It’s no secret that caffeine is a major food group for writers, and my favourite source is
chocolate tea. The current contents of my tea cupboard:
organized in descending order of caffeine content, because the scientist in me likes to classify things. Which comes in handy when I’ve got a guest for tea. Rather than overwhelming company with the full spectrum of choice, I use my very own dichotomous key.
Dichotomous keys are a series of paired alternatives that scientists use to classify and identify living things – by sequentially choosing between each set of options, you can clearly identify a species, even if you’ve never seen one of its members before. Or, in this case, arrive at the perfect cup of tea for any occasion. Here’s an example of how it works, with choices in blue:
1a. Caffinated. Go to 2.
1b. Decaffinated. Go to 3.
2a. Black. Go to 4.
2b. Green. Go to 5.
4a. Black with fruit-flavour. Go to 6.
4b. Black without fruit flavour. Go to 7.
7a. Earl Grey.
But Lindsey, you’re saying, what if I want coffee? If that’s the case, you may need to start the key in someone else’s house…
What’s your favourite source of caffeine? Does your tea cupboard overflow like mine does? Have you ever used a real dichotomous key?
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