Fuel for the soul

I found myself in Huntsville, Alabama last weekend - in need of a cup of coffee on an early Saturday morning, so I pulled out my phone and typed “coffee shop” into googlemaps. Several popped up in the downtown area, but only one was open at 8 (that was remotely close to where I was headed) - the Honest Coffee Roasters.


What a beautiful coffee shop! It was light and airy. The mustard yellow leatherette chairs gave a sophisticated warmth to the stained concrete floors, black iron accents and blonde wood.

They had a small but fun menu with pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee drinks, but the cranberry scone with a lemon/honey glaze had my undivided attention.

And just LOOK at that beautiful cappuccino!

I was totally inspired by the cool retro vibe of the place, so I sat there and drew out a fun coffee shop mash-up. I’ve been really having fun with these food-collages lately…

Among the numerous luxuries of the table...coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions...is never followed by sadness, languor or debility.
— Benjamin Franklin