Now, all of you know how I always talk about my Smoky Mountain Roasters Deep Creek Blend. Deep Creek Blend has made it into at least one short story, one novel (the Sweetie novel that I hope to have published in the future), and et cetera.
However, I rarely write about Louisiana, particularly South Louisiana, without saying something about the Community Coffee–I mean, that’s the state coffee far as most Louisianians are concerned! How could I not have some of my characters sipping the State Brew? Just like the po-boys, etoufee, gumbo, crawfish, and french bread, Community Coffee is a Louisiana staple in most homes.
My Louisiana friends say, “You ain’t drinking Community Coffee up dere in dem mountains? Harumph . . .” and I answer, “No, I’m drinking mountain coffee, huhn.” They say, “Didn’t you fixin to used to drink Real Coffee when you lived down here dem years ago? AIYEEEEE!” And I answer, “I don’t recall, so there.” And then they get all huffity and stamp their white rubber boots in the swamp and tell a Boudreaux and Thibodeaux joke about yankees even though I’m not a yankee, they think anyone who lives northeast of them is a yankee and they of course say that CC is unforgettable and I am forgetting the good stuff and that’s why my taste buds are all wonkified and . . . and on and on they go. We have a war of words about which coffee is the better, although they’re pretty danged arrogant about their coffee, let me tell you!
Also, I want to have a coffee give away – but I haven’t decided yet what I’ll do. I’ll figure that out soon.
I think the first thing I’ll do is brew up a small batch of each one and let GMR pour them into little cups and see if I can guess what they are just by tasting them, and include the DCB, too boot. At any rate, I plan to have fun with my experiment – and I’ll let y’all know what I think about the coffees.
Also, for any of you out there who like to listen to audio books: I’d love to see Tender Graces published as an audio book (love to hear how they’d do the WVA voices and the Louisiana voices; how VK would sound, or Aunt Ruby! Momma, Micah, etc) . . . a friend of mine who travels a lot and listens to books went in and requested TG be added to the audio books line up at audible.com– that may be what it takes, so, if you listen to audio books, and would like to listen to Tender Graces, please go by and request they add TG to the line up. It takes just a couple of seconds – all you do is type the following in the boxes:
Title: Tender Graces
Author: Kathyrn Magendie