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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And by that I mean: I get to look back on the last year through the coffees I drank!

Ever since I wrote my first blog post about traveling and coffee, my yearly coffee round-up has become an article I look forward to writing the entire year. I love how a collage of my coffees always tells stories from my kitchen table in Göttingen to far-off places all over the world. The changing of scenery, light, cups, tables, or sweet treats on the side are always part of my favorite memories, because with the help of these details I not only remember a certain place or situation, but also its smell, taste, and feel. Coffee moments aren’t necessarily the big life and travel moments — they rather are moments to let it all sink in, moments to really be there. And that’s exactly why I cherish them so much.

Julika in Luxembourg

2015 was a great both in travel and coffee: I visited three of the biggest cities for specialty coffee in Europe (Berlin, London, and Paris!), I went to the land where even the most random little cafés still have amazing espressi (Italy!), and I traveled through the Middle East (Jordan and Turkey!) where I tasted a whole new kind of coffee:

January: Hesse and Lower Saxony, Germany

Coffee in Göttingen
Fleeing into cozy cafés on freezing winter days in Göttingen 

Coffee in Göttingen
January light and Sunday espresso treats in my kitchen 

Coffee in Göttingen
A Friday morning girly breakfast date in Göttingen to make winter a little more bearable

February: Lower Saxony, Germany

Coffee in Göttingen
Travel chats and cute cups in Göttingen

Coffee in Göttingen
Chasing February sun in Göttingen and latte treats to warm up after

March: Lower Saxony, Hesse, and Berlin, Germany, and Florence, Italy

Coffee in Berlin
Easily one of the best breakfasts of 2015: At Father Carpenter in Berlin-Mitte 

Coffee in Berlin
Squeezing as many coffees as possible into 48 hours in Berlin
at Westberlin Coffeebar & Mediashop for example 

Coffee in Berlin
Returning to The Barn in Berlin 

Coffee on the plane to Florence
Not all coffee on the road is good coffee, but I didn’t even mind on the way to Florence

Coffee in Florence
Probably my favorite travel/coffee photo of the entire year because it’s so very Italy

Coffee in Florence
Meet the most expensive coffee of the year!
(But this view of Piazza della Signoria was worth it!)

Coffee in Florence
All of Florence on a tiny espresso cup!

Coffee in Florence
Sightseeing cappuccino break in the morning sun 

Coffee in Florence
After dinner treats at fantastic Tamerò

Coffee in Florence
Of espressi, sunshine, and butts on the floor 

Coffee in Florence
Nothing beats an Italian caffè cornetto for breakfast

Coffee in Kassel
The cutest elephant (!) latte art in Kassel
(as a reward for shooting my first wedding the night before)

April: Lower Saxony, Germany, and Jordan

Coffee in Amman
My very first Jordanian coffee on our #GirlsGoneJordan trip!

Coffee in Amman
Coffee and Jordanian dessert after the cooking class at Beit Sitti in Amman

Coffee in Amman
Living room coffee in Amman (while watching Arab Idol on mute!)

Coffee in Madaba
Patio dessert in Madaba 

Coffee in Petra, Jordan
One of my favorite coffee and pinch-me-moments of 2015: Being absolutely awe-struck in Petra and letting it all sink in while sitting on the floor of a Bedouin tent, being served coffee and a date in chocolate by a tall Bedouin guy with eyeliner 

Coffee on the Red Sea
Coffee on a boat on the Jordanian Red Sea shore — with a view of Israel in the distance! 

Coffee in Göttingen
A coffee date in Göttingen after returning from Jordan with so many new impressions 

May: Lower Saxony, Germany, Luxembourg City, and London, UK

Coffee in Luxembourg City
Starting the month with cappuccino at Kaale Kaffi in Luxembourg City 

Coffee in Luxembourg City
Coffee break while semi-sightseeing in rainy Luxembourg City

Coffee in Göttingen
Saturday at the farmers’ market on one of the rare spring weekends at home in Göttingen 

Coffee in London
In London to find the best flat white — at famous Monmouth maybe?

Coffee in London
Spectacular breakfast and coffee at Nude Espresso on Brick Lane 

Coffee in London
My first ever cortado at Timberyard in Soho

Coffee in London
Amazing flat white at Leyas in Camden 

Coffee in London
One last flat white in South Kensington, while sitting on the ground next to a fancy private park

June: Lower Saxony, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Coffee in Göttingen
Afternoon cake and coffee while showing my family around Göttingen 

Coffee in Göttingen
Late café breakfast in Göttingen 

July: Lower Saxony, Hesse, and Hamburg, Germany

Coffee in Fulda
German iced coffee to celebrate my sister’s birthday in Fulda

Coffee in Hamburg
Hunting down the best coffee places in Hamburg with Amanda

Coffee in Hamburg
Flat whites and fresh flowers at Playground in Hamburg 

Coffee in Hamburg
Latte with a view of Hamburg’s Speicherstadt, Germany’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

Coffee in Hamburg
Fabulous coffee at Milch in Hamburg’s Portuguese Quarter 

August: Lower Saxony and Hesse, Germany, Paris, France, and Side, Turkey

Coffee in Paris
A day of doing nothing in Paris but reading in parks and sidewalk cafés 

Coffee in Paris
Sampling my very first café gourmand on a perfect summer night in Paris

Coffee in Paris
Breakfast on the balcony of my friend Kathi’s place: With treats from the local farmers’ market and a view of Parisian rooftops

Coffee in Paris
Outstanding breakfast at KBCafeshop in Montmartre 

Coffee in Paris
At Kitsuné after finally seeing the new and improved Palais Royal 

Coffee in Paris
Flat whites and pretty tables at La Caféothèque 

Coffee in Kassel
Catching up with an old friend over breakfast in Kassel 

Coffee in Turkey
Falling in love with breakfasts in Turkey (even when the hotel coffee wasn’t great at all)

September: Side, Turkey, and Lower Saxony, Hesse, and Hamburg, Germany

Coffee in Turkey
Embarrassingly, I found the first real Turkish coffee at Antalya airport on the way home

Coffee in Hamburg
Extended layover in Hamburg to taste the flat white at less political 

Coffee in Göttingen
Lazy late summer Sundays back in Göttingen

October: Lower Saxony, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Coffee in Hannover
My first ever flat white in Lower Saxony at 24grad in Hannover —
not the best coffee, but that fall day was flawless!

November: Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and Hesse, Germany

Coffee in Stuttgart
The joy of finding a proper flat white at Eight Days A Week in Stuttgart! 

Coffee in Stuttgart
The best thing about our weekend getaway to Southern Germany: Sitting outside in November!

Coffee in Gießen
Annual catch-up breakfast in Gießen with friends from university 

December: Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Bremen, Hesse, and Bavaria, Germany, and Tirol, Austria

Coffee in Hamburg
Best latte art of 2015 found at Nord Coast while visiting the Christmas markets in Hamburg! 

Coffee in Hamburg
Scandinavian speciality coffee at Tornqvist pop-up café in Hamburg 

Coffee on the Zugspitze
The grand finale and probably the cappuccino with the best view in 2015:
At Germany’s highest beer garden, on top of the Alps!

Where did you have your favorite coffee of 2015?

 

Need more coffee? Here are my coffee recaps of 2012, 2013, and 2014 — and the best coffee stories from Jordan, some coffee highlights in Berlin, and coffee favorites in Hamburg

Let's talk about this


  • food_photo_rtw

    Looks like you had a lot of great coffee last year. I have the same addiction, had my favorite coffee in Antigua, Guatemala.

    • JulikaSarah

      I can’t wait to try coffee in Guatemala one day, it must be so good!

  • Mikaela Swedlund

    Wonderful!

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Mikaela!

  • Kathi

    Oooh, beautiful photos! It really looks like a very diverse year, regarding both coffee and scenery.

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you Kathi 🙂

  • http://www.erikafromamerica.com/ Erika

    I’m not a coffee drinker — my tongue enjoys it but the rest of my body doesn’t 🙁 — but I enjoyed seeing the different varieties of coffee that you experienced! The different mugs, the memories attached! 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Erika, the mugs alone are often worth taking these coffee photos! 🙂

  • Ariana del Rio

    Café with the view of the Alps is the winner to me. So many coffees. you are passionate. happy 2016

    • JulikaSarah

      Yes, that was a great coffee moment! Thanks Ariana!

  • Hannah

    Great post, Julika! Some of these look almost too pretty to drink!

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you, Hannah! I know right! 🙂

  • Stephanie

    Hi Julika! I will be moving to göttingen from Canada in a few weeks, an I would LOVE some recommendations on where to find the best coffee or the cosiest cafés around the city! Thanks so much 🙂

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks for getting in touch Stephanie, how exciting you’re moving here! I replied on Instagram, but please let me know once you get here! 🙂

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