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Espresso Yourself: 175 Coffee Quotes and Captions

Explore a collection of coffee quotes that offers more than a nod to our beloved morning beverage. These sayings provide insights into life, creativity, and the joy found in a simple cup of coffee. Whether browsing through the list as you sip your morning brew or searching for the perfect caption for your latest latte art, these thoughtful musings will enrich your coffee experience.

Ah, coffee – the superhero of our mornings and the fuel that we need to tackle our endless to-do lists. Whether you’re a die-hard coffee lover who wouldn’t dream of starting the day without a steaming cup of your favorite brew or you prefer the smoother, cooler caffeine fix of cold brew or an iced latte, we all share a bond over this beloved beverage. It’s the first thing we reach for in the morning, the fuel for our late-night projects, and sometimes, the only thing that seems to understand us.

Why do we love coffee so much? Maybe it’s the comfort of holding a warm mug on a chilly morning or the ritual of grinding beans and brewing a pot that feels like a meditative practice. Or perhaps it’s the simple joy of finding the perfect coffee quote that speaks to our soul (and our Instagram feed). These witty, heartwarming, and just plain true coffee quotes capture the essence of our obsession. Because a day without coffee is like … just kidding, I have no idea!

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Coffee quote by Jackie Chan.

Coffee Quotes That Make You Think

Explore a collection of coffee quotes that offer more than a nod to our beloved morning beverage. These sayings provide insights into life, creativity, and the joy found in a simple cup of coffee. From witty remarks to profound reflections, each quote captures the unique place that coffee occupies in our lives and cultures. Whether enjoying your morning brew or pausing for a coffee break, these thoughtful musings will enrich your coffee experience.

“Coffee is a language in itself.” 
— Jackie Chan, actor and director

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” 
— T.S. Eliot, poet and essayist

“Coffee is a beverage that puts one to sleep when not drank.” 
— Alphonse Allais, French writer, journalist, and humorist

“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.” 
— Terry Pratchett, author and humorist

“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.” 
— Louisa May Alcott, American novelist and short story writer

“In movies, you have a production assistant carrying your chair around and getting you coffee. In theater, no one carries your chair, no one gets you your coffee, there’s no craft service, there’s no per diem. The only thing that is provided for you is coffee, tea, sugar and milk. It doesn’t matter how big a star you are or whatever.”
— Rosie Perez, American actress and choreographer 

“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” 
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American writer

Quote about coffee smellng like freshly ground heaven.

“The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee, and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.”
— John D. Rockefeller, American business magnate and philanthropist

“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.” 
— Jessi Lane Adams, author

“It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.”
— Zora Neale Hurston, American author

“I can’t imagine a day without coffee. I can’t imagine!” 
— Howard Schultz, American businessman and former CEO of Starbucks

“No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.”
— Sheik Abd al-Kabir

“I like cappuccino, actually. But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.”
— David Lynch, American filmmaker and painter

“Adventure in life is good. Consistency in coffee even better.” 
— Justina Chen Headley, Taiwanese-American fiction writer

“The ordinary-sized stuff which is our lives, the things people write poetry about — clouds, daffodils, waterfalls, what happens in a cup of coffee when the cream goes in — these things are full of mystery, as mysterious to us as the heavens were to the Greeks.”
— Tom Stoppard, playwright and screenwriter

Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh about good communication being as stimulating as black coffee.

“There’s nothing sweeter than a cup of bitter coffee.”
— Rian Aditia, author

“The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drinks.” 
— Sir James MacKintosh, Scottish politician

“Cocaine is like really evil coffee.” 
— Courtney Love, American singer and guitarist

“I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad.”
— Josephine Baker, America-born French dancer and singer

“Politics now is rather like going into Starbucks for a coffee.” 
— Rory Bremner, impressionist and comedian

“Cigarettes and coffee: an alcoholic’s best friend!”
— Gerard Way, American singer-songwriter

“Coffee and smoking are the last great addictions.”
— Lara Flynn Boyle, American actress

Quote about coffee and smoking being the last great addictions.

“The first cup is for the guest, the second for enjoyment, the third for the sword.” 
— Old Arabic Saying

“I judge a restaurant by the bread and by the coffee.” 
— Burt Lancaster, American actor and film producer

“If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.” 
— Mae West, American actress and singer

“Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.” 
— Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft

“What do you want? Just Coffee. Black–like my soul.” 
— Cassandra Clare, American writer

“A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.” 
— Paul Erdos, Hungarian mathematician

“I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, ‘Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.'” 
— Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor and comedian

Quote by Bill Gates about leaving the coffee shop for work.

“Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?” 
— Jean Kerr, American author and playwright

“After a few months’ acquaintance with European ‘coffee’ one’s mind weakens, and his faith with it, and he begins to wonder if the rich beverage of home, with its clotted layer of yellow cream on top of it, is not a mere dream after all, and a thing which never existed.”
— Mark Twain, American writer and humorist

“Coffee which makes the politician wise, and see through all things with his half-shut eyes.”
— Alexander Pope, English poet and translator

“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” 
— Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French secularized clergyman, statesman, and leading diplomat

“Coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philosophical.”
— Jonathon Swift, Irish satirist and author

“I like my coffee with cream and my literature with optimism.” 
— Abigail Reynolds, American author and physician

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
— Albert Camus, French philosopher and author

“The best maxim I know in this life is, to drink your coffee when you can, and when you cannot, to be easy without it.” 
— Jonathon Swift, Irish satirist and author

“Never trust anyone who doesn’t drink coffee.”
— A.J. Lee (also known as April Jeanette Mendez), an American author, screenwriter, and retired professional wrestler

Quote about waking up and smelling coffee.

Morning Coffee Quotes

Embrace the new day with these coffee quotes that capture the essence of our favorite morning ritual. From the bliss of the first sip to the warmth of a mug cradled in your hands, these quotes remind us why mornings and coffee are a match made in heaven.

“Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.” 
— Terri Guillemets, quotation anthologist

“Without my morning coffee, I’m just like a dried-up piece of roast goat.” 
— Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer and musician

“Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep.”
— Fran Drescher, American actress and comedian

“Are you the person who just wakes up, puts your T-shirt on and runs out of the house? Or do you wake up an hour early – get your mental notes together, fix you a little coffee… prepare yourself for the day and try to do something really great? It begins with you.”
— Rick Ross, American rapper

“My perfect morning is spent drinking coffee, eating porridge and reading the paper at a local cafe.”
— Anton du Beke, ballroom dancer and author

Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.

“When I wake up in the morning, I just can’t get started until I’ve had that first, piping hot pot of coffee.”
— Emo Philips, American actor and comedian

“I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.”
— Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President

“That’s something that annoys the hell out of me—I mean if somebody says the coffee’s all ready and it isn’t.” 
— J.D. Salinger, American author

“Why, yes, I could start my day without coffee. But I like being able to remember things like how to say words and put on pants.” 
— Nanea Hoffman, writer, dreamer, and coffee lover

“I’ll quit coffee. It won’t be easy drinking my Bailey’s straight, but I’ll get used to it. It’ll still be the best part of waking up.” 
— Megan Mullally, American actress and singer

A man preparing an espresso.

Funny Coffee Quotes

These quotes capture the lighter side of our caffeine addiction. Whether you’re a barista, a coffee snob, or someone who just needs that morning cup to function, these quotes are sure to perk up your day.

“If it wasn’t for coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality at all.” 
— David Letterman, American television host and comedian

“Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.” 
— Earl Wilson 

“I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.”
— Lewis Black, comedian

“They said I could be anything, so I decided to be caffeinated!” 
— Lizzie Chantree, author

Seattle has unleashed this weird phenomenon on the world called the coffee shop. And the coffee shop, thanks to Starbucks, is the place where socially isolated, lonely, needy people gather together to ignore one another.”
— Mark Driscoll, American author

“Wine is for aging. Not coffee.” 
— Ken Hutchinson, Scottish actor

“Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, ‘Jesus! This cup is expensive!'”
— Conan O’Brien, American television host and comedian

Coffee quote by Laurell K. Hamilton calling cffeine and sugar the two basic food groups.

“The more complicated the order, the bigger the a–hole. If you walk into a Starbucks and order a ‘decaf grande half soy half low-fat iced vanilla double-shot gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one Sweet ‘n Low and one Nutra Sweet… Ooooh, you are a huge a–hole.” 
— George Carlin, American comedian and actor

“Decaffeinated coffee is kind of like kissing your sister.”
— Bob Irwin, Australian conservationist and TV personality

“I like instant gratification. It’s like instant coffee, only it won’t keep you up all night.”
— Jarod Kintz

“Caffeine and sugar—the two basic food groups.” 
— Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer

“I gave up coffee. It’s almost worse than giving up a lover.” 
— Sandra Bullock, American actress and film producer

“Coffee in England is just toasted milk.” 
— Christopher Fry, English poet and playwright

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” 
— Dave Barry, American author

What goes best with a cup of coffee another cup?

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” 
— Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President

“I could serve coffee using my rear as a ledge.” 
— Jennifer Lopez, American singer and actress

“Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?” 
— Steven Wright, American comedian and actor

“Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline—the first often tasting like the second.” 
— Edward Abbey, American author and essayist

“What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.” 
— Henry Rollins, American singer and writer

“I think if I were a woman I’d wear coffee as a perfume.”
— John Van Druten, playwright and theater director

“I like my coffee like I like myself: strong, sweet, and too hot for you.” 
— Jac Vanek, fashion and music influencer and entrepreneur

A woman is pouring coffee into a cup with a quote on it.

“Compared to Clinton, I feel like a loser. I can’t even get the intern to make me coffee!” 
— David Letterman, American television host and comedian

“No matter what historians claimed, BC really stood for ‘Before Coffee.'” 
— Cherise Sinclair, author

“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.” 
— Flash Rosenberg, Guggenheim Fellow in the creative arts

“We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.” 
— Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian and actor

“I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time.” 
— Steven Wright, American comedian and actor

Coffee quote by Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory.

TV and Movie Quotes About Coffee

Lights, camera, coffee! These memorable television and movie quotes about coffee remind us of the role that our favorite brew plays on the big screen. From comedic quips to heartfelt moments over a cup, coffee is indeed a star in its own right.

“You make good coffee… You’re a slob, but you make good coffee.” 
— Cher as Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck

“I’m sorry, coffee’s out of the question. When I moved to California I promised my mother that I wouldn’t start doing drugs.”
— Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper in Big Bang Theory

“Oh, I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, and I stop doing the standing, walking, and words putting into sentence doing.”
— Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls

“I like my coffee strong. Not lethal.” 
— Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman T. Potter in M*A*S*H

“Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.”
— David Harbour as Jim Hopper in Stranger Things

“What is this demilitarized zone? Whatever it is, I like it! Gets you on your toes better than a strong cup of cappuccino.”
— Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning Vietnam

Josephine Baker cream and coffee quote.

Inspirational Quotes About Coffee

Let these inspirational coffee quotes awaken your spirit along with your senses. A good cup of coffee reminds us of its power to make any day better.

“Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world.” 
— Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President

“He was my cream, and I was his coffee. And when you poured us together, it was something.” 
— Josephine Baker, America-born French dancer and singer

“Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility.”
— Sheik-Abd-al-Kadir

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
— Cassandra Clare, American writer

“When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.” 
— Helen Hayes, American actress

“Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy.”
— Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican actress and dancer

“Coffee first. Schemes later.”
— Leanna Renee Hieber, author

Smell the roses smell the coffee whatever it is that makes you happy.

“A 41-inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee–a lot more.” 
— Jayne Mansfield, American actress and singer

“I am a coffee fanatic. Once you go to proper coffee, you can’t go back. You cannot go back.” 
— Hugh Laurie, actor and comedian

“Coffee connects us in so many ways–to each other, to our senses, and to the earth that supports the coffee trees.” 
— Rohan Marley, Jamaican entrepreneur

“I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee.”
— Terri Guillemets, quotation anthologist

“In Seattle, you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.”
— Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon

“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.”
— Hugh Jackman, Australian actor

“I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor

The smell of fresh made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.

“My dream is to have a house on the beach, even just a little shack somewhere so I can wake up, have coffee, look at dolphins, be quiet and breathe the air.”
— Christina Applegate, American actress

“Like most of the world’s population I’m into coffee, but in a properly big and important way. My perfect weekend would start with a pint of coffee.” 
— Jimmy Carr, British-Irish comedian and presenter

“We busy ladies need our coffee fix in the morning. My day doesn’t really start until I’ve had my Starbucks latte.”
— Heidi Klum, German-American model and television host

“I drink coffee. Without coffee, I probably couldn’t write.” 
— Jonathon Ames, American author

“I’d have coffee, sometimes six cups, along with the shake, and I’d have sugar in my coffee. By then I would be pretty jazzed up, and I’d start writing down ideas.” 
— David Lynch, American filmmaker and painter

“I’m not one of those people who wakes up and thinks, ‘Bring on the day!’ I have to have about seven pints of coffee before I’m even remotely awake.” 
— Stacey London, American consultant and author

 “Coffee, the finest organic suspension ever devised.” 
— Captain Janeway, captain of the Starfleet starship USS Voyager

Coffee creative lighter fluid.

“Coffee is a big part of my life.” 
— Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter

“Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.” 
— Gertrude Stein, American novelist and poet

“Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.” 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist

“If I could just find one person who I felt that way about—the way I feel about coffee—then I think I’d be in a content relationship.” 
— Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter

“It’s amazing how the world begins to change through the eyes of a cup of coffee.” 
— Donna A. Favors

“Coffee—creative lighter fluid.” 
— Floyd Maxwell

“The coffee is prepared in such a way that it makes those who drink it witty. At least there is not a single soul who, on quitting the house, does not believe himself four times wittier than when he entered it.” 
— Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

Coffee smells like magic and fairy tales.

“To an old man, a cup of coffee is like the door post of an old house—it sustains and strengthens him.” 
— Old Bourbon Proverb

“I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.” 
— Clark Gable, American film actor

“In New York I pretty much live in diners. I order French fries, Diet Coke floats, and lots of coffee.”
— Lana Del Rey, American singer-songwriter

“I make a mean cup of coffee, if you give me the right ingredients.”
— Ice Cube, American rapper and songwriter

“Coffee smells like magic and fairy tales.” 
—Allison Czarnecki, writer, stylist, and entrepreneur

“I was taken by the power that savoring a simple cup of coffee can have to connect people and create community.” 
— Howard Schultz, American businessman and former CEO of Starbucks

A woman holding up a smartphone with a screen of coffee quotes on it.

Short Coffee Captions for Instagram

Need the perfect caption for your coffee-fueled Instagram post? I’ve got you covered! These short and sweet coffee captions are just the right blend of witty and warm, ideal for accompanying your latte art or morning mug shot.

  • A bad day with coffee is better than a good day without it
  • A good day starts with a great cup of coffee
  • A hug in a mug
  • A latte a day keeps the doctor away
  • A morning without coffee is like sleep
  • A yawn is a silent scream for coffee
  • All you need is love and coffee
  • Another day, another cup of coffee
  • Anytime is coffee time
  • Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee
  • But first, coffee
  • Coffee: The WD-40 of adulthood
  • Coffee — because adulting is hard
  • Coffee — because murder is wrong
  • Coffee and chocolate make everything better
  • Coffee and sunshine
  • Coffee brings people together
  • Coffee helps me maintain my sunny personality
  • Coffee in one hand, confidence in the other
  • Coffee is a cup of hope in a world full of chaos and Mondays
  • Coffee is always a good idea
  • Coffee is my love language
  • Coffee is my therapy
  • Coffee is the answer — who cares what the question is?
  • Coffee is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy
  • Coffee keeps me going until it’s time to stop
  • Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love
  • Coffee: The other vitamin C
  • Decaf coffee only works if you throw it at people
  • Deja brew: The feeling you’ve been to this coffee shop before
  • Don’t you wish your coffee was hot like me?
  • Drink coffee: do stupid things faster with more energy
A cup of coffee with the words in a relationship with coffee.
  • Espresso yourself
  • Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll have another cup of coffee.
  • Forever: The time it takes to brew the first cup of coffee each morning
  • Fueled by coffee
  • Given enough coffee, I could rule the world
  • Good friends + great coffee = the perfect blend 
  • Hakuna Ma’Coffee
  • Happiness in a cup
  • Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book
  • How do you take your coffee?
  • How you brewin’?
  • I’m strong, but I still need my daily coffee
  • I don’t care what the question is, coffee is the answer
  • I don’t have a coffee problem, I have a problem without it
  • I don’t know what I’d do without coffee, but I’m guessing 25 years to life
  • I just really love coffee, okay?
  • I like big cups and I cannot lie
  • I like coffee more than most people
  • I love the smell of fresh coffee in the morning
  • I’m a coffee person
  • I need coffee like I need air
  • I run on coffee and dreams
  • I want someone to love me the way I love coffee
  • Iced coffee is better than no coffee
  • If you are not coffee, chocolate, or bacon, I’m going to need you to go away
  • In a relationship with coffee
A woman holding a cup of coffee with the text a morning without coffee is like sleep.
  • Keep calm and drink coffee
  • Life begins after coffee
  • Life happens — coffee helps
  • Life’s too short for bad coffee
  • Life without coffee is like … something without something — sorry, I haven’t had my coffee yet!
  • Love is in the air — and it smells like coffee!
  • May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short
  • Maybe coffee is addicted to me?
  • My birthstone is a coffee bean
  • My coffee machine is the most beautiful person in the world to me
  • Not all who wander are lost, some are just looking for coffee
  • Not until I’ve had my coffee
  • Rise and grind!
  • Roses are red, mornings are hard. I suck at poetry. Coffee.
  • Seven days without coffee makes one weak
  • Sometimes I go hours without coffee — it’s called sleeping
  • Support your local caffeine dealers
  • The best part of waking up
  • The road to success is paved with coffee cups
  • There’s no wrong time for a good cup of coffee
  • To drink is human. To drink coffee is divine.
  • Today’s good mood is brought to you by coffee!
  • With good friends and strong coffee, anything is possible
  • You can’t be depresso when you’ve got espresso
  • You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy coffee — and that’s almost the same thing

What’s Your Favorite Coffee Quote or Caption?

What coffee quote or caption on this list resonated most with you? Is one of your favorites missing from this list? Share your favorite coffee quotes, moments, or even your secret to the perfect brew in the comments below.

Thank you for sharing!

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1 thought on “Espresso Yourself: 175 Coffee Quotes and Captions”

  1. It was so much fun reading all of these quotes and seeing the names associated with many of them. We do love our coffee!!!!!

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