Frivolous Friday: My Office

People always ask me if I write while drinking, and the answer is yes – but not wine or beer or absinthe or Madeira. I’m not Hemingway (and thank goodness for that!). I do most of my writing while drinking my other favorite beverage, coffee. I’ve spent a lot of time in coffee shops in my time, and I have a few thoughts on what makes a great coffee shop, especially one that you can use as an office.

Honorable mention to Killer ESP and their adorable espresso martini glasses
Honorable mention to Killer ESP and their adorable espresso martini glasses

I’m a big fan of being alone around other people, if you know what I mean. I do my best writing and creative work when I’m in a place where there’s just enough activity and contact with other humans that I don’t start to get antsy and feel like I’m staring into the void, but not SO much activity that it’s distracting. Hot and cold running coffee is a must, too, and the coffee needs to be on point. IMG_20141029_082816272_HDR Alexandria, Virginia’s M.E. Swings hits all the marks: chill atmosphere, and great, great coffee that’s roasted on site. The cold-brewed iced coffee is some of the best I’ve ever had, and they’re even doing cold-brewed coffee from a nitrous tap, too! It’s like Guinness and coffee had a baby. Swings is an integral part of my morning routine – when I have a great workout at the YMCA across the street and open up my laptop while sipping some delicious iced coffee, all is right with the world. IMG_20150713_145140559_HDR Would I have written (most of) a book without Swings? Probably, but I’m glad I didn’t have to find out.



Published by Diane McMartin

Diane McMartin is a Certified Sommelier and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program. She also works in wine retail, teaching wine education classes and helping customers wade through the endless sea of bad Chardonnay in the world. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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