The Coffee Chart

As many of you have heard, my writing process has a great deal to do with caffeine consumption. Just as I swap out music from book to book, I also have a different signature drink for each manuscript– my go to beverage, so to speak.

For your amusement, here’s the coffee chart for the last four books:

The Ashford Affair (winter/spring 2012): grande caramel mocha with whip.

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (summer 2012): grande caramel macchiato. (Miss Gwen scorned whipped cream as excessively fluffy.)

— The Victorian Book (fall/winter 2012): grande skim cinnamon dolce steamer with whip. (Since I wasn’t allowed caffeine, I tried to make up for it with a super dose of sugar.)

— Pink XI (spring/summer 2013): grande skim hazelnut steamer with whip. (I’m still not allowed caffeine, but at least I can mix it up a bit! And Sally Fitzhugh strikes me as a hazelnut sort of girl, don’t you think?)

What are your favorite coffee beverages?


  1. Adrianne Biorkman on April 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Grande non-fat white chocolate mocha with two pumps of raspberry.

  2. Sarah Smyczynski (@leianajade) on April 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I like a white chocolate mocha if I’m feeling the need for excessive amounts of caffeine and sugar.

    Otherwise, I stick to chai or green tea lattes, which come in the same cup as the coffee, and therefore must count, right?

  3. Christine on April 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Whatever the latte or macchiato of the season is, but my favorite is peppermint. But I also appreciate a good French pressed coffee in nice restaurants.

  4. Joey B. on April 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Venti skinny hazelnut latte (yum!)

  5. Heather on April 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’m a plain coffee type of girl, with cream & coconut syrup. But lately, I’ve fallen in love with the hazelnut macchiato. It’s pretty yummy, hot or iced.

  6. Alana on April 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    What a great post! My signature is a Marble Mocha Macchiato.

  7. Diana on April 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Peppermint Mocha with non-fat milk. Although this past winter I did enjoy the Creme Brûlée latte a lot!

  8. Rachel Brown on April 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Pumpkin spice latte when it is in season, but I love hazelnut too. I think Sally definitely seems like she would be into hazelnut!

  9. jeffrey on April 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Well, I may enjoy feminine literature but my tastes in coffee are definitely on the masculine side, to wit:

    I like my coffee fully leaded (caffeinated)and strong enough to dissolve a horseshoe in. My wife and I do like flavored coffees but I’m constantly getting chewed out for brewing those too strong also!

    Sorry, I just don’t get Starbucks and all of those fancy-wansy frothy concoctions.

    I like my espresso Cuban style “Café con leche:” doubled with sugar and cream.

    Decaf should be against the law. After all caffeine is to coffee what alcohol is to a martini – to give you a good buzz.

  10. Nessa on April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    None – I’m totally addicted to tea. Depending on my mood, I drink so many different blends from traditional like Earl Grey to fruit and herbal teas like Jasmine or Rose.

  11. Eirene Ritznore on April 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    One of my favorite coffee drink is an iced Hazelnut coffee with cream from Dunkin’ Donuts. Given that, I think that Sally Fitzhugh and I would get along smashingly. In truth, however, I just love coffee, in nearly every form, save black.

  12. Diane on April 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Iced mocha with two extra shots of chocolate – no need to add sugar that way! :-]

  13. Julie H on April 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I love the salted caramel mocha that Starbucks has in the Fall. That’s my favorite.

  14. Jessica S. on April 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I’m a tea girl, as you know, but when I treat myself to coffee, it’s either:

    skim latte
    skinny caramel macchiato
    skinny cinnamon dolce latte

    or when I’m feeling totally cheap, plain old coffee with cream or skim milk.

  15. Am7 on April 18, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I drink all tea and no coffee myself. Hmmm… no caffeine for a while…. I have my guesses about that!! Any good news to share?

    • Lauren on April 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

      You guessed it! I’m having a little future novel reader in July. (At least I’m assuming she’ll be a novel reader– it will be hard for her to avoid.)

      • Am7 on April 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        I start out simple with something like “Goodnight, Moon” and/or “The Big Red Barn” (same author almost as good). Also Charlotte Zolotow and a bunch of others I can’t think!

      • Sherri on April 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        Oh, Lauren, congratulations! I didn’t want to say that until there was confirmation. 🙂 Motherhood is amazing and exhausting. Enjoy every second of it, even when she keeps you up at night!

        Caffeinated coffee makes me sick, so I stick to the decaf. My current favorites are coconut hot chocolate and coconut mocha lattes, though I do love a good Irish cream steamer. 🙂

        • Lauren on April 19, 2013 at 11:32 pm

          Thanks, you guys!! I am both excited and terrified.

  16. Céline on April 18, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I’m also a tea girl myself, and I’m in love with Starbucks’ Tazo Chai Tea Latte… I could drink some everyday and never get tired (like sushis – but I guess you’re not allowed to eat sushis either).

    And I’m pretty sure Mini-Lauren is going to be an avid reader. How could she not be, with such a wonderful writer as a mother?

    • Lauren on April 19, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks, Celine!!

  17. Elizabeth Kerri Mahon on April 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    During the summer, I love a grande iced soy chai latte, and during the winters, I love a good marble mocha macchiato, or Dean & Deluca had an awesome smores latte that was criminal. I seriously miss the Seattle Coffee that was in the Borders at 34th Street & the Manhattan Mini Mall.

    • Lauren on April 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Me, too, Elizabeth– I very much miss the one in the Borders on 57th Street.

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