“Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility.” – Sheik-Abd-al-Kad
“I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.” – Virginia Woolf
“I gave up coffee. It’s almost worse than giving up a lover.” – Sandra Bullock
The sounds of fresh brewed, dark roast being poured into a morning mug, pre-destined just for your lips. Piles of scones, croissants, & other delectable pastries- teasing your tummy relentlessly. And the only key to losing all self control is the thin glass separating you both. Pairing that goodness with its mate, either alone or with good company, there is something to say about spending your day with a cup of coffee and a cake at a cafe.
Wether you can verbally agree with me or can’t explain it other than through your senses and how it makes you feeling the moment you step into that space, there is something intoxicating about coffee shops.
Is it the sense of escaping the ‘real world’ of responsibilities and obligations? Does the first sip of that carmel latte transport you to another world- where bills are nonexistent, carbs are considered good for you, & you’re being fed grapes by James Franco?
Sometimes I really feel that way about cafes. The whole aesthetic gets me.
Along with each cafe making it its own style, the people are what also make it so enticing. The couple to your left arguing & laughing at the same time on how their èclair is way better than their partners. The sleep deprived young gentleman to your right is possibly finishing the best fictional series since Harry Potter. And of course the baristas, who you swear are identical twins to Peter Wentz and Kristen Stewart, are moving behind the counter like a coreographed dance- preparing each late and espresso like it’s a work of art.
Finding that time to treat yourself, wether it’s once a month or every morning, it really is so important. And who says it has to be a coffee shop? Find your place, that space that will help you refuel. Life is a balance, and work or programs will feel like it’s the dominate in your life.
Find your haven. And for many (me included) it’s found in that cozy, little coffee shop.
So sit in that throne of a chair in your favorite corner of the cafe. Spoon the milky, frothy bubbles around that perfect cup of coffee. And spend some quality time healing the mind and the soul.
Photos taken by: Melissa Prieskorn
Location: The Red Hook Coffee & Pinwheel Bakery in Ferndale, Detroit