A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 28, 2018
“First I drink the coffee. Then I do the things”

"First I drink the coffee. Then I do the things” is a coffee saying that has been printed on many images. “First I drink the coffee then I do the things” was posted on Twitter by كائن السيسو on June 9, 2014. “First I drink the coffee, then I do the things” was posted on Twitter by Karley Fries on April 30, 2015. The saying probably originated on an image.

There is a teacher version of the saying. “I just saw a shirt on Instagram that says ‘First I drink the coffee, then I teach the kids.’ I think I need it for my future” was posted on Twitter by Aubrie Erwin on March 21, 2017. “First I Drink The Coffee Then I Teach First Grade” --a less popular version—was posted on Twitter by Noelle Pohl also on March 21, 2017.

There is a superhero version of the saying. “First, I drink the coffee. Then, I save the world” was posted on Twitter by Captain Marvel THE REGIME on June 29, 2017.

There is a nursing version of the saying. “Excited to share the latest to my #etsy shop: Nurse’s First I drink the coffee then I save the lives pin https://etsy.me/2EEMRoc” was posted on Twitter by MelissaB on April 12, 2018.


Twitter
Richie Von Sexington
@RichieSexington
First I drink the coffee then I toast the crumpet
6:04 AM - 4 Nov 2012

Twitter
كائن السيسو
@sarahwahid
First I drink the coffee then I do the things.
12:13 AM - 9 Jun 2014

Twitter
テレサ
@tgxar
“First I drink the coffee, then I do the thing.”
1:43 PM - 28 Apr 2015

Twitter
Karley Fries 🍟
@karleyisabadass
First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.
12:31 PM - 30 Apr 2015

Twitter
Dwi Puspa Sari
@Dowee_
First I drink the #Coffee , then I do the #Things ☕👌 #CoffeeAndMe @ Coffee and Me ☕👸 https://instagram.com/p/2PfTr4jrDs/
9:44 PM - 3 May 2015

Twitter
IHOP
@IHOP
First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.
10:00 AM - 6 Sep 2015

Google Books
Title First I Drink the Coffee, Then I Do the Things: Best Journal for Coffee Lovers, Journal for Moms and Teachers, Notebook for Women and Men. (Sarcastic, Funny, No Bullshit, Mindful, Irreverent)
Author Agridulce
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016
ISBN 154119781X, 9781541197817
Length 100 pages

Twitter
Noelle Pohl
@mrspohl1
First I Drink The Coffee Then I Teach First Grade
1:09 AM - 21 Mar 2017 from Kansas, USA

Twitter
Aubrie Erwin 👩🏼‍🏫
@AubrieNicole12
I just saw a shirt on Instagram that says “First I drink the coffee, then I teach the kids.” I think I need it for my future. ☕️👩🏼‍🏫
9:40 PM - 21 Mar 2017

Twitter
Captain Marvel THE REGIME
@CarolD_MsMarvel
“First, I drink the coffee. Then, I save the world.”
11:52 AM - 29 Jun 2017

Twitter
Seth ‘Pickles’
@SethPickles
First I drink the coffee, then I teach the tiny humans 📚🤓🍎 https://www.instagram.com/p/BZeA4dTAgI3/
11:26 AM - 25 Sep 2017

Twitter
MelissaB
@sweetesthoneyb
Excited to share the latest to my #etsy shop: Nurse’s First I drink the coffee then I save the lives pin https://etsy.me/2EEMRoc
2:03 AM - 12 Apr 2018

Google Books
Title First I Drink the Coffee Then I Save the Lives: Nurse Journal | Nurse Notebook | Sized, 100 Pages | Nurse Memories, Quotes and Storeis | Nursing Memory Notebook | Nurse Graduation Gift | Nurse Week Gift | Nursing Students Graduates Practitioners
Author Creative Nurse Creative Nurse Journals
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018
ISBN 1717571980, 9781717571984
Length 102 pages

Google Books
Title First I Drink the Coffee Then I Teach the Kids: Funny Teacher Journal
Journals for Teachers Series
Author Heritage Notebooks
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018
ISBN 1720734917, 9781720734918
Length 100 pages

Twitter
Producer Abi
@Producer_Abi
First I drink the coffee, then I do the things #TuesdayMotivation #firstdayback
4:41 AM - 28 Aug 2018

Twitter
RootsWings&TravelThings
@RootsWingsBlog
First I drink the coffee. Then I teach the kids. #homeschoolmama #sendmorecoffee
8:51 AM - 28 Aug 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 • Permalink