Are you a coffee person, or a tea person?
I’m both, honestly. Â I love coffee for its delicious darkness (especially when it’s really strong, the way my husband makes it). Â It is the fuel that gets me going in the morning, the brew that gets me out of the murkiness of sleep and into some semblance of focused coherence. Â And there are times when I’ll drink it in the evening, too. Â On those rare occasions when Scott and I escape for a dinner date, there is nothing like a nice decaf cappuccino to round out the meal.
But for the most part, if it’s not the morning, then I’m drinking tea. Â Â This is especially true when I’m writing. Â There is just something about a cup of tea, its steam rising up like incense, that gets my creativity going. Â Perhaps this is because drinking tea is, by its very nature, a slow and meditative process; you have to sip it, not gulp it, and that leisurely pace is very conductive to writing. Perhaps it’s because I associate tea with the English authors I’ve loved ever since I was a child, when I devouredÂ The Secret Garden and the books of Noel Streatfeild. Â Tea has an emotional resonance for me, reminding me of those stories where characters routinely stopped for the afternoon ritual around the pot. Â And there is something innately soothing about dunking a teabag in a cup of hot water, seeing the dark flavor spread like ink. Â It’s very familiar, but still beautiful.
So what about you? Â Are you a coffee person, a tea person, or a hybrid like me? Is there some other beverage that fuels your creativity or your quiet hours?