I was originally planning to turn December into Review Month. Because no matter how some other bloggers frown upon year review posts, I love them. I love looking back and being nostalgic. And I love pretending that my life had a certain theme in the past year.
December overwhelmed me though, and I never got around to writing those “best 14 things I ate in 2014” or “best 14 Instagrams of 2014” articles. (Don’t even ask about when I bought and wrapped my Christmas presents this year!). But despite missing out the grand review time frame in the blogosphere, there is one annual post that I could never ever leave out, because I look forward to writing it all year: My annual coffees from around the world round-up!
I cherish this little tradition of mine so much and I adore how my life’s perception changes when told through the tales of the prettiest and most delicious coffees I had throughout the year.
I drink a lot of coffee, though naturally, I don’t take a photo of every single coffee I drink: Every morning, I have (at least two cups of) coffee in my favorite polka dot mug on my kitchen table while spending way too much time on social media. At the office, I have a post-lunch cappuccino (I’m sorry for this horrible habit, Italy!) with my co-workers. Sometimes, if we feel fancy, my boyfriend and I have an espresso after dinner. I need a lot of coffee to get by (yup, I’m an addict), but I don’t usually photograph my everyday coffees.
My year retrospective in coffee is my favorite post to write all year, because it makes me remember the little special moments I took my camera with me — on market days, on a domestic weekend getaway, or on the eventual international trip. Even though coffee photos are never really those epic travel photos, they symbolize the little moments I love — at home and on the road. And these were my favorite coffee moments in 2014:
January: Hesse and Lower Saxony
Coffee with an oriental touch on a very cold day in Göttingen
February: Lower Saxony
March: Lower Saxony, Berlin, Hesse, Rome, and Madrid
Pre-sightseeing cappuccino in Berlin’s hip Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood
Starting every single day in Rome with a caffè cornetto
April: Madrid, Hesse, and Lower Saxony
Café con leche on a sunny spring day in Madrid‘s Retiro park
May: Lower Saxony
Coffee at the farmers’ market while strolling past peonies and strawberries
June: Lower Saxony and Hamburg
Breakfast on a summery getaway to Hamburg
Espressos after a traditional fried fish breakfast (!) roll at Hamburg’s famous Sunday fish market
July: Lower Saxony
Coffee in a beach chair after a very stressful month
August: Lower Saxony, Berlin, Hesse, Vienna, and Bratislava
A flawless sunny coffee moment in Vienna
Cappuccino and the most expensive chocolate cake of all times in Vienna
Sipping coffee with a view of Bratislava‘s main square
September: Lower Saxony, Berlin, and Hesse
Introducing my international guest Jessica to German breakfasts in Göttingen
Flat whites on a day trip to Berlin
October and November: Hesse and Lower Saxony
December: Lower Saxony, Bremen, and Hesse
Cappuccio while exploring the Hanseatic city of Bremen
And in 2015: Hopefully more coffee, more stories, more travels!
Which is your favorite coffee photo from 2014?
And what was your favorite coffee moment this year?