Years ago, there was a blog that I never read – EXCEPT once a week, when they emailed me something they called “coffee links” (or something like that…). I got to the point where I looked forward to those weekly emails, so much so that I even emailed the blog owner to ask where they were when I didn’t receive them. And if you knew anything about me personally, you’d know that I’m just not that person usually – I never call or email ANYONE unless I absolutely have to.

I was devastated when the blogger stopped posting these little gems. And as someone who knows how difficult it can be to create consistent content in any given pattern, I absolutely understand. But boy, did I miss that series.

So what made it so valuable to me? I’m not sure – it was a curated collection of interesting things from around the internet, and it just resonated with me. I felt like someone had done the work of digging through all the boring stuff to find me the best bits. It felt sort of luxurious if that makes any sense at all. (I’m certain it doesn’t, but I’m leaving it in the post because, well, it’s how it felt!)

I still miss that column today. But it occurred to me recently that  I happen to own a website called Coffee & Culture – and what a perfect place to post coffee links!

So, I’m going to give this a shot – only I’m calling my version “read with coffee” – and I hope it will prove to be as valuable for you as it was for me, back then. When I say “read with coffee” – I mean sit your hiney down for a minute, get a fresh cup of coffee and get ready to read!

Read With Coffee: This Week’s Links

Here are your inaugural coffee links for this week. (Note: I am going to give the “once a week” thing a shot to start with – but hope to go daily once I can round up a bit of help or time, whichever comes first).

Best Coffee Cities, 2018 – I’m really only mildly self-promoting here because this is not my story and I am not technically affiliated with it – but I got an email from an editor who sent me some super interesting information on the best cities to have coffee in this year. (Note: mine was sadly not included, but I suspect it’s because they haven’t been to my place to try my fresh-ground brew – only half joking).

Live Fish Swimming Around Your Feet with Coffee, Anyone? NO, I’m not kidding. This is a Facebook video – but it’s also a real thing. Apparently, there’s this coffee shop that has fish-filled ponds instead of floors. You take off your shoes and socks and you stand in the water (or sit and dip in your feet). AND they serve coffee? I’m there.

Beyonce Accused of Being an Actual Witch – Once again, not kidding. Beyonce apparently has been accused of extreme witchcraft by her former drummer. I don’t even know what to say about that, but I found myself clicking on it. You too?

Restaurant Gets Lobsters High Before Death – Sigh. You can’t make this stuff up. There’s a restaurant in Maine that literally gives its crustaceans marijuana before killing them because, they say, it’s more humane this way. “I feel bad that when lobsters come here there is no exit strategy,” the owner told the Mount Desert Islander. “It’s a unique place and you get to do such unique things but at the expense of this little creature. I’ve really been trying to figure out how to make it better.”

The Case of the Sexy Handmaid’s (Tale) Costume – Yeah, this happened. There was apparently a “sexy” handmaid’s costume, from the dystopian future drama The Handmaid’s Tale of book and Netflix fame, on Yandy‘s website. But not any longer, thanks to the show’s fans.

So, what do you think? Did you enjoy the links? Have links you want me to add? Send an email to blissfiremedia@gmail.com and share them with me.