While this composer is better known for his sacred cantatas, he wrote several secular ones. The plot tells of a young lady hopelessly addicted to coffee. In despair her father threatens to prevent her from marrying unless she gives up the java. Coffee, first introduced to Europe in the seventeenth century through trade with the Muslim world, had made its way to Germany by the 1730s, and the propriety of its consumption had become a matter of some controversy. A popular place to socialize and drink this controversial beverage was Zimmerman’s.