What is Sobremesa and Why You Should be Doing it Too
I love when blogging, culture, and COFFEE collide. Those of you that know me, know I love coffee, and as much as I’m head over heels for coffee, I’m way more madly in love with my family. Family has always been important to me. Our time together has always been precious, but this summer it became even more precious after our accident. I believe I love hard because of my own upbringing; seeing love and laughter marry over various tables, card games, maybe a little chisme (gossip), and countless cups of after-dinner-coffee. Sobremesa!
Sobremesa is a meaningful time in hispanic culture to connect with family and friends after dinner, usually chatting away about life, it’s best served with a good cup of coffee and maybe a sweet or two. Growing up I did not realize there was name for what my family did, we just did it. The smell of dinner would be swept away by the intoxicating smell of coffee that I wasn’t allowed to have (heavy eye roll, because my dad isn’t looking 😀 ), but what I did get to enjoy was the laughter. The laughter and loud voices were so jubilant, I wanted those moments to last forever. And they have! Well, they last forever in my memory, and hopefully my children will have lasting memories of our own sobremesa.
Life is rushing all around us. We have a zillion things to do and we want to finish them now. Our culture has become quite plugged in. This can be good, but it’s also distracting. We gobble down meals to get to work, and we can now do work from our phones! But the best work we’ll ever work on is our life: our loves, our friends, our families- connections! Those are the things that matter most. Every once in a while we need to slow down. When you take the time to relax and take in the moment life is less heavy. Sobremesa is a time to let it go, laugh, recharge, and reconnect- it’s awesome! My husband and I have been curators of sobremesa for some time, without even knowing it.
We’re nomadic, so when we get family and friends to visit it means everything to us. We savor all the time we can get with our guests and yes, that means coffee time! It’s wonderful to laugh over coffee and learn more about friends and family. We even share the table with our babies, they can’t have coffee just yet, but boy are they trying. My ten-year-old thought the Nescafé Clasico was for her. 😀 Nope, all Papa’s and Mama’s BUUUTT we did share the extra goodies, some hot chocolate, and tons of laughs. One of the things we like to do with our kids over sobremesa is ask them questions like cake or donuts, Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, those questions lead to more questions, which then leads to conversation party of five. 🙂
Sobremesa is for lovers
My husband and I have always made sobremesa time for the two of us. Since we’re far away from family and friends sometimes we have to make time at home. We’ve always called this time “coffee dates”, I’ve referenced our coffee dates here before. We would wait until the kids went to bed, then make ourselves coffee and enjoy each other’s company. Yesterday, my love and I had our own #MomentoNESCAFE, the kids were in school, we had lunch, and then we chatted over Nescafe Clasico. No phones, no internet, no kids, just us. It was nice to talk about life, work, blogging, politics, and laugh. Unfortunately, our sobremesa felt like un memento because my husband had to get back to work, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was a time to connect, just the two of us coffee-loving lovers. And that’s the beauty of sobremesa, it doesn’t have to be big, it doesn’t have to be right after dinner, we had lunch, and you don’t have to be a hispanic to celebrate connections. Laughter, love, good conversation, and coffee transcends. 🙂
NESCAFÉ Clásico wants to keep the sobremesa tradition going strong and remind you that you could enjoy a great moment any day of the week simply by bringing coffee to the table after dinner… or lunch. 😉 I encourage you to watch this video of two groups enjoying sobremesa with #MomentoNESCAFE, one party has Nescafé Clasico and the other well you’ll see…
Does your family linger around the table and enjoy each other’s company? Do you have a sobremesa story, if so share your story on social media using #MomentoNESCAFE (Nescafe Facebook). Which party would you want to be at in the video?
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