Coffee. I drink it all year round, but something happens in early fall that kicks my coffee consumption up a notch. It is a bit cooler in the evenings, darkness approaches sooner at nightfall, and I become more obsessed than usual with reading. This means I stay up later, read longer, and therefore need massive amounts of coffee-goodness to propel me into an almost manic reading euphoria. Think of it as speedballing for nerds; instead of heroin and cocaine, I’m shooting up with Wilkie Collins and a House Blend.
In honor of my coffee loving, I thought I’d share some of my most favorite coffee musings. Of course, there is Inman Perk, my favorite coffee shop; if you look at the picture above you will see my delicious Inman Perk coffee drink. I like to think of Inman Perk as my personal opium den.
For coffee how-to information, reviews, and snobbery (yes — I am a coffee snob) I look to CoffeeGeek.com. I especially enjoyed CoffeeGeek’s how-to-make-a-cafe-au-lait article; I literally salivated on my computer while reading it. For some music to accompany your brew, try listening to Bach’s Coffee Cantata.
Now for the reading, I find that coffee is best paired with thick novels such as Bleak House by Charles Dickens or The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas; of course a dark roast works best with these novels. Modern poetry is best with a light roast, while philosophy lends itself to straight up espresso shots. Of course – you could also go ape-shit with word play. Look to Malaprops for inspiration; at their cafe a mint mocha is a Robert Frost and a White Rabbit a white mocha. Go crazy and have a nutty latte (hazelnut or almond) while reading The Bell Jar. Have a dirty chai (espresso and chai mixed) while reading your E.M. Forster memoirs or a Kipling novel. If you enjoy insipid fluff like Nicholas Sparks I suggest a frappacino, the weight of the novel’s meaning should always match the amount of coffee taste in your drink. Since a frappacino tastes like nothing but sugar a vapid novel is suiting. Leave the dark stuff for Proust.
Alright folks, enough for now I have The Dark Clue and a dark roast just waiting to be consumed.