I woke up feeling like crap this morning. Then, within a very short time, I was downright chipper and had happily begun motoring through a to-do list that had previously seemed completely overwhelming. What’s my secret? Coffee. And more coffee.
I frequently wake up feeling sluggish and unprepared for strenuous things like productivity and creativity. I often wonder whether I should just go get a retail job that doesn’t tax my brain. Then I drink the first cup of coffee, and another, and–it’s magic! I get my stuff done. All of it.
In fact, I originally wanted a coffee theme for this blog. Unfortunately, a little research turned up blog after blog with virtually the same visuals: a messy desk covered with papers, books, pens, a laptop (sometimes), and a big cup of coffee. So I had to ask my blog designer, Lori Randall Stradtman, to find a WordPress theme that didn’t have my favorite beverage in it.
I once wrote a blog about working at Roy’s Station in Japantown in San Jose. I’ve written numerous blogs there, and at Cafe Trieste and Peet’s. Coffee house refreshments and atmosphere are essential to the creative process. It’s also true that when you work from home, you can get dead bored hanging out where you live all day and all night.
You can go to wikipedia and read about the real history of coffee, but I like one snapshot from author Judith Merkle Riley. She described how this new drug became all the rage in Paris in the 17th century, and coffee houses were almost like opium dens. I laughed as I read her description of the giddy aristocracy sipping this black liquid and feeling invincible. (I think this bit is in The Oracle Glass.) Not much has changed!
The Coffee Detective blog has everything you need to know about coffee buying and brewing. I have a single cup coffee maker, which doesn’t make the very best cup, but it makes a darn good one very conveniently. I’ve heard that French presses make the best-tasting coffee, and I have two of them for when I want a cup that’s “hand-crafted.”
Here’s another coffee-related blog: Coffee Sage. I got a big kick out of this post: Is Starbucks [sic] Trenta Size Making Us Fat And Do We Really Care? The answer is “yes,” it’s going to make us fat and go into a diabetic coma, and “no,” we could care less.
And if you want to learn some new ways to brew coffee–even in a sock!–check out this blog: Six Ways to Brew Coffee Around the World.
Just for grins, add a comment and tell me your favorite cup of coffee. Mine is just a strong cup of regular coffee with milk or half and half. Occasionally, I like a really good Italian-style latte, like they make at Cafe Trieste.