Coffee. An Unconditional Love.

I love coffee unconditionally.

I enjoy everything about coffee. The smell. The taste. The color. The texture.

Though I prefer the beautiful smoothness of Kona coffee, I will still drink down the bitter dregs of cafeteria coffee.

I function well enough without coffee, but with it…I’m unstoppable.

This week, I stumbled upon THIS ARTICLE, which stated that “NASA scientists believe the research demonstrates that web-spinning spiders can be used to test drugs because the more toxic the chemical, the more deformed was the web.”


…of all the drug-addled spiders, the webs of the ones on caffeine lack the characteristic “wheel” of a normal spider web. In fact, caffeine makes spiders “incapable of spinning anything better than a few threads strung together at random.”

So, does that mean that a writer on caffeine would be incapable of anything better than a few words strung together at random?

(It’s like one of those Zen Koans…like, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”)

Anyway, all that to say, even knowing that caffeine is more toxic than the average drug, wrapped up in coffee, it’s still my drug of choice.

And, you’ d have to pry my coffee from my cold, dead hands.

See? Unconditional love.

(Also, I know that NASA wasn’t trying to compare spiders and people. I’m not completely crazy.)

(Besides, people like reading random words.)

Photo credit: Coffee Love By Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic

Photo credit: Superhero by Vegas Bleeds Neon


12 thoughts on “Coffee. An Unconditional Love.

  1. Beth says:

    Mmm coffee!! Except…now that I’ve been off coffee for pregnancy, I’m wondering if I really want to start the habit back up again. I might try to train myself to like mate tea instead…which is actually pretty tasty and coffee-like (as tea goes) and has way less of the ‘bad’ caffeine than even regular tea.

    That said…I’ve also read studies that show that 1-2 cups of coffee is good for you. πŸ™‚

    • Liza Kane says:

      yeah, certified organic coffee itself is perfectly acceptable (especially since I drink my coffee black)…it’s the caffeine that those NASA nerds were studying. I’m sure the concentration levels of caffeine in my coffee is WAY less than the ones they gave those silly, strung out spiders πŸ˜‰

      PS, I LOVE Yerba Mate tea! and Rooibos tea! I tend to drink more teas in the dead of winter though. I highly recommend Dandy Blend–caffeine free herbal coffee substitute containing dandelions. Delicious, and depending on how you prepare it, is as rich and full-bodied as coffee! mmmm

  2. Lindsay says:

    OMG this made me laugh. I’m such a coffee addict – I have an espresso machine and use it twice a day! Wow, hope it doesn’t make my writing a train wreck:)

    • Liza Kane says:

      heehee yay! I love my espresso machine, french press, and other coffee accoutrements, but alas, my lack of counter space has made me tuck them all away (for now!)
      Once my kitchen’s renovated, though, you better believe I’ll be busting all my babies out!! ^_^

  3. Jennifer J Randolph says:

    BAHAHAHA this was great enough that I shared with my co-worker coffee addicts. The spider pic really got me.

    As for if coffee affects my writing – yes. I cannot write as much with no caffeine. Granted my writing needs more editing afterwards but I like having a lot to write and more ideas. Now if only I could just have an IV drip of coffee and I would be golden ^_^

  4. Lena Corazon says:

    Haha, replace “coffee” with “tea,” and I’m behind you 100%. I’ve got a pretty low tolerance for caffeine, so a cup of coffee leaves me nauseous and super jittery. A few cups of a rich, dark Early Grey, though, or a tasty blackcurrant tea, and I’m totally in business. I get that crazy caffeinated buzz, and I am ready to tackle EVERYTHING (my current state of involved-in-way-too-much can perhaps be blamed on the tea buzz. :p).

    I can only image that poor caffeine-drunk spider got *so darn excited* at the prospect of spinning a web, it just didn’t know where to start first… and half-way through, experienced that very sad plummeting of energy. But enjoy your coffee, my dear! I am off to have some Earl Grey. πŸ˜€

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