I’ve recently begun reading the Interesting Thing of the Day, a fantastic weblog written by my friend Joe Kissell. ITotD isn’t a daily link to a Web page; Joe finds something interesting, explains why it’s interesting, and gives some background on it. Absolutely required reading, and I’m ashamed that I haven’t been reading it longer.
In this case, he’s talking about superautomatic coffee machines. If I had a grand right now, I might consider buying one of these. Perhaps in the future.
In the meantime, I limp by with a Krups Mini espresso maker at home, a nicer La Pavoni machine at the office, but mostly I spend too much money at Herkimer and Diva Espresso. I’m getting more and more spoiled by quality coffee, though. In Friday Harbor today (where I wrapped up a week’s vacation), I had what I’m sure was a decent latte. But it was actually quite bitter, making me realize that good coffee is truly hard to find. (Semi-unrelated: apparently there is NO good espresso to be had on the Eastside — Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland area — except for Victor’s Coffee Co. in Redmond. I’ve been to Victor’s a long time ago and can vouch for it. But for whatever reason, the best you can get throughout most of the Eastside is Starbucks.)