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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.