The Importance Of Daily Rituals

28 June 2015 6


coffee break, handmade ceramics, Chemex, pour-over coffee

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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.

coffee break, handmade ceramics, Chemex, pour-over coffee

coffee break, handmade ceramics, Chemex, pour-over coffee

coffee break, handmade ceramics, Chemex, pour-over coffee

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.

coffee break, handmade ceramics, Chemex, pour-over coffee

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coffee break, handmade ceramics, Chemex, pour-over coffee

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.

coffee break, handmade ceramics, Chemex, pour-over coffee

coffee break, handmade ceramics, Chemex, pour-over coffee

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


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  • Reply Gabriele Lechner 28 June 2015 at 12:34

    Thank you for this post – I just had the feeling you were sitting on my shoulder latley so you exactly know what’s getting wrong! Your words are like “tritt in den A…” – in a nice way.
    Now I am going to celebrate making my tea. 😉

    • Reply Igor 28 June 2015 at 12:44

      Enjoy it Gabriele!! We must stick to our time-out otherwise we will go crazy, aber sowas von:-))) Enjoy your tea!

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha 28 June 2015 at 12:38

    What a beautifully written post! And such an important reminder.

    • Reply Igor 28 June 2015 at 12:45

      Thank you Sarah!! It is literally an observation I make with myself and wondered if others have the same issue. But I assume it is a very typical behavior nowadays where we ‘like’ things instead of living them ourselves…

  • Reply Julia (mammilade) 28 June 2015 at 13:01

    I love and celebrate my daily cacao break in the morning!
    It is just for living that moment of calm and beeing on my own, enjoying some quite minutes befor life and familylife gets started!
    Have a nice sunday!

    • Reply Igor 28 June 2015 at 13:19

      Excellent time-out moment! Have a wonderful Sunday too!

  • Reply June 28 June 2015 at 14:03

    Great post! I was just in Copenhagen, and I loved the pace of life there, and stopping for a coffee break, with cake, seemed to be the normality! I always start my day in the same way…tottering downstairs and putting some coffee on then getting washed and dressed while it brews….by the time I’ve sat down and finished that cuppa, I am ready for the day! I guess that’s my ritual ❤️

    • Reply Igor 28 June 2015 at 22:22

      And it’s a wonderful one, June! Thank you for sharing it with us here!

  • Reply Patrick 28 June 2015 at 14:36

    Really really amazing!

    • Reply Igor 29 June 2015 at 17:21

      Thank you!

  • Reply Anya J 29 June 2015 at 08:31

    Yummy coffee break Igor, I love my coffee – especially in the morning:) Happy Monday xx

    • Reply Igor 29 June 2015 at 17:20

      Thank you Anya! Happy Monday to you too!

  • Reply Yvonne 29 June 2015 at 08:59

    This is so true. ‘Liking’ is often merely a response, a reflex almost. Incorporating these ‘quiet’ moments into our busy lives is so important to stay grounded.
    My daily ritual is taking a little walk by the canal right after lunch. It’s quiet and green and I can walk as far as I like there, depending on my need for that particular day.
    Now, I often just have a quick coffee by my computer. Will be changing that and turn my break into a little ritual. 😉 It’s all about being aware. Beautiful cups, you know I agree about handmade ceramics. Lovely shop, too. Thanks for sharing, Igor. Enjoy your coffee ritual today.

    • Reply Igor 29 June 2015 at 17:20

      A great daily ritual!! And yes, go for a full time-out with your daily coffee. It really helps me to let go of the constant buzz I find myself in. Then I can reboot and restart again afterwards!

  • Reply Fenny Setiawan 29 June 2015 at 09:20

    Hi Igor, I have been reading and catching up with your blog the whole weekend. I really love the new blog design. I also adore your coffee ritual. Pretty picture. I am a coffee lover, I wish I have pretty equipment as yours hehe.
    Sorry not has been drop a message quiet sometime here. But I always follow your beautiful pic on IG.

    • Reply Igor 29 June 2015 at 17:19

      Thank you so much Fenny for your lovely comment and thank you for reading the blog and following along on Instagram. I am happy you like the new look!!

  • Reply Beauty Follower 29 June 2015 at 09:31

    Good morning!
    Wonderful mugs, love the handles shape.

    Πράγματι… αυτές οι μικρές ιεροτελεστίες σπάνε την ρουτίνα της ημέρας με έναν τόσο μαγικο τρόπο 😉

    • Reply Igor 29 June 2015 at 17:18

      S’euxaristw para poly!! Stin Athina h ierotelestia mou htane to kathimerino frappedaki mou:-))

  • Reply Elisa 9 November 2015 at 11:36

    I almost answered automatically that yes, of course I have one., because I am not one of those people who are incapable of unplugging for a little while, am I?
    And then I went to look for my very own ritual… and found none. I have had some in the past, but right now I have none, which is odd because I am going through a period where I could use one. So thank you for the inspiration to establish one! I think a daily tea break or a daily walk is in the cards for me starting today!

    • Reply Igor 9 November 2015 at 11:43

      It will be so good and help you get through the day. For me it is always a sort of an anchor that I have in my daily schedule to take out the speed in my life.

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