Coffee-themed poems for coffee lovers

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Writing poems is one of my many hobbies. I don’t claim quality, but I love to write them.

As you will see, coffee is a central part of each of the following poems. Some are light, others less. Everything is written by me.



Home for the weekend

I unpacked a new French press
and opened a bag of fresh soil
Ethiopian coffee Yirgacheffe,
show new ways to
my old parents, for the greatest pleasure
of my mother and the back of
my father, who was standing by the stove,
heat some milk for the moment Nescafé.

As I argued over the kettle,
explain the importance
of the water temperature, a
a nicer part of me has stopped,
love the smell of my father
instant coffee, remembering the
sips he allowed me as a child
when my mom wasn’t looking.

My forgotten Yirgacheffe, I
smiled and breathed in the memories
from a childhood in the stove.

© Nick Usborne


So we changed the beans from

its single origin coffee
with some cheap beans from
the corner store. Our beans
in his bag, his fancy beans

And sneered in our cereal
when he got down and oohed
and aarghed on the aroma and
taste profile of its first cup.

Can we get a taste? We asked

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No way, he said. Use yours
shit beans and leave mine alone.

So we made it and brewed our pot
in our usual relaxed way.

And I was surprised to find that
his fancy beans were really a
much better.

© Nick Usborne

Coffee and poetry booksSome of my favorite poetry books. With coffee, of course …


After stopping for a latte

at Chez Gerard in Chapelle-sure-Loire,
our bikes were leaning against the
freshly cleaned window, we caught the
coffee bug and bought half a kilo in
a brown paper bag.

Later in our tent in the woods, by a
stream, we wondered how to do
our beer.

Damn he said we should have
bought filters and a cone or

But there were 18 of us and determined,
and not yet educated in the finest
hygiene points.

So we boiled the stream water
and filtered the coffee through
the cleanest sock we can find.
Mine, I think, because he’s still famous
for the pong of his feet

As for the coffee, I know we drank it,
but i don’t remember honestly
whether good or bad.

Not that it matters, because I still hold the
memory of that soaked, filled with coffee
sock, and how we laughed
silly as we rinsed it off in the creek.

© Nick Usborne

Poetry book with iced coffee in glassPoetry and iced coffee on a hot summer day. About as good as it gets!


three sips in advance

sunrise and me
overturn everything,

see my coffee
splash through
the horizon,

hear the whistle
of dawn

and the brief sigh
of another lost day.

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© nick usborne


I suddenly felt uncomfortable,

with my cappuccino and my carrot
cake catch a glimpse of the
homeless, tight and angry lady
in his corner with a cup of
black coffee.

And she looked at me
at my ease and my time easy.

She measured her own time by the
sip, under the waitress’s eyes,
to the last cold and cold drop
look, before going home
in the snow.

As the door closed behind her,
the waitress caught my eye,
as in shared relief.

But all I felt was shame.

© Nick Usborne

Coffee and poetry bookEnjoying a poetry book during brunch at a local cafe.

About the Author: Nick Usborne aka Coffee Detective is a lifelong writer and coffee enthusiast. Find out more …

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