Kate Larson

My day job is being a writer. I just moved here from Washington D.C., where I worked at a small nonprofit for K-8 science education. I’m looking for opportunities in Madison—although I have a special place in my heart for nonprofits, I’m open to for-profits too!

 My most memorable caffeine is my annual tradition of picking a Saturday in December to write my holiday cards. I go to a coffee shop that has nice big chairs and a fireplace, order something decadent—preferably with chocolate and/or mint—and get to work!

 My current caffeine of choice is a plain dark roast for “everyday” and a chai latte if I’m going fancy.

My favorite place for caffeine in Madison is Colectivo on the Square. From my past life I’d pick Tryst in Washington D.C. It has these great accordion doors that they open when the weather is nice and you always have to share your table or couch with a stranger, which keeps things interesting. They have excellent Cuban coffee, although you have to go to Miami to get the authentic version! It’s a blend of an espresso-like coffee with a sugar syrup stirred in. It’s strong and sweet!

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I don’t think I’d even talk—I’d just listen! She’s sassy and smart and she keeps the rest of the Supreme Court in line. (And a happy belated 83rd birthday to you, Ruth!).

 World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: Making Congress work again. Maybe the right amount of caffeine could make them civil!