Sunday, December 27, 2009

Coffee, Tea or What?

I seldom sit at my computer or writing desk with a cup of something by my side. Iced tea, iced coffee or the hot versions of either. As I write, my daughter is preparing some chai tea for me in the new tea pot my friend bought me for Christmas. I love hot tea in evening or afternoon when the weather is cold outside. Does any thing beat curling up with a new book in one hand and a hot mug of a favorite brew in the other.

All the big chain bookstores do booming business in their coffee shops with over priced and over fattening drinks. But we buy them anyway. Coffee and books seem to go together.

I've never conducted a poll of my fellow writers but I'd bet many of them have their favorite mug filled with their steaming caffeine of choice on the corner of their desk. How many of them received gifts of new coffee mugs or flavored tea bags for Christmas? How many of them found a gift card to Starbucks in their stocking like I did?

The end of the year, a time for setting goals for the new year, brings cold weather to our part of the world. As I plot my next novel, outline my promotion plans and listen to my new ipod, I'm sipping on my delicious chai tea. Later this evening when I delve into my C.J. Sanson mystery, Sovereign, I change my drink of choice to wine.

How about you? Do you love a particular hot drink or other beverage while writing or reading? Does it change with the seasons?


Margaret M. Fisk said...

I drink coffee, but I converted almost entirely to tea some years back. I like Twinnings Irish Breakfast to start, then switch to Celestial Seasons Bengal Spice, then Celestial Seasons Lemon Zinger most days.

Cate Masters said...

Mm, chai, my favorite! Especially Starbucks latte version. Most days, though, it's plain old black tea. Can't live without it.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love chai and plain, black tea. Bengal Spice sounds interesting, Margaret. I'll have to try it.

Jon Sprunk said...

Coke zero, sometimes with rum.