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03 March 2008 @ 10:49 am
When one obsession collides with another  
Or, you know, pleasantly meets another. :-)

This morning, I had the opportunity to combine two of my fondest loves: good coffee and writing. Anyone who's read this journal for awhile knows my love of good, quality coffee, selected from reputable suppliers and sold by region or blend, fresh roasted and freshly ground before brewing. Good coffee is as serious a business as good wine.

This morning, I got to use all of that knowledge and experience regarding coffee running around inside my head, and put some small piece of it into my WIP. Heh heh. This fills me with glee! It also sent me to one of my green bean suppliers for the first time in months (er...I have an embarrassingly large stockpile of green beans for roasting already), and they had some really good (and hard to get) and really real Kona available. All those "Kona" coffees you see bandied about? It's a term people like to slap on anything remotely related to the Hawaiian region it refers to, along with an expensive price tag. Luckily, the good people at Sweet Maria's know which farms to buy from, and they actually cup it before they buy, so they know exactly what they are getting and selling. They call this particular crop "clean, mild, floral Kona - one of the best early crop lots in recent memory."

They only get this stuff once every two or three years because they're so picky about what they'll buy and sell, especially given the price. I've never tried it, so I splurged and ordered a pound. Now I can hardly wait to roast it and give it a taste!

Anyway, here's the relevant snippet. Bonus points if you can identify the specific real world coffees in the blend Mercy drinks (none of which, to be clear, are Kona).

“Where are we going?”

“I can’t tell you that, I’m sorry.”

She cursed, pushing away from the desk. When she went to run her fingers through her hair, she realized it was still wet from her shower, and tangled besides. Just as suddenly, she became aware of the cold deck beneath her bare toes. She closed her eyes.

“Damn it.”

“I know this is difficult.”

And opened them again, glaring at him.

“Do you? You’ve kidnapped me! Us! All of the Typhus and her crew.”

He quirked an eyebrow.

“Yes. But then, we’re pirates.”

She wanted to scream, or hit him, or throw something. Instead, she just stood there, frozen, feeling the odd pull at her center that always accompanied travel through jump space. Jumping meant traveling somewhere far off their last known position. It meant going somewhere far less likely for the Commonwealth Navy to find them. Jumping changed everything, burying all of her half formed plans of how and when to get off this ship, and back to the Typhus.

Jumping left her trapped.

She sat down, her head in her hands, and a few moments later the smell of coffee intensified. She looked up, to see Cannon standing over her, the cup held out for her to take.

“Is this your version of a peace offering?” she asked. But she curved her fingers around the mug, and took it from him.

He shrugged.

“If I thought a cup of coffee was all it would take to win you to our cause, I’d offer you barrels of it.” He sat beside her on the bench, not close enough to crowd her, but not back behind his desk, carefully distant, either. “Sadly, I think it will take a lot more than that before you’re content with your new place.”

“My new place?” She glanced at him sharply, but he merely smiled.

Still watching him, she took a sip from her cup. Strong, rich, with notes of vanilla and berry behind the nutty flavor, it was the best damn cup of morning stimulant she’d ever had, even without the benefit of sweetener. It was also the first time she’d ever tasted real coffee, instead of the fake, bitter, synthesized stuff widely available throughout the Commonwealth.

“Wow.” She said, feeling her eyebrows go up. She smiled, and took another sip. “Just…wow.”

Cannon grinned.

“See? There are benefits to being here.”

Sadly (and ironically) I am myself without coffee this morning. *sigh*
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