Did you know it’s UK Coffee Week? “A united platform where coffee operators, trade professionals and consumers can join together in celebration of the coffee industry and raise funds to give back to the communities which grow our coffee” – click here for a map to find out which of your local coffee shops are taking part.
And so to celebrate in my own way, I thought I’d style up my kitchen table in a little homage to coffee for this month’s Styling the Seasons.
You’re probably aware that I have a bit of a thing for coffee. Not any coffee, mind you. I’m pretty fussy. None of your instant nonsense for me thanks, it’s got to be real all the way. Reasonably strong but not too strong if I want to avoid the coffee jitters, black, with a generous spoonful of brown sugar, Yes, I am even finickity about the sugar. This love for my cup of joe has developed with age. In fact I actually went through a long period at university where I didn’t drink caffeine at all – peppermint tea is my preferred alternative, and is still what I start my day with every single morning. But coffee has gradually become a big part of my everyday.
Once I’ve dropped the kids at school, the first thing I do when I get home is put on a pot of coffee. I love the sense of routine, the smell as it brews, stirring in the sugar, watching the steaming coffee swirl around in the mug. Sometimes I carry it to my desk, but more often I take a moment to sit down and just savour it. If Ben’s at home, we sit at the kitchen table together and chat. If he’s not, I’ll settle into an armchair. I’m not there long, but I do relish that time of stillness before my work day begins.
: Styling the Seasons, by Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots :
“Reflect the change of seasons and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you”