A while ago I wrote a post about the perfect food pairings for a writing life. But I’d like to expand on that and talk about something near and dear to my little heart: the brown gold otherwise known as coffee.
To my mind, coffee is the perfect desk accessory when you’re writing. Allow me to make my case? (Or, indulge me as I wax about my love…)
Coffee is warm, cozy, and comforting. Which is important when you’re spending a lot of time alone at a desk, living in your own head.
Coffee is stimulating. A very, very good thing, especially if you’re writing at 5 a.m. like me.
And, in case you didn’t know, there are a great many health benefits to coffee. True story, people.
Writing in coffee shops is a tradition with a long, illustrious history–many writers, from Hemingway to J.K. Rowling, have famously penned their words in a steamy cafe. And it’s a wonderful thing. Unless you were born to be a secret agent. Then the distractions may work against you. My friend and fellow blogger/writer/mom is a case in point.
Also, coffee is beautiful. If you don’t believe me, see my my Pinterest page on coffee. I’ll wait right here.
Back? Good. Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a wee craving right now. So–how best to make said cup of coffee? Well, a sparkling new machine recently appeared in my kitchen: Starbuck’s Verismo system. It’s something my mom bought me for a *cough* landmark birthday I recently celebrated. I love it. Except…I can’t use it at 5 am, because it’s actually quite loud and I’m terrified it will wake my children, thus unravelling all my plans for uninterrupted writing (and coffee-drinking) time.
So I use my Verismo for my 2nd cup, after my kids are awake. For my first, I often use Starbucks VIA. For instant coffee, it’s surprisingly good. And, frankly, couldn’t be faster or easier. (By the way, I’m not being compensated by Starbucks for this, I’m just a fan. Perhaps a rabid fan, but there it is.) Admittedly, I love coffee made with a French Press (like Bodum) but I loathe the messy cleanup after. I’d like someone to invent a self-cleaning French Press. Anyone know of such a thing?
So how about you: do you like coffee? What’s your favorite concoction? And…an age old question: is it even possible to write without a cup of coffee on your desk?