A quick clarification:
I’m considering cheating… on my current drip style coffee maker. It’s true, I have lust in my heart for something shiny and new (just like a man, isn’t it?), but we’ll get to that in a moment.
My wife has been teasing me that half of my tweets are about coffee. I’m sure not even a third are about coffee, nonetheless even Klout says I’m influential in coffee. Thus this post.
Wait… this blog’s about coffee?
If you are reading this and thinking to yourself, “I thought this was a Daddy Blog… why is he talking about coffee?”, then you probably aren’t a parent. Just sayin’…
I’ve found very few parents for whom some some sort of caffeine consumption is not part of their daily ritual. What is your beverage of choice? Mine happens to be coffee… but not just any coffee.
So buy a new Mr Coffee already!
Blasphemy! I’m sorry if you love your Mr. Coffee machine, but I grew up in Europe. My high-school cafeteria in Vienna had an espresso machine. Really. And so I’m just a bit picky… snobby says my wife.
I’m not saying no one in Europe uses a drip style coffee maker, nor am I saying they make better coffee than we do in our homes here in North America. Wait… actually I am kinda saying that.
What’s an alternative to drip?
A lot of people swear by their French Press coffee makers, e.g. Bodum. Are they called “Freedom Presses” now? Hmmm… but I digress. And some people swear by grandma’s percolator:
One problem with drip, press and perk is the amount of time the water stays on the ground coffee. More time means it picks up more acidity… and on the plus side more caffeine.
So what does Daddy prefer?
My goodness, you’re still reading this. I’m flattered. You must have had your coffee already today. I’m American, but as I mentioned I spent many formative years in Europe.
They say your taste-buds develop preferences as a child, and mine grew to prefer espresso based drinks. Did I mention “lust” earlier? Here is the subject of my unnatural affection:
This gleaming beauty is a La Pavoni manual lever, piston driven bit of Italian engineering. You don’t need to spring for this gold plated brass model, but isn’t it sexy… er, I mean well designed?
I know you have been fretting about what to get for my birthday in October… or the mere 150 days left until Christmas, so I thought I’d help you out with your gift list. Thoughtful aren’t I?
What’s YOUR beverage & how do you make it?
*Note: If you click on the image and buy this for me from from Amazon, I might get just enough commission on the sale to purchase one bag of Starbucks espresso roast to put in it. 😉