuncture and weaning myself from coffee, it makes a difference. Back to coffee. Reviewing my "Mr. Taste Test" article "Coffee Without Compromise," I'll pick up where I left off. Article included a sidebar with coffee facts. When you're in love with something, every detail every detail... it all matters... and I'm more obsessive than most... * It takes 3 to 5 years for a new coffee tree to yield its first pound of coffee. The average tree bears only 2,000 cherries, enough to produce a single pound of roasted coffee. * In 1984, each person in American consumed, on average, 7.7 pounds of coffee (up from 7.6 pounds per person in 1983). * The Boston Tea Party, protesting King George's levy on tea, set the stage for: 1. The American Revolution, and, 2. Coffee--the most popular U.S. beverage since 1733. Coffee-drinking in America began as an act of protest, a patriotic gesture of this country's independence from England.