Tea or Coffee? Or… Both?

Day 20 – “T” Tea and Coffeehouses 

It is vitally important to have our own “space” at home, a place where we can wake up in the morning, pour ourselves a steaming cup of coffee or tea, and hit the ground running. A place to inspire and motivate, a space that allows us the opportunity to tune into our creative side, writing away long into the night. Whether that be a desk tucked against a wall of a studio apartment, a writing nook in a home office, or an cozy corner in a guest room, writing spaces are essential to ensure that we always have somewhere to go.

We all hit shlumps. We all have periods in which no matter how hard we try, we feel as if everything we write is shit. As important as it is to have a home space, at times like this, it is equally as important to know when you need a fresh setting, a new place to break away from your desk and set up shop in a location that offers some fresh inspiration. Where to go? For me, there are a number of quaint tea and coffee shops throughout my town, each offering their own unique ambiance and feel. It is nice to have a few to pick from, depending on my mood that day and the piece that I’m working on. 

Granted, there is nothing quite like packing up my little netbook (great for travel as my laptop is an ancient giant), my notebooks, and a variety of books and heading out to one of my favorite spots outside to write. I have a few locations by the river and some little hideaways in local parks that are just perfect. However, I live in Oregon. Oregon = Rain. So, I need a backup on many days that will not result in all of my work getting soggy and ruined. Coffee shops to the rescue!! I do love our local library, but they are stingy about having drinks in their establishment. There is just something about having a comforting cup of tea or coffee at hand when I write; it just sets the mood in some way.

Where do you go when you need to break away from your home writing space for a fresh setting? Do you have a favorite “go-to” place or do you bounce around from spot to spot? Do you prefer tea or coffee shops, restaurants, bars, or libraries?

All of this begs the question, are you a tea or coffee person? 😉


33 thoughts on “Tea or Coffee? Or… Both?

  1. You wouldn’t think this would be hard to answers but, both. I am clearly coffee in the morning, but since I’m off to the day-job, I’m rarely writing. Weekends, maybe but I usually write at night. At night, I tend to drink tea. Not a fan of coffee houses. I enjoy a local bar, but again, not writing there.

  2. I’m not a fan of writing at coffeeshops. I get distracted by the other people moving around and if they get loud I’m absolutely done for. I can’t focus on anything when it’s noisy–I just get overstimulated.

    1. Distractions are hit or miss with me, I can handle certain stimulations but not others. I can have a TV going in the background, but not music with lyrics. Conversations I can tolerate if they’re not too loud or obnoxious!

  3. My drink preferences are seasonal. Coffee in spring and summer, a nice comforting cup of tea in the fall and winter. I’m currently drinking what I call a “ghetto mocha” which is equal parts black coffee and hot chocolate from the lobby coffee machine, because it’s cold and miserable outside and I needed a pick-me-up.

    I like writing in trees, but as I too live in a rainy location, outdoor leafy perches aren’t always that practical. Most often I go for coffee shops with quirkier seating layouts that let me hide away in small corners.

  4. Hi there – I need my coffee in the am. Nothing fancy, just regular brewed coffee. BTW, I gave a shout out to your blog on my ‘T’ post today.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

  5. Coffee is my drink of choice, but I love tea at bedtime and on quiet days around the house. And I tend to get chai when I know I’ve had enough coffee for the day but still want something with a kick. 🙂

    And I also like to write at coffee houses and libraries, and outside in parks. And for some strange reason, I get a lot done at Panera. I don’t tend to frequent it, and prefer local spots, but on the rare occasion that I go, I accomplish a lot. Maybe it’s the carbs? I don’t know.

  6. I am a tea person who never liked coffee.
    A long long time ago, in Paris, I spent a few weeks writing in Cafés. Journaling for the most part, writing long letters to a love one back home, making research notes. And a few poems here and then.

  7. I’m apt to forget to drink–my morning cup of tea is now cold. I’ll add a mug of coffee and forget it too, then all of a sudden I’ll wonder why I don’t have any energy. 🙂 Just found lemon and ginger herbal tea, though, and I do remember to drink that. Glad to have found you through Diane Coto’s shout out on Fiction Zeal.
    @AnneKnol1 from
    New Author Support – Tips on Writing and Promotion from A to Z

  8. Okay, let’s start with the essence of the discussion: coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. 🙂 Also being an Oregonian, I love writing in coffee houses. We have great coffee here, right?. I also have six places I write at my house. The library is my favorite. But I am more than willing to move around depending on my mood. –Curt

  9. Coffee. Always coffee.
    I’m not a tea drinker, but I wish I was. It just seems so civilized to enjoy a cuppa. Unfortunately it does absolutely nothing for me.

    The interesting part of this post however was the concept of a place to write. Quite frankly, it never occurred to me to be anywhere but at home. hmmm – food for thought.

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