Coffee or Tea?

Starbucks cup

Which is your go-to writer fuel, coffee or tea? Or do you guzzle Pepsi or an energy drink?

It’s coffee for me, the stronger the better. And if I’m writing late into the night, you can bet there will be some wine on my desk.

So, what’s your drink of choice when you sit down to write?

Coffee Beans

Does your muse live in your coffee cup?  I know my morning brew fills my head with creative ideas, and even gives me the energy to edit with enthusiasm.  Coffee and writing seem to go hand in mug for most of us, so I thought I’d look up some fun facts about this magic brew. 

1)  Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian Wine
2) Bach wrote a coffee cantata in 1732
3) During the American Revolution, our founding fathers formed their national strategies in coffeehouses
4) Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa
5) In Italy, espresso is considered so essential to daily life that the price is regulated by the government
6) The average annual coffee consumption of the American adult is 26.7 gallons, or over 400 cups
7) Frederick the Great had his coffee made with champagne and a bit of mustard
8 ) Coffee, along with beer and peanut butter, is on the national list of the “ten most recognizable odors”
9) Adding sugar to coffee is believed to have started in 1715, in the court of King Louis XIV
10) The Europeans first added chocolate to their coffee in the 1600s
11) The French philosopher, Voltaire, reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day
12) Irish cream and Hazelnut are the most popular coffee flavorings
13) The most widely accepted legend associated with the discovery of coffee centers around a goat herder named Kaldi from Ethiopia. Around the year 800-850 AD, Kaldi noticed his goats behaving in a frisky manner after eating the leaves and berries of a coffee shrub.  Of course, he had to try them, and coffee was born
14) The word ‘tip’ dates back to old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, “To Insure Promptness,” encouraged customers to pay for efficient service, resulting in acronym of TIP
15) All coffee is grown within 1,000 miles of the equator

I also wanted to share a really cool website for all you writers and wordologists out there.  Dictionary.com is an online dictionary, but also gives you access to a thesaurus, encyclopedia, and language translator.  On the left sidebar, you can find their ‘Word of the Day’, and sign up to have it emailed to you each day if you want.  Their games are really fun for adults and would be a great educational tool for kids.  Word Machine and Word Kingdom are a couple of my favorites.  You can even click the little icons on the bottom right to follow dictionary.com on twitter or facebook.