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Dreaming of Warmer Weather (Three Things)

Hannah Hart Beat

It’s too snowy to drive to any coffee shop to work today (snow storm # one million) so I’m bundled up in my down jacket while the fire in my studio breaks the temperature from freezing to something bearable. Once it’s warm I’m back to the G.D. book but for now let’s distract ourselves with a few things that I’ve been on my mind. Thank Sweet Baby Yeezus in two weeks from today I’ll be surfing and sunning in Costa Rica for a week officially taking a break from the winter and writing. What’s keeping you going in the cold this week, Hart Beat?

This poem from February’s Poetry Magazine by James Brown.

Waiheke

You yearn so much
you could be a yacht.
Your mind has already
set sail. It takes a few days
to arrive

at island pace,
but soon you are barefoot
on the sand,
the slim waves testing
your feet

like health professionals.
You toe shells, sea glass, and odd things
that have drifted for years
and finally
washed up here.

You drop your towel
and step out of
your togs, ungainly,
first
your right foot, then

the other
stepping down
the sand
to stand
in the water.

There is no discernible
difference
in temperature.
You breaststroke in
the lazy blue.

A guy passing in a rowboat
says, “Beautiful, isn’t it?”
And it is. Your body
afloat in salt
as if cured.

This song by Drake that I keep playing while driving around the county, imagining myself instead, running on a beach into salty, warm ocean water.

Drinking as much Six Depot Costa Rica coffee that I can get my hands on. It’s the best coffee in The Berkshires (IMO) and I can’t get enough of it this week. It is currently defrosting my fingers as we speak.

Hannah Hart Beat

The top photo was taken by me three years ago in Costa Rica.

Love for Coffee Shops

Hannah Hart Beat - Coffee Shops

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.

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.

Hannah Hart Beat - Coffee Shops

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.

A Kitchen Accessory

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday!!! It’s starting to be my favorite time of the year in Brooklyn and every day I am so happy to wake up with the windows open and the breeze blowing through the curtains. Last night Pedro and some friends of ours had the best night in Red Hook and I think I’m going to take a bike ride over there today. But first coffee.

A few weeks ago I broke down and finally bought another not so necessary but adorable still kitchen accessory. These little Dansk butter warmers are everywhere on food and style blogs (including Food52). I’d never seen anyone actually using the butter warmer (how often do people heat butter) but since buying it I can attest that I use it almost every day. Am I really warming that much butter? Nope. But I do heat my milk before pouring it in my coffee and for that task, the little Dansk pot is perfect.

It holds enough milk for two cups of coffee and the wooden handle makes it super easy to grab and pour. Obviously it looks adorable on my kitchen shelf too… Hope you’re enjoying a hot cup of coffee right now too, Hart Beat!

Hannah Hart Beat

P.S. Pitcher, candles, candle stick holders, and butter keeper all from the Food52 Shop.

Daily Routine: Café au Lait Trick

Hannah Hart Beat

Hola Hart Beat. It’s definitely Thursday and it’s definitely rainy so that means we have to talk about coffee. Last year around this time I tried to give up coffee cold turkey. It didn’t work and since then I have been happily back on the caffeine train. My typical order oscillate between a regular latte and a café au lait (two thirds coffee with steamed milk poured over the top). To be honest, I can’t really tell a huge difference and (at least in New York) the price difference is huge. A café au lait usually costs $2.50/$3 and a latte can range from $4.50 to a crazy $9. The other reason I love a good café au lait is it’s the closest thing I’ve found to the Spanish Café con Leche. ☕☕☕

Suffice it to say I drink mainly café au laits but one thing I have been doing to add a little extra umff has been sprinkling a little cinnamon on top of the coffee. GAME CHANGER.

This started when my mom and I were in Costa Rica and I haven’t been able to stop. The cinnamon adds just a whiff of flavor that sometimes you just need in your coffee. Plus, it looks super pretty. The picture above was from this mornings coffee stop at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Bay Ridge.

What about you, Hart Beat? Have any tricks for your daily coffee grind?

In case you missed it, this is part of a series called Daily Routine on Hart Beat. For the first installment check out my daily packing routine post. More to come soon!

Heart of Darkness coffee

Sunday Morning Coffee

Heart of Darkness coffee

Happy Sunday morning, Hart Beat! Sundays are one of my favorite days because they mean I can sit down, relax, catch up with Pedro, and drink a delicious cup of coffee. Yup, since last spring when I dabbled in the tea vs. coffee experiment I have stayed true to the winner of that battle. Although my dentist would like to sway me otherwise, coffee has won and I still drink a cup (or two🙉) a day. Since coffee is such a subtle but IMPORTANT part of my life, I thought I would share two things that have been making my perfect cup this week.

  1. Delicious coffee beans. While there are a few places in New York and Brooklyn that brew delicious coffee (looking at you 7 Grams and Gorilla Coffee), my most favorite ground coffee comes from No. Six Depot. Six Depot opened a few years in the Berkshires, one town over from where I grew up. The coffee is a) delicious and b) has the most beautiful packaging and names for each roast. Example, am drinking Heart of Darkness now. It is everything.
  2. This coffee scooper. Okay, this one doesn’t necessarily brew the best coffee but since buying it at the Food52 Holiday Market I’ve been obsessed. The little Black Walnut Wooden Coffee Scoop it the perfect size because you can keep it in your coffee grinds bag. Yup, that’s right. I keep it right in there so every morning when I go to make my coffee it’s sitting right there waiting. It is so pretty and sparks so much joy that it’s one of my most favorite tools in my kitchen.

Happy coffee drinking, Hart Beat!

Sorry tea, coffee is better

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Oh good morning, Hart Beat. How’s you day going so far? Me? Oh, how funny you ask. I feel great. And why perhaps you’re wondering? Maybe it’s because I have a delicious cup of coffee sitting right in front of me. About a month ago I made the jump from my daily coffee intake to tea all day long. Last week I woke up one morning and just thought to myself how badly I wanted a strong café au lait in my hands.

I hate to admit it (sorry Pedro) but I’ve gone back to to dark side with a little milk and sugar to boot. What can I say? Let’s be honest, am I really going to go the rest of my life without a cup of coffee?? No. The answer is no. What happens when I travel back to Spain? Or stay up all night binge watching Community? Or just need something warm that tastes good (as opposed to the sometimes bland teas out there? That’s right I said it.)

And with that, I raise my mug to all you other coffee drinkers out there. #Caffineunite

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Photos courtesy of the wonderful Need Supply Co. blog.