Hi Hart Beat. How’s your morning (early afternoon) going? It’s a beautiful day here in Maine and I’ve been getting some good writing done here this morning. Since leaving New York there are a few things I miss and one of them, unfortunately, is something that I can’t find here on this small coastal Maine island. I’ve written before here on Hart Beat about my love of coffee shops (No. Six Depot, Propeller, Homecoming, El Rey, Ovenly, Toby’s Estate… okay probably too many) and that is one of the things I miss about Brooklyn.
I’m not sure what it is exactly I love about coffee shops. I think it’s a combination of the atmosphere, seeing the people, hearing the noises, and writing alone but not being alone. Oh, plus there’s nothing I love more than an extra hot cup of coffee. As you might have noticed, this blog has taken on a new headline and is now “Your Post-Brooklyn Lifestyle Blog”. Wherever I end up this fall all I know is that it has to have a good variety of coffee shops for me to hang out at. I’ve been to many coffee shops over the months/years, but I am yet to see some of my favourite cold brew coffee. As I have become familiar with some of the coffee shop owners, I might just subtly hand them something like a JoeFroyo sell sheet to see if they can order some for their shop. And it’s not everyday that us coffee drinkers want to have a hot drink. Something cold would be nice in the summer months. Personally, I think this would be a great move for coffee shops to make and I get to enjoy more coffee. Everyone’s a winner.
As a little bonus, when I was in Madrid last month I spent quite a few hours at Café Pepe Botella in my favorite neighborhood Malasaña. If you’re headed to Madrid and need a recommendation that is my number one coffee shop. While I was there not only did I eat enough pan con tomate to feed an entire city but, I recorded about twenty minutes of background noise from the cafe. It was a magical morning and I couldn’t get over the combination of coffee making sounds, the piano music they had on, and the Spanish ladies who were chatting next to me. In lieu of a coffee shop on the island, I’ve been listening to it on repeat while writing here in Maine. Hope you enjoy it too, Hart Beat.
P.S. There’s another coffee shop noise trick that I wrote about before on Hart Beat. You might like it too.
Photos by me of Café Pepe Botella in Madrid.