Inspiration, Writing

Ten Writers Who Were Coffee Fanatics

writer's tools, notebook, laptop, coffee

Coffee and writing go hand in hand like dark chocolate and Cabernet—at least for me.

If I’m lucky, my son makes a pot of coffee before I get up in the morning. I’m lucky one out of ten times.

I start my morning with two big mugs of coffee which is four regular cups. This stimulates my creativity and motivation (or maybe I just get hyper) but the java gets me through a couple or three hours of writing and reading.

So, it didn’t surprise me that many famous writers are also coffee lovers.

Louisa May Alcott said,

I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.

Albert Camus contemplated,

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?

Voltaire had a reputation as a coffee lover by allegedly drinking 40 cups of coffee a day mixed with chocolate (fanatic). Voltaire said about coffee,

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”

Not to be beaten by Voltaire, Honore de Balzac drank up to 50 cups of coffee a day—fanatic:

Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle.

T.S. Eliot quote, coffee lover
T.S. Eliot quote on


Abigal Reynolds, who writes Jane Austen inspired novels, wrote:

I like my coffee with cream and my literature with optimism.

Here’s a writer who needs his coffee:

That’s something that annoys the hell out of me—I mean if somebody says the coffee’s all ready and it isn’t. J.D. Salinger

If you’re an American in England take a pound of coffee with you. According to Christopher Fry:

“Coffee in England is just toasted milk.”

Now here’s an author, Joseph Finder, who’s suspicious of those writers who don’t drink coffee:

I don’t get people who don’t like coffee and I distrust writers who don’t drink it.

And lastly, my favorite quote:

Gertrude Stein quote, coffee
The wonders of coffee-Gertrude Stein quote


Now it’s time for my second mug of coffee. Have a joyful week.

9 thoughts on “Ten Writers Who Were Coffee Fanatics”

  1. My surprise is that you have a son old enough to make coffee. I had to drink 3 cups to ponder that one.

    I find people, in general, who don’t drink coffee, dry and uninteresting. Mopes, some of them.

    To paraphrase Sydney Smith (the dude lived a while back), I am glad I was not born before coffee. Or died before Mona.


  2. Sylvia, we meet again! Don’t forget Daniel, my and your meeting around a bottle of the best tequila. Of course, that’s in the future when I save up enough nickels. And some good coffee afterwards.

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