Walked downstairs to work this morning — I love home office — and discovered to my dismay that the espresso machine hadn’t switched on. Because it takes a while to warm up, I keep it on a timer switch. The timer had worked, but investigation revealed that the main power switch had failed due to about 7 years of thermal stress. Fortunately, I was prepared. When the switch started to feel “soft” a couple of weeks ago, I logged on to eBay and found a random company in China selling identical replacement neon-lit 240V/15A rated panel switches.
Now that I’m married to a professional barista, it became time to upgrade our coffee machine. Our Starbucks pump espressio machine had offered loyal service for several years, but rothko wanted something with a full size brewhead, like you’d find on a professional machine in an Italian espresso bar. Fortunately her job, plus a tax refund and bonus from work, meant we could afford to spend a bit. After a ton of research, we settled on the Expobar Brewtus II.
Needed to grab coffee between meetings this morning. Starbucks was closest, so… For those who don’t know: Starbucks coffee has around 3x the caffeine of filter coffee you’d make at home. That’s one reason why I generally only have espresso drinks there. (And given other options, I generally don’t go there at all.) Except today. So by 11:00, my ears were ringing. And that was the mild blend.