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By Ana Brazil
February 7, 2020

This Friday we escort our main characters away from their everyday worlds—away from 15th century Isle of Jersey, Regency London, mid-19th century Switzerland, Gilded Age New Orleans, and mid-20th century Hawaii. After all of that time traveling, we invite our characters to sit and rest for a while because Linda wants to know… “What sort of Starbucks drink would your main character order?”

Ana declares that “Fanny Newcomb, living in 1889 New Orleans, orders not one but two Caffè Lattes, which is the closest beverage to her morning café au lait.

“Even after drinking two Caffè Lattes with her petit déjeuner, she might still have a café au lait while visiting the coffee stand at the tip of the French Market.”

Cookies and Cream frappuccino off the Secret Menu for Bess…

Katie has two ladies to order for…”For Lydia: espresso shot. Just the shot. No sugar.

“For Bess: If you’re buying, she’d take the fanciest Unicorn Mocha Frappuccino they serve. Extra whip. Lots of sprinkles. If not, just a plain water in a cup. To go.”

C.V. gives us a history lesson: “Since I am writing in the medieval era, coffee wasn’t a thing.

“My main character is a no nonsense person and not a big talker. If he were to drink coffee I would say straight up black, dark roast. Maybe with a shot of something like brandy.”

Kathryn explains that “Anna would have drunk coffee in her native Switzerland and likely on her homesteads in Utah and Idaho Territory.

“Though modern-day Mormons adhere to a health code that prohibits coffee, this code was not strictly enforced until 1921 after Anna’s death.  Aware of the modern-day strictures, she would likely opt for a hot chocolate—mit Schlag, of course!”

Hot chocolate mit Schlag (with whipped cream)

Linda says, “Dolores would like to be a dreamer, but necessity has made her practical.

“I think she’d order a mocha latte–sensible black coffee with a bit of milk and chocolate for drama.”

Ana Brazil
Written by Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil writes historical crime fiction celebrating bodacious American heroines. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Historical Novel Society, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers.
Ana’s latest historical mystery is THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE, which features murder, mayhem, and music in 1919 San Francisco. Her award-winning historical mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is set in Gilded Age New Orleans.

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