Daily Archives: Saturday, 24th Jul 2010

Les Does the Happy Coffee Dance

OK, that’s more of a virtual dance. Me doing an actual dance would more than likely remind any witnesses of the hippos from Fantasia, so we’ll pass over that quickly. Anyway, I’ve mentioned before that I like to use the quite superb Illy coffee in my espresso machine. Nothing else I’ve found (including good blends from local suppliers) manages to produce such good results in my machine, and short of getting a mind-bogglingly expensive grinder, I’m not going to get such good results from beans. But there’s a problem. Illy do two varieties[1] – a normal roast (which has a red stripe on the tin) and a dark roast (which has a black stripe on the tin). Now after drinking a lot of coffee, I found that the dark roast was much more to my taste, and was exactly what I wanted from my espresso. But it proved hard to find – my local Tesco sold it for a while, the it disappeared. I managed to get some from a supplier on the internet, but even they couldn’t get it after a while.

And so I stopped looking, and reverted to the perfectly nice, but not ideal standard roast. Time passed, and I still enjoyed my espresso, and I almost forgot about how it could be just that little bit better. But then, O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay![2]. I was doing my usual shopping in Tesco, went to get my usual weekly tin of Illy[3], and there it was on the shelf:

Now that's what I call coffee

Now that's what I call coffee

Well, that’s it in front of my Gaggia, actually, but you get the idea. Yes, it’s back, and I’m buying more extra tins to keep for emergencies…

And yes, my espresso is now back to being what it should have been all along. :bouncy:

[1] Apart from the not to be mentioned “D” word stuff
[2] Slithy Toves optional
[3] I keep a couple of spares in the cupboard in case of emergencies, of course

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 July 2010

Back down today. More randomness, or something.

Here’s another picture from Devil’s Bridge. As we lacked the time and the knees to do the long walk around the falls, we took the short one to the Punchbowl, where you can see some nicely dramatic water movement, and the bowl it’s carved out over the years:

The Punchbowl

The Punchbowl

This is known as the Punchbowl, or indeed the Devil’s Punchbowl.

Ode to Forgetfulness

This feels oddly familiar – Mack Dryden singing about something that comes to us all sooner or later…

Worth watching right to the end.

I’ve done the “why am I in this room?” thing more times than I can, errr, remember. :duh: :dizzy:

Have to blame my brother[1] for alerting me to this one.

[1] Hi, err, umm, what’s your name again? :wave: