Coffee and Writing

I’ve been writing for years now, and drinking coffee. The idea that coffee and writing goes hand in hand, but does it really? What is it about the stereotypical writer sitting in a coffee shop with their notebook writing with a steaming aromatic cup of joe always within reach?

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Some people opt for tea instead of coffee, but that topic is for another day. There is no end to the possibilities when discussing tea. Back to the topic of the day. Coffee. Some enthusiasts believe that there is only one way to make a cup of coffee. A mug and hot coffee: no sugar, no cream, no additives at all. Other enthusiasts will try just about any combination once. With all the possibilities, it is hard to get into the world of life altering delicious coffee.

I must admit, there is something inspiring about sitting at a favorite spot with my preferred writing tools (paper and pen or my trusty laptop) sipping on a cup of coffee. There is an immediate dissipation of all stress in my life. Combine this with my TG Lurgen music mix on YouTube, and I don’t have a care in the world unless it involves writing.

When I walk into a coffee shop, I instantly get overwhelmed. I’m not a connoisseur of coffee. Honestly, I make my own coffee at home and just throw together a great combination of ingredients that I will never be able to exactly replicate again. I can stand in front of the menu and read the variations of lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, frappuccinos, and brews and not have a clue about most of it. I usually stick to macchiatos or frappuccinos depending on whether I want hot or cold.

I think it is time to go on a coffee adventure to discover all the great flavors of coffee.

What about you? Let me know if you are an expert or novice coffee drinker. What is your go to drink for writing?

9 Comments

  1. Hi there, Amanda! I’m glad to see you’re writing & stretching out thoughts.

    As I told you on Twitter- I keep #LDS dietary law, but even so, I have to *really really* watch caffeine intake of any kind, or I lose sleep- or worse- get that caffeine headache. I sometimes use a caffeinated soda to get me going in the morning and push past the pain as my father does.

    But sitting down and trying to write something? I need a sensory stimulus that relaxes me- like the ones Sue, Bobbi & Athena have mentioned. You’ve read bits of the epic fantasy I’ve planned with Julie– a lot of that is still upsetting to write (as it’s so infused with survivor issues), and I need more calming aids!

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    1. I’m glad you read the post! Do you have drink decaf coffee? I haven’t seen what Sue, Bobbi, and Athena have talked about lately, so could you elaborate? I know you will get to your writing when it is best for you. Hope you all the best!

      ~A

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      1. I honestly can’t stand the taste of coffee. Nor does Julie. Even using ground coffee to enrich the taste of chocolate- I can still taste it, and don’t like it. It’s possible to cover it up- I remember getting some odd shade at Whitman College from a churchmate just because I’d had a cuppa, and somehow I wasn’t saying, “blech, coffee taste”!

        Have you heard of the substitutes, like Pero, and Postum? I read somewhere they were go-tos for LDS converts weaning off coffee. For some reason, my maternal grandparents kept a can of Pero, and my grandmother would ask for Sanka for years, since apparently Sanka was a known brand that had decent decaf.

        Julie and I tried an herbal tea that was supposed to mimic the taste of coffee, or something. We still didn’t like the taste.

        As to the other thing- I’m referring to a calming/self-soothing box: I keep a squeezy ball, mints, mint gum, flannel squares, beanbags, essential oils etc. in a tool box so I can have some sort of pleasant, relaxing sensory aid.

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  2. For me, coffee and writing definitely go hand in hand. My favorite time of day is first thing in the morning: I sit on my lanai with a cup of coffee, pad of paper and pen, and just let the writing drift in and out. It’s a great start to my day.

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  3. I hear you. I enjoy drinking tea when I write. I do not write nearly as often as I should but when I begin to write a hot beverage keeps me still. One reason is that I do not want to have to get up and re-warm it and two it simply slows my thinking down. I sip instead of my usual gulping down water or any other cold drink. In my experience hot drinks cause me to slow down; careful not to scorch my tongue, think, write and repeat. Thanks for the post.

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