Working? What you want on the desk or tabletop isn’t an attempt to reproduce the perfect macchiato or ristretto. That stuff in the huge mug? It’s a great warm bath of instant coffee. Perfect.
A dessert-spoonful of the granules. A slosh of milk and boiling water, and the black scum rises to the surface and slowly dissolves. Writers like their rituals, and almost always, as I carry the mug from the kitchen to the dining table I write on, the first sentence of the morning takes its form. Is it delicious? I really don’t know – you might as well ask the same thing about toothpaste. It’s just a daily presence, and if you ever laid off it, you’d certainly miss it and look forward to its return."