These originated as questions for an award. I don’t do awards, but I like the questions. They are all about coffee and caffeine. And how I feel about it.

I feel that caffeine is good, but I don’t want it unless it comes wrapped up in a cup of hot coffee. Not iced coffee.

Hot coffee. Preferably in a thermal cup. With an English muffin.

Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning?

No. The dogs wake me up. The coffee is how I survive the dogs.

Would you drink coffee if all that is available is instant coffee?

I don’t even like that high-priced instant they make in those ridiculously expensive machines. I like real coffee and if I could deal with the cleanup, I’d actually percolate it. In a percolator. Meanwhile, I settle for drip and it’s okay, especially when it has been sitting on the heat for an hour.

What do you think is the highest number of cups you’ve had in one day?

Three? Maybe four? But that was a social thing. At home, we never drink that much coffee. One very large cup — like 16 ounces — and that’s it for the day.

What do you think of Starbucks™?

Overpriced, burned coffee. My son calls it “Charbucks.”

What do you think of flavored coffee?

I like some of them. I love vanilla and hazelnut.

Cinnamon is good too.

Do you like the smell of coffee?


Do you think that coffee grown in different parts of the world taste differently?

It should, but often doesn’t. A lot of the coffee you buy is so mixed with other grinds that it isn’t the real deal.

I have had coffee in other parts of the world and it definitely tasted different.

What role (if any) does coffee play in your life?

It’s what I do in the morning while I’m trying to sort out my email.

What’s the difference between Irish coffee and Turkish coffee?

Irish coffee is laced with whiskey. Drank a lot of it in Ireland, but not for breakfast. It’s a drink.

Feenjon for making boiled coffee.

Turkish coffee is ground very fine, mixed (sometimes) with cardamom, and boiled. Four times to a froth then poured into tiny cups. A few cups of that coffee has enough caffeine to help you take off and fly. It isn’t Turkish coffee. It is made all around the Mediterranean. Greeks call it Greek coffee. Armenians call it Armenian coffee. I call it boiled coffee. It was the first coffee I really loved.

Do you buy whole-bean coffee or pre-ground coffee?

Ground. I got tired of grinding beans. Call me lazy.

Do you know the difference between Arabica coffee and Robusta coffee?

I know what they say about it, but I’m not convinced there really IS a difference.

When is the best time to drink coffee?

After I’ve done the “morning things” and “morning dog things.”

I take my big cuppa coffee and my toasted muffin with jelly, open the computer and my day in ON.

Which coffee would you prefer? Hot or cold?

Hot. Iced coffee is always too sweet and is less coffee than other stuff.

Do you have a favorite coffee shop?

Until they were infested with cockroaches, it was Dunkin Donuts. I still like the coffee and the donuts, but distrust the cleanliness.

How old are when you started drinking coffee?


Do you think that you are addicted to coffee?

Probably. I got OFF coffee then my doctor put me back ON it.

Do you believe that coffee is good or bad for you?

It is neither. Caffeine does good things and not good things.

If you drink an insane amount of it, that’s probably not good. But that’s true of everything.

Does coffee affect your appetite?


Would you drink less coffee if you knew it stained your teeth?


What do you think happens when you overdose on coffee?

You have to pee a LOT. And you twitch.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

44 thoughts on “CAFFEINATED CWESTIONS – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. I seem to have hit my limit at 16 ounces which is two cups in a thermal mug. Great cups by the way. The coffee is still hot hours after I put it i the much and I can sip at it all day. Bigger than that is too much for my bladder!

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      1. That’s a great mug if it keeps a drink hot all day. I tend to go for smaller mugs myself. I probably have about 4 cups a day. Lately I’ve been trying to make the last hot drink of the day tea. When Naomi visits we drink tea because she doesn’t like coffee. I switched to mostly coffee at home because David didn’t like tea. Now I have whichever I feel like.


        1. Tea will keep you awake just like coffee if it’s “real” tea and not one of those strange herbal recipes. Strong tea has tons of caffeine in it. I like tea, too, but I like coffee better.

          The cups — the metal ones made by Contigo — are amazing. They keep the coffee hot for at least 6 hours and quite warm for another two. I LOVE our cups! And they have lids, so there’s no spillage, either.


          1. That would be very handy for travel or when I’m busy at the computer and forget to finish it. Cold coffee or tea is awful. As for tea nope, no herbal. Just the regular kind with milk. I don’t even care for Earl Grey despite the fact that Captain Picard likes it.


        1. Some of us are more sensitive to caffeine than others. It does wake me up and sometimes, I really need that first thing in the morning. But by the time I’m halfway into my cuppa, I’m pretty perked up. The first 8 ounces are a necessity. The next 8? Maybe, maybe not.

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      2. Lot of questions about “Joe”.

        I drink more now in retirement than in my crazy working years. “Joe” usually prompts several trips to the throne room. I didn’t have the luxury of throne room visits while working. Usually, it was find the nearest bush and hope no one was looking. If they were looking, I’d just smile and wave.

        I like vanilla Joe.

        I usta love Irish Joe. Drank lots of it on our honeymoon in Ireland. Alas, I cannot drink Irish Joe anymore.

        Woe is me.


    1. I can’t eat tomatoes or orange juice. I really MISS the orange juice. So far I’m okay with coffee. You know they make nonacidic coffee I don’t know how good it is, but if I got desperate I’d try it.


    1. Isn’t it? I did enjoy explaining how to make boiled (Mediterranean aka Turkish aka Israeli aka Arab) coffee. I haven’t done it in a long time because it’s pretty intense and also rather sweet. Garry doesn’t like sweet coffee, but you really need sugar in the mix or it doesn’t come out right.

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      1. I spent a few weeks in Israel for my job about 30 years ago and I remember the coffee there being almost mud like in its thickness and very bitter. But maybe that was just the part of the country I was at, rather rural.


        1. It also depends on how well it is cooked. Some people are really good at it. It’s not easy. It’s an actual skill. That’s what the sugar is about and of course, the quality of the coffee matters, too. Really GOOD boiled coffee is a treat, but badly made, it’s like drinking sand.

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  1. Is that 16 oz of black coffee, or including milk?
    I have some cute little latte glasses that I drink coffee out of; one or two a day. Getting the expresso machine all ready to go, grinding the beans, drawing the coffee and warming the milk are all part of my morning ritual. A day doesn’t feel right without it.


    1. Half-and-half. Latte cups are great if what you are drinking IS latte or boiled coffee or some other very strong potion. For regular coffee, it’s just … well … where’s the rest of it?

      I did all that. But as I’ve gotten older, I have found a simple style. I simply don’t have the oomph to do all that first thing in the morning. But if someone ELSE would do it, I’d be happy to drink it!

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      1. 🙂 yes, it is nice having a really good coffee made for you.
        Our machine is a bit temperamental, and some days I feel like Star Trek’s Scotty with it.


            1. Garry can’t cook — and refuses to learn. His father never learned to cook either. That was mom’s job. Garry has been very supportive of me in every other way, so I supposed I have to just cope with this. I think partly, he is afraid he won’t do it well and if he can’t do it well, he won’t do it at all. He is an over-achiever.

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              1. My father cooked quite a lot when I was a kid, because Mum sometimes worked evenings. Dad’s actually way better at it than my mum (not difficult). Both my brothers are great cooks — I think we all learned when mum stopped working nights and we figured doing it ourselves was the only way to get edible meals.


  2. I used to drink pots a day, probably between my son and I, 4 or 5, with company, more. Coffee gets calories burning, and it’s a brilliant way to start your day. Because of the price, between the three of us, we may drink three pots a day now, but I love it. I grind the beans. My daughter introduced me to grinding coffee, no looking back. It has so much more flavour! I’ve tried several flavours, but I prefer straight up coffee with cream. I laughed out loud at your joyous answers, Marilyn. Loved this post! Awesome stuff! Coffee and you! Your humour is delightful!


    1. It took me a long time to discover coffee. I turned out what I didn’t like was the coffee my parents made. It was weak and watery and had no “guts.” After I learned to make better coffee, all bets were off. We don’t drink gallons of it. When more people were living in the house, we drank much more … but there were more mouths drinking, too. For just the two of us, we make their version of 10 cups which is out version of 1-1/2 cups each and that keeps us for the day. Also, if we drink coffee at night, we don’t sleep well. So just the one pot. But it’s GOOD coffee 🙂


        1. My parents made awful coffee. Yet my mother LOVED coffee. Everything coffee. Coffee ice-cream. Coffee cake. Coffee milk. But their version of coffee just tasted like tainted water to me.


  3. Thanks for answering my questions! I hear ya about grinding coffee. It tastes better but it’s so much work! ^_^

    Dunkin Donuts does has some good coffee. Too bad there aren’t any franchises in this area. The ones in Albuquerque were pretty clean. No creepy crawlies.

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    1. I used to love going there, but the last two times we brought home donuts, there was a big cockroach in each box. That killed donuts for me, probably forever. I still like the coffee — but I buy it in bags. Sealed.

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  4. Who knew there could be so many questions about coffee? I’ve never tried it before… I don’t even like the smell. And I don’t like hot drinks at all… if it’s liquid, it needs to be ice cold for me.


    1. Really cold drinks make my teeth hurt. Even ice cream — a little goes a long way. I’m one of those bizarre people asking for “just a tiny bit of ice if the soda is really warm.” It really is because it makes my teeth hurt. I like the cold drinks, the but hurting teeth are less fun.


  5. I must say it is nice to meet someone else with your passion for coffee! I didn’t really start drinking coffee regularly until the birth of my second child (had to go back to work after 5 weeks–Family Leave Act wasn’t in place yet). About that time was when Starbucks entered the picture (late 80s) along with other coffee houses and bakeries. Once I discovered iced mochas from La Bou I dutifully paid my $4.50 every day of the week on my way to work and on weekends. Once I met my husband 9 years ago who also loves coffee, I bought a decent coffee maker and use the Costco Kirkland brand of Colombian medium roast. Like my mother and grandfather before me, I can drink coffee (hot, mostly) all day. Yes, I need that afternoon cuppa! Loved reading about your coffee adventures and l learned some things 🙂


    1. I didn’t drink coffee until I was living in Jerusalem and tasted latte for the first time. I fell in love and never recovered! There were coffee shops everywhere and we had a good one around the corner where they served the Israeli version of a latte, called “upside down” coffee because the hot milk goes in first and the coffee on top.

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  6. Perfect topic! I love good coffee, first thing in the morning and early afternoon. Any later, and I’m thinking about that coffee all night long while I make a couple of trips to the bathroom. And, I think I’m addicted because if I miss caffeine of some sort in the afternoon, I have a headache the next morning. So, I don’t miss it. 🙂


    1. That is an actual side effect of coffee, but coffee also helps regulate your digestion (regularity and coffee go together like love and marriage) … and blood sugar. There are people who can’t drink it, but if you can and you do, you will get a headache if you don’t. Caffeine is always a big part of medication for migraines, too.

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  7. I love coffee- can’t start the day without it. My husband pulled the old percolator out of the closet and has been perking his coffee for a few months now- nothing like the smell of it- and the taste! I started buying unsweetened iced coffee- trying different brands they sell in Target- they are strong and good- and no sweetener! Love my iced coffee in the summer 🙂


    1. I may try a percolator yet. The coffee is so much better. I’ve never made my own iced coffee. The stuff you buy is so sweet and full of whipped cream and toppings, there’s no coffee in it.


      1. If you try a percolator, be careful not to let the coffee percolate too long as it will become bitter and bad tasting. The best and better than perced coffee is French Press but it takes a little experimenting to get it right, but there are plenty of online directions to follow. I just average those directions and can come up with a consistent cup.

        “Arabica” referes to the fact that all coffee originally came from Africa. The original sources were from Arab countries but much comes from Kenya, Ethiopia and surrounding locations. “Robusta” refers to flavors, and strength of some Arabica coffees.., and of course the coffees form South America were brought there from those African countries by early explorers and settlers. Coffee seems to grow well in South America. My coffee expert friends still seem to prefer those coffees actually grown in Africa. I’ve found a Mayan blend, and a Cuban coffee , at Costco that is really good but I can’t get the Cuban one in AZ. My sister sends me a bag every so often.

        Grinding is no problem if you have the right grinder. I use a Breville that does it automatically. Just set it for the desired grind coarseness once, and you’re good to go each morning.

        The Coffee Maven


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