For those who prefer their daily grind on the dark side...come visit a certain gloomy coffeehouse where the house blend is certain to bring you back from the (un)dead. An eye-opening eldritch concoction of roasted coffee beans with the incensual wonders of nag champa and Tunisian opium as well as deep resinous vibrations of Indian sandalwood, amber, frankincense and dragon’s blood, adorned with exotically fragrant champaca flower and just a touch of aromatic fennel.
From Moderor de Caliginis (aka The Black Guide), seventeenth edition, c. mid 2010s
Attractions of Hemwicke, MA
Main St and 11th.
As big city purveyors of caffeinated beverages have not extended their influence into this particular region of Massachusetts, locals and visitors alike must content themselves with this establishment, located in the main retail district of Hemwicke. Housed in a building which dates back to the late 1600s (though the evidence of colonization in this area of the state is said to stretch back even farther, according to local legend) it is quite an atmospheric and odd place to queue for one’s morning brew, but the coffee itself is quite delicious if you ask most patrons, though one recent visitor was heard to inquire “Is this a coffeehouse or a Gothic opium den?” The answer, in truth, may be “Both.” as the wait staff is black-clad and a bit surly, though also strangely attractive. Also available for purchase are t-shirts bearing the establishment’s motto: Mourning Glory: because you’ll sleep when you’re dead.
(with apologies to HPL & Laird Barron)
Scent: Rich coffee incense.
MAGICKAL MEANINGS OF INGREDIENTS:
COFFEE ~ Focus, stamina, concentration, determination.
SANDALWOOD ~ Love, exotic, sensual atmospheric; aphrodisiac. Healing, spirituality, exorcism.
DRAGON’S BLOOD ~ Entices errant lovers to return, increases power of other ingredients. Love, protection, exorcism, potency.
POPPY (OPIUM) ~ Fertility, prosperity, love. Deepens feelings, instills calmness. Imagination, pleasure, wealth, success.
FRANKINCENSE ~ Purification, consecration, protection, exorcism. Associated with silver and the moon.
FRANGIPANI ~ Trust, confidence.
CHAMPACA FLOWER ~ Grief relief, ritual offering, spiritual awareness.
FENNEL ~ Healing, protection, purification, ecstasy, sexual potency.
Description by: Julie ~ Luna65
Model: Thi Lai
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