Has the worship of Caffeina changed in modern times? Oh MY yes. While coffee has been a loyal companion of our kind for millennia, it is only in recent decades that Caffeina has been undeniably revealed to us, and the use of the beverage has reached a fevered pitch.
Caffeina, even as she personalizes the coffee experience, manages to transcend cultural and religious baggage to reach followers of all stripes. The Charge of the Goddess Caffeina instructs:
Whenever ye have need of wakefulness, at least once in the day, and better it be when the sun is rising, then ye shall assemble in your kitchens and adore the essence of Me who am Queen of all Beverages.
This ritual takes place in all corners of the world. Indeed, some Christians call coffee hour the “third sacrament” of their religion because they understand the power of community that Caffeina brings to their worship. (Mind you, it is no disrespect for Christians to have a relationship with Caffeina: the commandment says something about “no other gods before me,” not “no other gods period.”)
Worship of Caffeina has come a long way since she revealed herself to us, something I suspect took place in the 20th century, although I have yet to chase down the details. Now the coffee houses which are her temples often bear her name, and she brings together followers of many different paths who share devotion to her sacred brew.
In fact, I’m hoping that my own Hellenic community takes a page from the Christians, and we include at least a coffee hour at our upcoming revival festival to help bring us closer together.