We all know that I’m a coffee fiend. Recently, I asked readers to tell me their favorite hot beverage. You know. The one they curl up with when they’re reading a great book. Because I always have a drink nearby, and I figured my readers do, too.
Turns out that was a good guess. More than 80% of the readers who responded to my question said their favorite beverage was black coffee. (Which, incidentally, is my favorite, too.) The remaining 20% enjoyed coffee with cream or sugar or both, tea, hot chocolate, and a variety of other beverages (some with alcohol and some without). (I talked about reader preferences here: https://dianecapri.com/2022/01/coffee-how-do-you-love-it/ )
I write a series of mystery/thrillers featuring FBI Special Agent Kim Otto, who is a black coffee fiend. So is the man she’s trying to find, Jack Reacher.
Which made me wonder…Is there a particular reason some of us love coffee so much? And of course, science has looked at this and the answer seems to be YES! It’s all about our genes. We sort of saw that one coming, didn’t we?
A recent article in The Washington Post reports “People with a genetic marker associated with higher sensitivity to caffeine’s effects reported less liking for the flavor of both sweetened and unsweetened coffee.”
So there you have it. Kim Otto, Jack Reacher, Me, and about 80% of you seem to have a genetic predisposition to black coffee and dark chocolate. Pretty soon, I suspect we’ll see another one of my favorite things added to this list. Red wine.
If you’d like to try my Hunt for Jack Reacher Series, you can find a list of those book with convenient links to buy here: https://dianecapri.com/books/hunt-jack-reacher-series/
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