Soya like coffee, do you?

27 12 2011

A couple of years ago, my wife asked me if I’d like an espresso machine for Christmas. As a great consumer of all things caffeinated (i after e despite lack of c) , I’ve always loved the idea of an espresso machine, but in a brief spasm of sensibility said that I knew I’d hardly ever use it, and as they cost more than a Canon zoom lens (as a purely random comparison), I felt the money could be better spent elsewhere. This didn’t seem to be the right answer, and I eventually succumbed, in the cause of domestic harmony.

I even have a T-shirt with the caffeine molecule… I delight in responding to the question “what is it?” with “my addictive drug of choice”.

Caffeine T-shirt

Caffeine T-shirt

So anyway, “my” new machine is quite a feat of engineering. It’s a Saeco. I discovered (I love discovering new things) while researching this blog entry that they’re now owned by Philips. I particularly like Philips DVD players because they’re decent players and are capable of being region-free without any dismantling or downloading dodgy patches. Important if you like watching foreign films. Just sayin’…

Saeco Odea Go

Saeco Odea Go

Anyway, while it turns out to indeed be true that I rarely use the machine, being (i) fundamentally a lazy bugger, and (ii) impatient, it turns out to get lots of usage at the hands of my much less lazy or impatient wife. Funny how these things work out. On high days and holidays though, I actually get to use “my” present… primarily to make my wife a coffee. Today was such a day, and the request was for a latte made with chocolate soya milk. I blame the fact we moved to the Pacific Northwest that I even knew what that meant. Back in the old country, coffee was either black or white. That was the only selection to be made. If you wanted to get fancy, you might offer sugar. (Royalty reportedly had brown sugar). Starbucks famously could not turn a profit in the UK for several years… the culture would not support their pricing for “poncy drinks”. Things change…

So anyway, I was quite impressed with the way it turned out, and thought I’d share a photo of the results!

Bottoms up! (A favourite position).