The Warmth and Coziness of the Perfect Latte

Latte with a leaf drawn into it
What does latte are say about you?

It’s been feeling quite wintery every morning, even though it isn’t officially winter in the northern hemisphere. I know I’m a wimp, but I start to get cold when it’s even ten degrees or so above freezing ­čÖé So right now, I’m sitting here with a warm sweater on and a blanket around my legs… and I’m still cold. I sure wish my dog would cuddle with me.

When there’s a chill in the air, I crave a creamy, delicious latte. ┬áMake mine vanilla or hazelnut please!┬áSomething about the warmth and smoothness really perks me up on a cold day. Of course, I’m sure the caffeine doesn’t hurt either. I like to have a latte before breakfast to start up my body a bit. The milk (or in my case soy / almond milk) keeps me full while I’m still waking and warming up.

One of the things I love best about lattes is the art. If you ask me, latte art deserves to be recognized as its own art form. It’s extremely beautiful, and I think it takes talent to make some of the more complicated designs. I feel tickled whenever a barista makes a special little design in my drink. That’s what originally inspired┬áThe Latte Art Test. Take it, and tell me if it’s accurate for you!

Also, comment and let me know if you’re a big latte drinker. Where is your favorite place to get a latte? Starbucks? Coffee bean? An indie place? Your own kitchen? Also, what is your ideal latte like? Mine is made with really high quality espresso that’s a little sweet and chocolatey tasting. Add to that a high quality almond milk (or soy barista blend in a pinch). Then I’d like it topped with just a dusting of cocoa and cinnamon. That’s really not too much to ask for is it? ­čśë


The Importance of Tea (at Least Today)

Cup of black tea with no milk or sugar

After a long journey yesterday, I woke up needing a cup of tea like I’ve never needed one before. If I don’t have enough tea, I feel cranky and out of sorts. I’m not normal again until I have that steaming cup of goodness in my hands. Luckily, I had just enough energy this morning to roll out of bed, put my slippers on, and get the kettle started.

This morning it’s back to basics, and I’m dong a strong Irish breakfast tea with a splash of almond milk. No time to fool around – I need something intense and powerful to get me going! I love all sorts of tea depending on my mood and needs. A basic black tea is always how I start my morning off, and to be honest, it’s usually one cup before breakfast and one cup after breakfast. In the afternoon, I might opt for chai or a flavored black tea to inspire me. Or if I’m already inspired, a balancing green tea. After dinner I usually do an herbal tea ┬á– I love mint for these times.

While my tea is brewing away, and I started thinking about my favorite Blogthings tea quizzes. I love to write about tea because it’s my biggest key to writing quizzes. I think the caffeine helps me get focused, but more than anything, I think my best ideas are formed when I step away from the computer a bit. Taking time for tea is an important ritual that helps me stay sane in this crazy world.

What about you? What kind of tea are you today? Take┬áWhat Kind of Tea Are You?,┬áand let me know! I’m also curious to know if you’re a fan of tea, and if so, what kind? How do you take your tea? Cream? Sugar? Iced?

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