"There ain't nothing I can do -Or nothing I can say- That folks don't criticize me - But I'm going to do Just as I want to anyway." -BIllie Holiday
I want to talk about coffee but before I do, can we talk Billie Holiday?
I live on the same street that Billie Holiday once lived and for some reason I'm so incredibly infatuated with this fact. Creativity is this living and breathing entity and I think that I might be getting a little bit of her wonder through proximity, that gravel that coated her voice, that thing that made her mystical. Maybe you can't catch creativity like one does a cold but I would argue against that. Think about all the wonderful writers out there who are friends.
-James Baldwin and Toni Morrison
-J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis
-Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton (My personal favorite)
Think about those creative coincidences. Yes, maybe that's all that they are but I would like to think that there's a little more at play. The world is a complex place and I like to believe that maybe Elizabeth Gilbert is right, maybe it's magic.
So back to coffee, I have been continuing my quest to find the most inspiring coffee shops on the east coast.
The one's I have on Instagram so far:
1)Battle Ground Coffee and Cafe
3)Bird in Hand **
4) Bmore Licks (coffee and ice-cream)
5) A Baked Joint
6) Ceremony Coffee
So, what's my favorite so far? Well, my favorite place to work is Ceremony because for some reason the calm colors seem to signal to people to keep quiet. I have been multiple times and it's not a particularly loud shop.
However, my favorite has to be Bird in Hand.
There is a book store inside the shop and I love everything about it. There is an 80's/vintage/modern mixed vibe that I can't stop loving. I could go there every single day. I had three drinks, which should tell you how much time I spent in one single visit. I'm obsessed. With Bird in Hand and coffee shops in general.
In every coffee shop, it seems people are there to do more than just exist. They aren't there JUST to eat or JUST to drink. They are there with purpose and that get's me going, almost more than the coffee itself.
Take a look:
“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.”
― Dave Barry
I'm excited to spend the next month in coffee shops because to me there is no better place to be.
About the blog:
Emily Ann Hansen
I'm a writer and teacher living in Baltimore City. I'm originally from Chicago. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Fiction. Instead of babbling, I will list a few of the things in life that make me happy: