Let’s be honest: We love all the Instagram images showing a coffee break, a quite moment with a book or magazine, a leisurely snapshot on the pool. Why? Because we all lead super busy and speedy lives. Somehow social media have turned to be our visual daily break that we affirm with a ‘Like’ yet we rush from one meeting to the other, from one project to the other. I tell you this because I am the same. However, I have created my own daily ritual to break up my speedy routine and fast paced life: I cherish my daily coffee break ritual.
I think it is of utmost importance to create a daily routine that will take out the speed in our daily lives. Otherwise we might just go berserk and the only quiet moments will be fake ones that we confirm with a ‘Like’ on our smartphone while rushing and running. It has never been so obvious that people strive for that ‘living the moment’ attitude – absolutely comprehensible seeing and embracing the digital era we live in.
My daily routine is simple: After work I sit down for a quiet moment to recuperate my energies, to remind myself that life is not all about work, to refocus and regain the creative mojo. My routine consists of a good pot of freshly brewed pour-over coffee. I love it because it requires time and patience – it is not a button to click on a coffee machine. I boil my water in the Hario kettle, I grind my coffee beans that very moment followed by the brewing procedure: letting the coffee bloom with a bit of boiled water and then pouring slowly the water over the coffee and watching it drip slowly into my Chemex carafe. I love that moment as the fresh coffee scent disperses and fills out my apartment. This really grounds and calms me after a hectic day at work.
I also love to enjoy my daily brew in beautiful cups and mugs, my preferred ones being handmade and hand-thrown ceramics pieces. My latest addition are two hand-thrown mugs from the Nashville based potter’s studio ‘Summer Triangle Pottery’. I love the simple forms and little imperfections that make them perfect. After all, it is so much nicer to sip your coffee from such a mug than a industrial mass product. Probably I love it because making such a mug also requires down time – it is the antidote of our speedy life and speedy products, don’t you agree? You can find more handmade ceramics from ‘Summer Triangle Pottery’ in their Etsy shop.
I wonder: Do you have a daily routine to root you? Tell me about it!
Photography by Igor Josifovic
This post has been brought to you in collaboration with Summer Triangle Pottery