You see, a sobremesa is not just going out for a coffee date, which let’s be honest, sometimes coffee dates turn into an Instagram photo op. Sobremesas happen organically and are seen as an “after meal” moment. I come from a Hispanic family so we always have amazing meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but something magical happens when everyone is finishing up and someone requests a cup of coffee. Usually the realest talks are about to go down when that happens.
My family usually spends hours after dinner with a coffee in hand and we talk about life, dreams, and the awkward stories no one wants to hear about your childhood. We’ve planned trips, had heart to hearts, and ended up celebrating even the smallest of things. Sobremesa is that weird tradition that just happens and is never taught but will be carried on forever. These are the moments that help me realize that life is happening and we need to slow down and spend it with those we love most, especially over coffee.