The Coffee Break

NOTICE: Due to a whole lot of reasons (see below), I’ve changed the way I’m running the Coffee Break. I’m still having caffeinated beverages on the regular, and I’d still love to have someone to chat with while I do that. Want to grab a coffee? Schedule your time below!

In a time of social distancing, shelter in place, and work from home, I often find myself thinking some of the following thoughts.

  • “I’m not sure I’ve blinked in the past 15 minutes”
  • “Have I said any words today? Out loud?”
  • “Can I please look at another human being that doesn’t live here!?!”
  • “Hmmmmmmmmm … coffee”

To that end, I have opened up my schedule to have brief (15-30m) coffee breaks with anyone who needs one.


As much as I’d like to say “Any time!” – there is still work to be done. The schedule buttons will let you grab up to 30m with me. This will schedule a Zoom call and add it to my calendar. Easy Peasy.

Rules of the House

  • It’s a coffee break. From work. That’s the vibe.
  • No soliciting If you are looking for a way to promote your blog/app/thing or sell someone a service or whatever, host your own meeting. It’s a 15 minute coffee break. Don’t make it weird.


So … what is this now?
A very low key, completely unorganized opportunity to take a 15-30 minute break, grab a beverage of your choice, and talk to a human being that isn’t stuck in the same building with you for days and days. I’d like to stress: low key, unorganized, and 15-30 minutes.

I don’t like coffee
I feel sorry for you, but that’s OK! Bring your beverage of choice! Or don’t! Bring a snack! It’s really not about what you may or may not be digesting on the chat.

What’s the end game here?
I’m just looking for ways to stay sane. Not trying to build a community or get you to sign up for anything.

Can I invite all of my friends?
Yes? But might I suggest that if you have that many friends that want to do something like this, YOU CAN HOST A COFFEE BREAK! You can get a free online meeting with Google Meet or Zoom. (Free versions have some limitations. Zoom will cut you off after 40 minutes … but it’s a coffee break, not a power lunch)