Writer’s Workshop: I love coffee


Mama Kat had a good prompt for me this week:

Write a blog post inspired by the word: Coffee


A couple of years ago, I decided that I was going to give up every other drink except coffee and water, and the occasional Frappuccino or milk shake. I was drinking a lot of diet soda, and my blood pressure was going up. Within a week of switching, my blood pressure went way down.

I love coffee. I can’t drink regular coffee anymore, because it raises my blood pressure, and I don’t need another blood vessel bursting in my brain. I have to drink decaf, which many people say isn’t drinking coffee. You know what I say? Screw ’em if they can’t take a joke.


Did you know that Starbucks doesn’t brew decaf after the morning rush? They’re more than happy to make you a cup where they drip water through a filter with decaf in it, but it doesn’t taste right. I just get a venti (20 oz.) Americano, which is four shots of (decaf) espresso mixed with hot water. I always request it with no room for cream and sugar. My folks didn’t drink coffee with cream and sugar, and I took after them. The water they use for the Americano is just a couple of degrees lower than boiling, so you have to let it sit for a few minutes to let it cool off.

Mary and I go to Starbucks a lot. She brings her knitting and iPad, I bring my netbook. I get a lot of my writing done there (writing to include searching for pictures and fretting over copyright), at least one blog post, maybe two. I try and leave time to visit bloggers who have stopped by the blog and made comments on my entries. As Yogi Berra said, you should always go to other people’s funerals, or they won’t go to yours. Visiting other blogs is a lot more fun than going to funerals, obviously, but the idea is the same: if you want people to come and visit your blog, you should go and visit theirs. I’m not always good about that, although I do follow over 400 blogs, and try to make comments or at least give the blogger a “Like” when I can….

Where was I?

I drink coffee all day. We make a pot of decaf first thing in the morning, Mary fills her cup and my ubiquitous travel mug and puts the rest in a Thermos. I top off my mug whenever I’m in the vicinity of the Thermos. She still drinks regular, and I generally make her half a pot at some point during the day.

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My ubiquitous travel mug. I think I’m due for a new one.

I like the travel mug because I can stick it in my pocket and walk up and down stairs with it. That’s one of the advantages of being a big guy: bigger pockets.

Nature’s calling from across the hall… Here’s Manhattan Transfer with “Java Jive.”

Here are the instructions for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, in case you want to play along:

Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

  1. Share something your significant other recently did or said that made you smile.
  2. Share a photo that captures your special Valentine(s).
  3. List the top 10 blogs you’re loving most this month.
  4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Coffee
  5. List your five most recent favorite things.
  6. February 18th is National Drink Wine Day. How do you like your wine?


Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

22 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: I love coffee”

  1. I adore coffee and totally get the decaf conundrum. I drink the caffeine kind and there was one season of Lent that I actually gave up Starbucks because I was spending far too much money there. People said I should give up coffee… I laughed at them. It warms my moody-not-a-morning person heart. For everyone’s safety, coffee stays.


    1. A priest friend of mine said that one year his mother gave up coffee for Lent, and the whole family suffered. He said when you choose what you’re going to do for Lent, make sure you’re the only person to feel the effect.

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    1. It’ll get better. I quit under much different circumstances, which made it easier (I spent several weeks in the hospital after my stroke, and they never give anyone caffeine). You don’t want to do it that way. Trust me… 😆


  2. I can definitely see my husband and I spending quiet mornings in Starbucks when our kids are out of here. I love the cozy environment, people watching, reading, and of course the smell of fresh coffee. It’s a great place for blogging!


  3. Loves me my coffee but now, like you, I have to take it “unleaded”. Still seems to perk me up in the mornings, though. When I’m rushed I stop at the convenience store and get my fix but today I cheated and mixed half decaf and half french vanilla cappuccino.


  4. If it’s made from coffee beans, you can call it coffee. But I don’t understand the purpose of decaf.

    If it’s coffee worth drinking, it doesn’t need help.

    Starbucks is evil.

    It’s not much fun blogging and being ignored. But I wouldn’t want people to read / comment because they feel obligated. People should read what interests them. Or what impresses potential lovers.

    I drink red wine. White is merely “wine”.


    1. The first time I saw Manhattan Transfer, I didn’t know what to make of them, but I loved their harmony and after a while that was all that was important. They had a summer replacement TV show that was really enjoyable, and each of them showed what great singers they were.

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  5. I think it’s odd that Starbucks stops brewing decaff coffee after a certain time. You think they would all day especially for people who can’t drink caffeine after certain times (like me!).
    I’ve always wanted to go to Starbucks to write but I haven’t made the plunge yet. I get all sorts of awkward anxious-y like — one day though…one day.
    My husband isn’t a fan of Starbucks. In Canada we are Tim Horton’s fans.


  6. I’m a one cup in the morning kind of girl. I bet it’s kind of fun sitting in a coffee shop writing and watching people. I’ll have to try that when I have time.


    1. I can’t say that I sit there and watch the people. I’m generally busy getting blog entries ready to go. Typically the people I see are studying or reading, so I couldn’t say I’d get much out of it. But the coffee’s good… 😆


  7. Wow, I don’t think I could cut out everything but water and coffee. I can’t live without my milk. I only drink one cup a day otherwise I get an upset stomach. I’ve got quite a few extra travel mugs if you need one. =) I wrote about my love of coffee, too!


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