A Backup Plan – Perhaps
Having grown very accustomed to a daily latte, I thought I might need a backup plan for my espresso machine. You know…in case the electricity goes out one morning.
Is This A Good Backup Plan?
We were out at a thrift store and I found this beauty sitting there.
It was shiny. It also looked like it could both make an espresso and steam milk. But I wasn’t sure about either of those “facts.” I picked it up and it was heavy, so I thought that was a good thing.
Then Thaddeus brings reality into the conversation. “Do we really need another ‘thing’ in the house?” “If the electricity goes out, how do you plan on grinding your espresso?” “It looks like it’s missing a part and there’s no box or instructions.”
All very valid points, but I still decided that if it was $10 or less, I’d buy it. It was $5, so it came home with me.
Turns out that it’s a Bellman CX-25 Stovetop Espresso Maker (promotional link). They go for over $200 new and at least $35 used. I felt justified in my purchase.
Then I tried to use it. I hoped against hope that this wasn’t one of those espresso makers that required a lot of testing and experimentation. Turns out that it is. But fortunately, someone on YouTube has done all the experimentation and showed me exactly how to use it.
On my second attempt, I was able to make a decent, strong cup of coffee (I wouldn’t call it espresso exactly). And the steam wand worked great…almost as good as my heavy-duty machine.
In a pinch, this machine would be an okay replacement for my current espresso/latte machine. But it’s most likely that it will go into the tag sale table box of items we’ll eventually sell.
After a large cardigan project, the scarf knitting is going much more quickly. I have both finished the first scarf and I’ve started the second. The first scarf…
It’s large, thick, colorful and warm. Everything I was hoping for. It’s about 7″ wide and 72″ long. Though measurements change based on how much stretch is going on. But it’ll be a perfect addition to the gift-scarves in September.
I started the second scarf, which I’m calling the Koknar Scarf.
Koknar is Afghan for poppy. And I know it doesn’t look like much yet, but there are a few “surprise” details I’ll share about when this scarf gets further along. Stay tuned.