Il Caffè


I know, technically caffè translates to coffee, but for all intents and purposes, it means espresso.



Ryan bought a classic Italian coffee pot. It’s really kind of interesting. You put water in the bottom, espresso in the middle, and you stick the whole thing on the stove like a teapot. When the water boils, it comes up through the espresso, through a column in the center of the pot, and lands in the top half of the pot. When it’s ready, you just pour it into a cup. Ta-daaa! Espresso! He’s still perfecting the coffee itself . . . piano, piano. :)

So, I asked Ryan if he would take a picture of his coffee pot for me. He came back with a whole series of portraits of all of the coffee-making implements that we own. And I quote “I thought it might help to point out the irony of the fact that I still can’t figure out how to make a good cup of coffee.”


Coffee Anyone?

Coffee Anyone? Who wants to experiment?

The problem isn’t so much the implements, the problem is that there are too many variables. There is the espresso machine that had a funny smelling gasket, the milk that’s not really milk (they store it unrefrigerated), the coffee – there are a million kinds of coffee (and apparently they taste different), and the water – which is loaded with calcium. Using the scientific method, one hypothesis at a time, Ryan is acquitting various coffee variables of their crimes . . . and hopefully getting closer to the perfect cup.

I just hope he figures it out before we leave – because he’s slowly getting me addicted, and it’ll be expensive to fly back here just for a cup of coffee.

Of course, it’s still possible to get a taste of home – clearly labeled, in big english letters, is the only type of regular drip coffee available in a never-ending aisle of espresso:



A taste of home






Filed under Culture, Mishaps

2 responses to “Il Caffè

  1. Mystery solved.

    I’ve been searching everywhere for a new coffee maker; all stores have hung “sold out” signs. They kept mumbling something about shipments diverted to a foreign country.

    Can you send me a spare?

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