Submitted by Niels Clausen-Stuck
I am from North Friesland, at the top of Germany, close to the Danish border, at the windy west coast. All tress are a bit bend to the east, because the wind blows steadily from the west. Autumn and winter are especially windy, wet and cold. So, to warm up after a long walk along the dike, coffee with rum does an amazing job. We have a local drink that (supposedly) was invented in 1873, called the ‘Pharisee’. One legend has it that the Pharisee was literally born out of necessity. For the baptism of the 7th Child of the farmer Peter Johannsen in the Elizabeth Sophia polder, many guests were invited. Of course, the pastor Gustav Bleyer was there, who always warned against the evil effects of alcohol. Everyone dared to drink only pure coffee in his presence. Finally, the master of the house had enough and he gave instructions to serve rum in the coffee and to hide it under a thick layer of whipped cream. Pastor Bleyer got his coffee still pure until he accidentally got a cup with rum. He tasted the cause of the increasing happiness of his flock out immediately and said, "Now I do know but, oh, you Pharisees!". A similar hot chocolate combo is named a ‘Dead Aunt’. Virtually all restaurants in the region all have the specially labeled and decorated cups today. The pattern on the cup is called ‘Blue Fluted’, a popular Chinese pattern of the 1800’s. It was made popular in the region by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, when the region still was Danish. The pattern is virtually to be found in all farmhouse cupboards in the region. The Porcelain Manufactory’s plan was from the beginning to make Blue Fluted porcelain accessible to the masses and be a service that appealed to all levels of society, they were successful to a degree that it still is considered a standard.