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.
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
A Friday morning girly breakfast date in Göttingen to make winter a little more bearable
February: Lower Saxony, Germany
March: Lower Saxony, Hesse, and Berlin, Germany, and Florence, Italy
Easily one of the best breakfasts of 2015: At Father Carpenter in Berlin-Mitte
Returning to The Barn in Berlin
Not all coffee on the road is good coffee, but I didn’t even mind on the way to Florence
After dinner treats at fantastic Tamerò
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 and Jordanian dessert after the cooking class at Beit Sitti in Amman
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
A coffee date in Göttingen after returning from Jordan with so many new impressions
May: Lower Saxony, Germany, Luxembourg City, and London, UK
Starting the month with cappuccino at Kaale Kaffi in Luxembourg City
Coffee break while semi-sightseeing in rainy Luxembourg City
Spectacular breakfast and coffee at Nude Espresso on Brick Lane
My first ever cortado at Timberyard in Soho
Amazing flat white at Leyas in Camden
June: Lower Saxony, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
July: Lower Saxony, Hesse, and Hamburg, Germany
Flat whites and fresh flowers at Playground in Hamburg
Fabulous coffee at Milch in Hamburg’s Portuguese Quarter
August: Lower Saxony and Hesse, Germany, Paris, France, and Side, Turkey
A day of doing nothing in Paris but reading in parks and sidewalk cafés
Outstanding breakfast at KBCafeshop in Montmartre
At Kitsuné after finally seeing the new and improved Palais Royal
Flat whites and pretty tables at La Caféothèque
September: Side, Turkey, and Lower Saxony, Hesse, and Hamburg, Germany
Embarrassingly, I found the first real Turkish coffee at Antalya airport on the way home
Extended layover in Hamburg to taste the flat white at less political
October: Lower Saxony, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
November: Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and Hesse, Germany
The joy of finding a proper flat white at Eight Days A Week in Stuttgart!
The best thing about our weekend getaway to Southern Germany: Sitting outside in November!
December: Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Bremen, Hesse, and Bavaria, Germany, and Tirol, Austria
Best latte art of 2015 found at Nord Coast while visiting the Christmas markets in Hamburg!
Scandinavian speciality coffee at Tornqvist pop-up café in Hamburg
Where did you have your favorite coffee of 2015?