30 days of devotion: gods related to Caffeina

Deities related to Caffeina would be any which have similar duties over energy, community, alertness, and beverages.

There are other deities specifically credited with bringing coffee to humanity.

  • Ishtar taught the cultivation of coffee, which comes as no surprise from a goddess of, among other things, agriculture.
  • From the Temple of the Gods of Coffee we are offered a number of coffee saints, including Mr Coffee, Folgers, Cappucino, Espresso, and Mocha.
  • Kampuaa, who brings fire and water together
  • The Starbucks Siren

Tea is the obvious place to look for related deities; the beverage is served hot (often with ceremony) or cold, and indeed contains the ingredient which takes its name from the goddess herself.  One list of tea deities includes:

Deities of alertness include:
The social power of Caffeina is why friends gather over a pot of coffee, new romances evolve over the rim of the cup, and business is done with a mug in one hand and a pen in the other.  This makes a good argument for Caffeina being a goddess of love and commerce as well, but that would take me on far too many tangents.  For the purpose of defining community, I look to the gods of the hearth and kitchen.
  • Hestia is the Hellenic goddess of the hearth; to some interpretations, she is the hearth.
  • Zao Jun, kitchen god
  • Brigid, goddess of many things, including the hearth
  • Annamurti, an incarnation of Vishnu who is god of the kitchen
  • Frigg, who among other things is responsible for household affairs
Some of these connections are more of a stretch than others, but I hope I at least made my reasoning clear.  I’d love to learn about other gods who are somehow related to Caffeina.

This post is part of a series, 30 days of devotion to Caffeina.

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