Through Conversation and Literature, Coffee and Words Are a Natural Combination

Coffee talk is a thing. Why? Because conversations just seem to flow better when a tasty cup of coffee is on the table. Think about the times and the places we all enjoy coffee. To name a few:

● When you’re in the break room talking about your weekend adventures with your coworkers

● While you’re gathered around a campfire, swapping fishing stories with your friends

● During the enjoyment of your after-dinner dessert, romanticizing your vacation plans with your better half

drinking coffee by a campfire

Because of coffee’s ubiquity as a storytelling sidekick, it’s no wonder coffee appears not only in TV shows and movies, but also in many literary conversations. Integrating coffee into scenes makes stories relatable, as most readers know firsthand the feeling of the cup in their hand. They can imagine the aromas described and understand the importance of the “coffee conversation” for the character.

No doubt authors can relate, too. Indeed, the inspiration of a strong cup of coffee may have accompanied many late-night finishes of our favorite books and poems.

The Malloys found their way, that afternoon, to the Broadway Automat. They shouted with pleasure at the magical coffee spigots and the glass doors that sprang open. “O City of Broken Dreams,” a short story by John Cheever

Glen Selvy stuck his head around the edge of the partition to say good night. Lightborne asked him in for coffee, which was perking on a GE hotplate in a corner of the room. Selvy checked his watch and sat in a huge, dusty armchair … [Lightborne] poured three cups. “Running Dog” by Don DeLillo

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons… “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee? “The Warden” by Anthony Trollope

coffee and reading a book

And finally, a few quotes from the writing legends on the power of coffee.

“I could settle down into a state of equable low spirits and resign myself to coffee.” ― Charles Dickens

“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.” ― Dorothy Parker (on having to interact with people before she’s had coffee)

“Coffee is a lot more than just a drink. It’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself.” ― Gertrude Stein

Now, who’s ready for some coffee?

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