Coffee Withdrawal at ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)

Coffee withdrawal at ACFW

By Deb Keiser

I stood on the platform waiting for my train into Chicago yesterday morning and glanced down at my iPhone. Like most of the commuters our faces were turned toward something to read—a newspaper, book, or an electronic device. Hardly anyone talks first thing in the morning. Not enough coffee yet.

I read this hysterically funny email string of comments about coffee makers at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference which runs September 22-25 officially, but many participants are arriving on Wednesday.

Anyway, it appears that there will not be coffee makers in the rooms at the convention hotel, the Hyatt. It was so hard for me to believe that a reputable national hotel chain would not know that coffee is one of the nation’s staples. It is like soap—everyone needs it.  I had to call to discover for myself if it was true—and it is! “No coffee makers in the rooms, for green reasons.” The desk clerk told me when I called the hotel. Sounds fishy to me . . . next thing you know caffeine addicts will be escorted outside to drink coffee and forced to join the smokers on the street. I can just see us huddled together in the dead of winter on the sidewalks of Chicago.

No less than 16 people commented on the hardship of going without coffee first thing in the morning. I think that was the longest email string sent from the ACFW conference. Christian fiction writers definitely have their priorities. Coffee first then everything else.

I totally get it. In an attempt to give up coffee, I’ve been drinking tea first thing in the morning since December 2010, nine . . .  long . . . months. Drinking tea at work, too. But I’ve been “treating” myself to Starbucks lattes with an ever increasing frequency. I’m now a Starbucks Gold Card member. Good for Starbucks but bad for my pocketbook.  

I finally broke down and bought an espresso maker. After tallying up all I have spent on lattes in a given month, I decided that it was time to stop the bleeding. I checked on-line for the best price, make and model, but in the end I drove to the nearest Kohl’s and bought one for 50% off. I was so proud of myself—it cost less than a month-of-lattes.

In the end I failed to give up coffee. But I’m back in sync with my people—Caffeinated Christians for Fiction. Think that American Christian Fiction Writers would change the name?

Tonight I rest assured that on Thursday there will be coffee served on the plane to St. Louis bound for the ACFW (or the new CCFF?) conference. See you in St. Louie!

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    • Jeane Wynn
    • September 21st, 2011

    Might have a little to do with that big Ole Starbucks in the lobby!

  1. Love your comments. Here is adding a few…..

    1. Many years of attending educational seminars housing over 5,000 attendees at a Four Seasons conference center, we never had coffee in the rooms. Water, yes. Coffee,no. That was available at the “cafe” and kiosk’s strategically placed when they KNEW we had breaks in our schedules. (Kiosk coffee was not available during”‘meal time.” Only genuine cafe coffee then.)
    2. Coffee was available at the rate-to-beat-all hotel rates. Don’t forget to grab a Danish while you’re paying your pure gold for that pure caffeine. (Shots of caffeine needed to stay warm in cold rooms and to stay awake whilst learning all that stuff we so needed to learn.)
    3. Air plane coffee? You’ve got to be kidding. The cups look like 5 oz. cups, hold about 4 oz. in order not to splash, and the taste leaves much to the imagination. Stick with juice, water, or good old Coke.

  2. hi, that’s a overnice instal. There is several mistakes but the water is here.

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