My Little Cup of Calm

My-Cup-of-Joe-011-Final   Turning in early on a Friday night leads to a restful and productive Saturday morning. Refreshed, I often seek refuge from the busy week with my thoughts and a cappuccino at Collective Espresso in Over-the-Rhine, Ohio. It’s a place of community, conversation, and solitude if needed. It’s not just a cup that I am having, rather it is an experience that is gained from my time spent here. Not only is their brew near perfect, but their hospitality is second to none. Orders are often remembered and new-comers are treated as regulars. Keen attention to detail partnered with a true sense of craft  is deeply appreciated by every foot through the door. There’s an aesthetic that is undeniably pleasing to the soul.

I recently shared an article titled, “The Idler” (via Kinfolk magazine) in which writer Nikaela Marie Peters expressed her views on the art of doing nothing.  Tragic as it seems, we live in a world that is constantly on the move. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but Nikaela’s words encouraged one to truly step out of life’s ever-moving train to enjoy the beauty of the present moment. Collective Espresso is my stop.

We’d love to hear how you break away from the busy world. Send submissions to and we’ll be sharing a selected few on our daily journal blog.



Christopher Dam

Christopher Dam is a senior writer/photographer with A&H Magazine