Coffee: Energy to Do More; Inspiration to do Better

Paul Barton Communications Coffee Cup

One topic I reference occasionally online in a casual way always seems to draw passionate responses. That topic – c-o-f-f-e-e !

It seems coffee is a caffeinated elixir for writers, communication professionals and creative types. Tweet “Give me coffee or give me death” or post “When the going gets tough, the tough get a double-shot latte” and there will be an outpouring of emotion.

My love of coffee first began when I was a child wandering around the back shop of my dad’s weekly newspaper. I think it was the sugar cubes that first attracted me to the coffee break room, but I was soon lured by the sound and smell of the towering 42-cup percolator. And there was something curiously quixotic watching pressmen using their pica poles to stir cream into their seldom-washed coffee cups.

By the time I reached the age of majority, coffee was my constant writing companion. It got me through term papers on philosophy in college, city council discussions about sewage treatment plants as a newspaper reporter, and late night writing of CEO Town Hall scripts as an internal communications professional. I’m pretty sure if you carefully sniff the pages of Maximizing Internal Communications, you’ll detect the faint smell of Kona coffee from numerous Honolulu coffee shops (Kissaten, Brue Bar, Spero Spera to name a few) where I wrote the book.

Today when I’m working remotely, Starbucks is my go-to “coffice.” Heck, this post was written at Starbucks. Now, I’m not saying I’m there too much but local store managers do have to explain to their District Managers the dramatic dips in their weekly sales that occur when I’m out of town.

Coffee gives me the energy to do more and the inspiration to do better. It’s the best part of waking my copy up and always good to the last word. So, in homage to this magic potion and in observance of International Coffee Day, here’s a collection of my favorite coffee writing resources, coffee quotes and coffee fun facts. Enjoy!


Coffee Writing Resources

Looking for a perfect “coffice” from which to work? My buddy Sam can always hook you up with a good place via his website The Coffice. Be sure to check out his tips on “coffice” etiquette.

Do you love to write while listening to the stimulating white noise of the coffee house but can’t go? Then bring the coffee house ambience to you with this the Coffitivity website. I like to mix in my own stimulating nouveau flamenco music with it (e.g. Novamenco).


Coffee Quotes

“If it were not for coffee, I would have no identifiable personality whatsoever.” – David Letterman

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love.” – Perfect coffee, according to a Turkish proverb

“If this is coffee, I want tea. But if this is tea, then I wish for coffee.” – Abraham Lincoln


Coffee Fun Facts

  • Coffee was created about 900 AD. (The coffee in the back shop of my father’s newspaper was not brewed in 900 AD, but did taste as if it were.)
  • Coffee is second only to water as the most consumed beverage in the world.
  • A coffee tree produces only 1 to 1.5 pounds of coffee a year.
  • The higher the altitude at which coffee is grown, the less caffeine it has.
  • Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee.
  • International Coffee is Sept. 29. However, every day is Coffee Day at Paul Barton Communications.

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