distractions for the caffeinated

A weekend full of antics with the parents screeched to a halt at a calm sunny Monday. Today, Central New York traded its fiery attire in for a more modest costume of breezy, sit-on-the-porch-all-day comfort. The weekend’s heat wave might have left us withered, but it also coaxed out that summer feeling. Hence a Monday where it was worth getting up before 7, running 7.5 miles, browsing for a dress to wear to a July wedding, and an hour of porch-sitting on a street much quieter than ours.

Getting our replacement espresso machine (scroll down for photo) was a close second to the thrill of having my folks here for a few days. But even the thought of waking up to this beauty every morning isn’t amusing me lately as much as this video. Feast your eyes, feminists and coffee geeks alike:

As with many cultural and historical anecdotes, this video amused and disgusted me. It got me thinking about a conversation I had with friends over wine last week about wanting recognition and appreciation, and how food often provides that — whether we like it or not. Women’s rolls have changed, that is certain. But I have no trouble admitting to a compulsion to feed people I love and be praised for it. Is this not a universal desire for food-lovers, regardless of their sex? I happen to have a darling partner whose quest for the perfect cup of espresso directly benefits me. And I would never, ever think of treating him like this fictional husband treated his wife. Maybe I can just hope it wasn’t actually like that. (Was it?)

Her little cries of “gee,” and wanting to please others to the point of deprecation. Him calling the women at the office “girls.” Her squeals of delight when she finally gets his coffee “right.” The subtleties at the end of a promised reward for her job well done (wink wink, nudge nudge). Sigh. I’m not thinking we’ve got it all right these days either. I’m just thinking wow, they actually got away with that. What will future generations say about our commercials?

And for those of you who care, the latest addition to our colony:

machine

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4 responses to “distractions for the caffeinated

  1. One of my hobbies over the last two years has been trying to figure out the intricacies of roasting and brewing coffee. I don’t have an espresso machine that is capable of tolerable espresso, but I’ve been researching them for the day I have the money to spend. Can’t say I’ve come across this one. What is it? And what’s the verdict on it’s performance and functionality?

  2. This is a La Pavoni Europiccola. Williams-Sonoma was discontinuing these since they weren’t selling well. So, it was 699 regular and on sale for 299. Since we had an old machine from there that was crapping out, (and was conveniently priced the same) we straight-up traded the old machine for the new one.

    This is a lever machine, so all of the pressure needed to pull shots comes from your arms. It’s not that hard given the length of the lever, but it does involve one more variable. If you search the name of the machine on Youtube, you can find lots of videos of them in operation.

    Or, the next time you come visit, you can play with the machine to your heart’s content. (Or, if we come down there sometime, I’ll bring it with me.)

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