Manly Cup of Coffee

IMG_4548My favorite wedding gift was an espresso machine from my little brother. Having worked as a barista I’m a master frother and very particular about how I like my latte. I’d always wanted one and it rocked being able to freshly grind the beans and pull my own espresso.

The problem with home espresso is that it’s messy. Little grains of coffee bean get everywhere not to mention wiping down the machine when your done. It’s a lot of work for one cup of coffee and when life was busy it was tough to find time to enjoy this luxury.

After laying dormant for over a year I got a craving for some homestyle lattes and brought my machine out of retirement.

Of course it didn’t work.

The steamer wand was kickin’ out power but the brewing mechanism had a block. It made lots of noise and still I was staring at an empty cup.

So what do men do when faced with situations like this?

We start taking stuff apart [audible grunt]:





The Result

You put it back together and the dark rich syrup does flow:



So tasty. Starbucks doesn’t even come close.


10 Responses to “Manly Cup of Coffee”

  1. 1 worshipcity September 12, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Excellent! Perfect timing too, think you could recommend just a simple coffee pot for me? I don’t even think I said that correctly 🙂
    But since I’ve been at our church I’ve become an avid coffee drinker. But instead of buying a 2.00 cup of coffee I was thinking I could save some money, buy a coffee maker and do my own deal in the morning.
    However, I don’t even know what I”m looking at or looking for! The only criteria: I want it to auto brew for me and wake up to the delectable smell of coffee in the morning while still laying in bed!
    Any suggestions?

  2. 2 Billy Chia September 12, 2007 at 7:42 pm


    When you order some coffee they send you a nice coffee maker w/ an autobrew timer for FREE. They’re coffee is pretty decent so you will probably enjoy the first pack then send you. You then need to remember to cancel or they’ll keep sending you “the flavor of the month.” It’s kinda like a bad CD club.

  3. 3 alex mclean September 13, 2007 at 12:41 am

    this is really weird, I posted this about an hour or so ago. I just checked my google reader and found yours… WIERD!

  4. 4 Sarah Chia September 13, 2007 at 5:38 am

    I’m so happy you fixed it. You make a mean latte…that is if lattes can be mean.

  5. 5 mudpuppy September 13, 2007 at 7:14 am

    I have a coffee post in the making too. I’ll give you a sneak preview into one of my new favorite blogs…

  6. 6 mudpuppy September 13, 2007 at 7:41 am

    ps. I’d love your input on this post!


  7. 7 Fred McKinnon September 13, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    You and Alex … mr. fixer-uppers.


  8. 9 inWorship September 13, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    You are so right. There is nothing more manly than a great cup of coffee 🙂

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