Sunday, March 11, 2007

Calling all Coffee Junkies!

Continuing the PW Northwest trend today to discuss one of the favorite pastimes of Seattlites everywhere...drinking coffee. I read that Seattle has the largest number of coffee shops per capita and I totally believe that. Every corner in the city has a Starbucks, a Seattle's Best Coffee, a Tullys, or an independent coffee shop. I love all of them :)

There's something about sitting in a cozy coffee shop, steaming white chocolate mocha in hand warming up from a drizzly day that befall us Seattlites nearly half the year. On a Saturday night, you'll find the all-night Starbucks almost as packed as Tiki Joe's bar.

For us, a coffee shop isn't just a place we go to to get a cuppa joe. A visit to the corner coffee shop is where we go to meet friends, people-watch, write novels, read novels, get in quiet-alone time, and best of all try a huge variety of yummy and calorie filled drinks!

Some of my favorite coffee shops and drinks of choice:

Kahilli Coffee - this Kirkland-waterfront staple is where I wind up writing 2/3 of every novel. Something about the fireplace, the bustle of people coming in, the free WiFi and out and of course the White Chocolate Macadamia-Hazelnut Mochas and the Tahitian vanilla teas keeps me coming back every weekend.

TerraBite - This is the first of it's kind for the Kirkland area. A Pay-What-You-Want coffee shop. You go in, order from a variety of mochas and lattes from the menu, you pay exactly what you want into a donation box. My order of choice is a Sugar Daddy. I don't know what's in it, but damn is it good!

Sureshot - This U-Washington hole-in-the-wall was introducted to me by one of my good student friends. They have an amazing concept of "white coffee". Coffee beans that are roasted and ground in a way that allows them to carry MORE caffeine with less acidity. A White Coffee White Angel (White chocolate plus coconut) is pure heaven.

What about you guys? Any coffee junkies out there?
Currently I'm reading VENUS ENVY by my good friend Shannon McKelden. Love Venus and love Hannah!

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TinaFerraro said...

Dona, I'm definitely a coffee junkie, and I sure enjoyed reading about these speciality drinks. And I totally defer to you guys in the Pacific Northwest to set the coffee trends.

Shannon's a sweetie, and I have her book in my TBR pile!

Dona Sarkar-Mishra said...

I finished reading VENUS ENVY in one sitting today :) I really liked the story. Shannon has a great way to mixing prose with dialogue and making the book a really fast read. I found myself flipping pages faster and faster towards the end.

Next week is PROM DRESS week Tina! Woo hoo! I wish you were doing a signing up here on the West Coast :( Oh well, I'm going to get your book on Tuesday anyway :)

stephhale said...

I hate to admit it, but I don't drink coffee. It's almost embarrassing. Sometimes I'll get a hot chocolate in a coffee cup just so I can fit in. I love the smell of coffee just not the taste. :)

Shannon McKelden said...

Well, wasn't this blog a nice surprise today?! Thanks for the kind words, Dona! (And Tina!) You guys rock!

Oh, and I LOVE coffee shops! And coffee! Going to NYC for National a few years ago was soooo hard, because they have so few coffee shops, I couldn't find my morning latte without taking a cab. I live out in the boonies south of Seattle, and can think of about a dozen coffee shops within 5 minutes of my house. :-)

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks for the excitement about PROM DRESS, Dona, and I sure appreciate you picking up a copy!

And Shannon--as soon as all this pre-launch buzz in my head settles down and I can concentrate, your book is next. Can't wait! And tell me, will I get to meet you in Dallas?

Shannon McKelden said...

Tina, sorry! I'm not going to Dallas this year. I'm saving my pennies for San Fran next year, though!

Dona Sarkar-Mishra said...


I definitely want to see you at ECWC this year in that case!

Marley Gibson said...

Sorry...not a coffee person. Love the smell, hate the taste.

But hey, I'm reading VENUS ENVY, too!

Marley = )

Heather Davis said...

Yum! I love coffee, too, Dona. Although I make a point to patronize the independent shops, I do pass a Starbucks on the way to the day job. Can't resist getting a latte to go and sprinkling it with cinnamon and a little raw sugar. Soooo good.

Heather Davis said...

P.S. Meant to add that I finished Shannon's book already. So fun!Yay, Shannon! And where can I get Venus's fabulous handbag on sale?