T.S. Arthur was an American editor and popular author of fiction and non-fiction works. “Coffee vs. Brandy” is the story depicting the role of alcohol plays in our society. Mrs. Eldridge and her husband discuss the preparations for the wedding party of their niece. Mrs. Eldridge counts the guests and decides to order liquors, champagne, sherry and brandy. The traditions and customs of the American society invariably link all celebrations with alcohol, but Mrs. Eldridge’s son offers to replace wine and brandy with a pleasant cup of coffee. Together with “The Allen House” and “Twenty Years Ago and Now”, “Coffee vs. Brandy” is the author’s advice to deny alcohol and seek “honour, success and happiness” without it.