A number of beverages receive particular attention and provide insight into the culture of the era well into the twenty-fourth century.
Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant.
Coffee and the value of a particularly good coffee is a recurring topic in the books.
The discovery that the Roci has a pretty good coffee machine and a large supply of fresh coffee to brew triggers numerous moments of mental and vocal advocacy. The coffee machine in the galley of the Rocinante is one of the pieces of equipment which receives a high degree of attention.
The fact that the Rocinante has such a great coffee maker supports the conclusion that coffee is just as popular on Mars as it is important to the people of Earth. It seems to be an imperative that every ship of the MCRN is equipped with a machine and the supplies are well-stocked. The crew is known to have thought, "thank god for over bloated military budgets."
Holden Books • TV is an enthusiast. As with any consumable, other characters he encounters would rate him somewhere between a junkie or a connoisseur, depending on their own personal relative level of interest.
In Cibola Burn, it is described how the crew likes their coffee:
- Holden Books • TV: black
- Naomi Books • TV: one sweetener
- Alex Books • TV: one whitener
- Amos Books • TV: two whiteners, two sweeteners
In Caliban's War, coffee often contrasts to Avasarala's Books • TV preference for tea. Chrisjen Avasarala is known to favor tea as her choice of the hot beverage. Maté is a particular variety she demonstrated demand from her assistants.