November 17, 2013

Coffeeneuring Ride 6

The stage: another reprieve from winter, and a beautiful one. The sky was blue, temperatures in the mid-50s, no wind. And the next-to-last possible day for a coffeeneuring ride.

The timing: with chores taken care of, it was after 2:00 before I got on the bike. There is only one coffee shop with an espresso machine in a 12-mile radius of home, so that's where I rode.

The ride: about 11.5 miles northwest, on a state road. This road always feels busy, though I have no idea why: there really aren't all that many of us who live around here, so we must drive all the time.

The coffee: I ordered an espresso, had been looking forward to it. Immediately, I knew things had gone wrong when the person behind the counter cut the top off a small foil packet. I asked if they made instant espresso. No, we use pods. Pods, I thought, I shell peas from them in the springtime. But not that ... pods, that is a group of whales. But in this case she took a small paper disc out of the little packet and plunked it down where fragrant, finely ground, fresh, esprsso coffee should go.

I took it out to drink on the step, in the sun, next to my bike. Let me just say it was terrible. Horrible. Undrinkable. So, I took a photo: my bike, next to plastic imitations of greens and pumpkins. With imitation espresso. Then I poured out the remainder.




The ride home was fine.





4 comments:

  1. It worked this time. Maybe it was my machine.

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    1. Glad it worked this time ... but that wasn't what you wanted to say!

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  2. It's the inevitable march of progress. You can now buy nifty machines that will make mediocre coffee in the privacy of your own home. I am glad that it was a sunny day at least.

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    1. It is certainly the inevitable march, but ... progress? Indeed we can buy those mediocre coffee machines here, too. Bet if I put a "pod" into one at home I might be able to make equally horrid coffee right here in my own kitchen.

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