The common impression is that the writers’ drink of choice is coffee, and that is probably true; surveys do show that writers/editors are among the top coffee consumers. I don’t know what that says about writers as a whole, haha… that we’re all sleep-deprived, perhaps? One Brian Andreas put it, “I don’t really like coffee, she said, but I don’t really like it when my head hits my desk when I fall asleep either.”
I’m probably a minority here. I don’t hate coffee and do drink it occasionally… though mostly out of necessity and usually with TONNES of sugar. My writing drink of choice would be tea, iced tea or fruit juice… and even those I don’t drink often. I usually find drinks, especially hot drinks, distracting when I’m writing, because they force me take my hands away from the keyboard. There is some notion that writers rely on coffee (or alcohol) for inspiration, but I know some who drink neither and are incredibly creative.
The lovely Maddie Cochere tagged me to take The Coffee Quiz, and even though I’m not a coffee drinker, the questions were fun!
1) How many cups of coffee per day?
For me it’s a weekly-basis kind of thing. I only drink like two cups of coffee during the week, three if I’m feeling really REALLY sleepy.
2) What is your favorite caffeine delivery system?
Chocolate! I know there’s very little caffeine in it, but I eat enough chocolate for the level to be significant. There’s also Hot Chocolate, coffee and occasionally Pepsi.
3) What was your best cup of coffee?
I have no idea actually! I could tell you about my best milkshakes and fruit drinks in explicit detail, but no coffee cup stands out to me.
4) What was your worst cup of coffee?
At one point I tried a cup of Turkish coffee and nearly gagged. The smell was heavenly so I thought it must taste yummy, right? Once that black liquid attacked my taste buds I was sent running for the kitchen sink to spit it out.
5) What does your favorite mug say?
I had one cup with lovely flower patterns on it, but it cracked so now I keep it as a decorative item. So now I take my coffee from the following mug, which as you can see simply says “Latte.”
6) How do you take your coffee?
I like my coffee hot. My regular cup of coffee typically has three-four spoons of creamer, one spoon of Nescafe and five-six spoons of sugar, and if available, I add caramel syrup or sweetened concentrated milk. So you could say it’s the sugar rush that wakes me up, not the coffee itself, haha.
7) When was your first cup?
It was probably that Turkish coffee cup I mentioned above. I think it was a friend who later convinced me that coffee can be made sweet or creamy, or else I might still be a coffee virgin.
8) Have you ever gone on a coffee date?
Nope. I don’t think I would’ve liked to go either. Sitting and talking over a cup of coffee seems… boring to me. It only seems appealing in novels!
I’ll pass this on to Cresting the Words, Dianne Grey, Lea Jurock, Naughty Nefarious, Lisa Spiral, Letizia and Cramped Writing. If you consider yourself a coffee addict, feel free to answer these questions too. If you don’t like coffee, what is your drink of choice? Do you add too much sugar to it?