Coffee, coffee, and then more coffee

Benno Mélange, Viennese specialty coffee from Cafe Benno, Vienna, Austria. From my smiley face blog (click the pic to go there).

Just a quick post full of links, because apparently, this week I haven’t been the only one with coffee on the brain (and in my cup).

The first one I noticed came through one of my subscriptions here in WordPress, over at author Heather Wright’s The Wright Words blog. Nothing in depth or earth-shaking, but in “Coffee Writing,” Wright does comment on the joy of writing while sipping a cuppa joe. Which I love, because back in undergrad, when my addiction to love affair with coffee began, a professor once told me that caffeine stimulates the creative centers in the brain, which is why so many poets and painters have been hanging out in coffeehouses since the Turks invented the establishment more than 1000 years ago. I’ve since read a lot of back-and-forth on the exact impact (or lack of) coffee has on mental and creative abilities, but anecdotally and personally, I’ve seen nothing that disproves that little factoid and I live by it as a truism.

Which is why I also love the other post — or, rather, series of posts — I found at a blog I’ve newly subscribed to, Gin & Lemonade. The blogger, LKD, is apparently running a photo series on her “magic coffee,” a cool sort of “magic eye” Rorschach test in coffee foam, but I only found out about it because of her recent post “All Good Stories Start With Coffee,” which, as Heather Wright and I have agreed, is damn good advice.

And finally, I’m paying attention to a new group I learned about this weekend, Coffee for a Cause, a Portland-based organization aiming to use coffee and/or coffeehouses to benefit local non-profits. The website doesn’t seem to have been updated since March, so I’m not sure if they’re still active, but I certainly hope so because I’d love to support them.

Got any other cool coffee links, coffee posts, or coffee groups to share? Leave me a comment!

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

4 thoughts on “Coffee, coffee, and then more coffee

  1. I found both you and The Wright Words while doing a tag-search for ‘writing’ here on WP. I’m glad I did, and I’m glad you like my coffee-fueled posts!


    1. Hi, Lorna! Thanks for (re)visiting and for sharing your love of coffee! I’m often amazed at people who don’t love coffee, and frankly, I almost distrust writers who don’t drink coffee.

      Really enjoying your blog, and looking forward to the next post. 🙂

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