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.
I don’t usually photograph my morning coffee, but I loved the November light on my kitchen table here!
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
Window seat in the warm on freezing February days
March: Lower Saxony, Berlin, Hesse, Rome, and Madrid
Lattes in Göttingen before spending most of March on the road
Pre-sightseeing cappuccino in Berlin’s hip Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood
Solo afternoon flat white break in Berlin
Starting every single day in Rome with a caffè cornetto
Post-pasta coffee with a side of biscotti
Espresso while looking at the Foro Romano
Learning how to drink coffee like an Italian during my food tour with Walks of Italy
First coffee in Madrid!
Drinking so much coffee with the #GirlsGoneMAD in the cozy kitchen of our GowithOh apartment in Madrid
When in Madrid: Café con leche, churros con chocolate
April: Madrid, Hesse, and Lower Saxony
Flat whites and glimpses of hipster Madrid
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
Coffee and cake in Neukölln, Berlin
Breakfast and the best coffee I ever had in Prenzlauer Berg
The cutest breakfast in the Berlin morning sun
Window seat espresso in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
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
Hiding from a sudden summer storm in Bratislava with a pretty cappuccino
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
Latte art on the most beautiful November day in Hannover
Spending the shorter days in cute cafés with sweet treats
December: Lower Saxony, Bremen, and Hesse
Cappuccio while exploring the Hanseatic city of Bremen
Post-college reunion coffee in my old home town Gießen in Hesse
Pretty cappuccino in rural Hesse on a perfect snow day
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?