My Morning Cup features the coffee rituals that most of us have. People from all walks of life — from US senators to ballplayers, subway drivers to college professors — have submitted entries that will run most days.
Here, we reached Scarlett Sullivan, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown, by e-mail. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is in New England in October, first in Manchester, N.H. (Oct. 1-4), then in Worcester (Oct. 8-12), and Boston (Oct. 14-18).
Scarlett Sullivan, 26
Clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Describe your coffee routine. Where do you frequent, what do you like?
I make my own. I usually like to arrive to work and make it in Clown Alley because we have an hour to put on our makeup, and by the time I finish my first cup of coffee, my makeup is ready and so am I.
Make or buy?
Always, always make your own coffee. That way you can choose the quantity, quality, freshness, and flavor of your coffee. And when it doesn’t meet your caffeine needs, you can blame yourself; not your barista.
If make, what coffee do you use and how do you make it?
I am a HUGE “Chock full o’ Nuts” fan. The secret is to eyeball it. Never measure. That way you are making your coffee from the heart. Pure instincts. Nothing gets you going in the morning like a good measured cup of judgment.
If buy, where? What time? Do baristas know you?
Being that we travel with the show so often, it’s almost impossible to have “your barista.” However my friends, family, and coworkers sure know that I enjoy a “Flat White.”
What’s your order?
How do you take it?
As is, please. Large as you got.
Iced or hot?
Depends on the season. Summer = Iced. Winter = Hot. The spring and fall months are wild card. Anything goes.
Alone or with company?
I love to make a pot of coffee and share it with the rest of the clowns. That way we are all on the same playing field for a nice long 3-show-Saturday.
Where do you drink it? Seated or on the go?
Both, as long as it’s not in costume!
Any simultaneous noncaffeinated stimulation?
Coffee is coffee. Nothing better. Occasionally we will bust out the espresso machine. But that usually calls for desperate measures.
How many more cups the rest of the day?
Other than the first of the morning, it depends on how strong I make it. Normally two or three cups a day. Just to give ya a solid answer.
What time will you drink your last cup?
8:30 p.m. is always my limit. I’ll be up allllll night planning out my next day and then end up tired and accomplishing nothing the next day because I’m tired.
What’s your stance on decaf?
No, and thank you.
When and why did you start drinking coffee?
I started drinking coffee when I started high school. I had to catch the bus every day at 7 a.m. To me that seems pretty impossible without a cup of coffee.
Describe the most memorable cup of coffee you’ve ever had.
The cup of coffee I accidentally knocked off some girl’s desk in early modern history class, directly into her purse.
It was white. I felt awful. I definitely bought her a new one. Oops.To submit your own My Morning Cup entry, e-mail Matt Viser at firstname.lastname@example.org.