Enjoy A Cuppajava [on Merely A Thought Monday]

The night is still and it’s hot. I suppose that’s why we’re having trouble sleeping though, if you read our smack-dabs, you’ll already know that sleepless nights make a regular appearance in our life and, therefore, our cartoon.

Sleepless nights and coffee. You might suspect that the coffee causes the sleepless nights but the opposite is true. Sleepless nights contribute to the giant mugs of coffee in our hands each morning so it also shows up in the hands of our cartoon selves. Puffy comic faces and never-enough-coffee. Sleep deprivation and coffee desperation make for good humor.

Coffee has always been central to our story. Before we met, the subject line of our daily emails was cuppajava. We wrote our cuppajava for months. Eventually, we called our combined catalogue of cuppajava The Roadtrip. With coffee in hand, we wrote truth-fests. Confessions. We asked questions and told secrets and laughed at foibles – all over a cup of coffee shared fifteen hundred miles apart. On my birthday, months before we met, a package arrived at my studio with a pound of Sumatra and a coffee mug stenciled with our shared middle-name (we have the same middle name). After months of correspondence, when we finally met, Kerri picked me up from the airport and had a cup of coffee waiting in the car.

Coffee is more than a casual player in our story. That’s especially true now that we are nearly a decade into our tale and have taken several actual road trips and written over a million words sitting side-by-side.

If we come to stay at your house, don’t be offended if we bring our own coffeemaker and coffee. We are coffee snobs, it’s true, but there’s more to our quirk than meets the eye. My old studio coffeemaker, the one that brewed my cuppajava, goes everywhere with us. It’s raspy and gasps the entire time that it’s brewing, but, somehow, all these years later, it continues to deliver coffee for our chats. Like us, it’s not pretty but it perseveres.

read Kerri’s blog post about COFFEE

2 Responses

  1. It’s HOT? Where the heck ARE you guys? It’s a whole 16 frigid, blowing-snow degrees in this state next door to where you usually are! Note to Self: Must add Sumatra to the M&Ms and Twizzlers in the Earls Of Kenosha’s road-trip kit next time…. Pre-ground or travel with your own grinder too? Went to Boundary Waters, of all places, with one of those beans-only coffee snobs and his hand grinder once. 🙄

    • I’m so glad you are taking notes for our future care packages. It’s why we write;-) We made a quick run to the mountains of North Carolina to hike in something other than snow. I suppose, by this post, you noticed that we haul around a small coffee maker and there’s also a grinder in the bag…we’re flexible in our snobbery, though. As long as there’s coffee as the end result, we’re not particular. Happy New Year (almost)!

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