Here's an update on the coffee situation, because I know you've all been worried about this disaster.
I thank people for their support in these difficult times, although I have to wonder about the kind of people who suggested using boiling water, socks and coffee grounds. I realize some people seem to drink coffee the way if comes on airplanes, but really... Let's all raise our expectations a bit. Plus, if that
was the kind of coffee machine that had broken, I'd not have had to call the East coast to get it sorted out, now would I?
As others figured out, I've had a Jura superautomatic for almost fifteen years now. Not the same machine for all that time - I'm on my second one, because the first one started breaking after ten years of valiant service.
Because while I'd like to tell you that I grow and grind my own coffee and use a manual press to get the required 10+ bar of water pressure, but I'd be lying.
I enjoy the concept
of being super-serious about my coffee, and roasting my own beans, and grinding them, and just being very hands-on, but at the same time, the last thing I want to do when I'm bleary-eyed in the morning is to do anything that requires hand-eye coordination and any amount of concentration. So no, the kind of coffee machine I have, I press a button, and magic happens, and it grinds the beans for me, tamps it, extracts the coffee, froths the milk, and makes me a decent latte without me having to actually ever open my eyes.
Anyway, the Jura service center is apparently in Pennsylvania, and it seems that CNN was making a bit more of the East coast trouble than was really appropriate (no, really? I'm shocked). Because while the service center -or at least the service call part - was closed due to inclement weather on Monday, on Tuesday things were up and running again, on Wednesday I had my UPS shipping label, and today I got notified that the coffee maker arrived, got fixed, and should be on its way back.
Quite impressive turnaround +JURA
. Despite the apparent collapse of civilization on Monday.
But I have learnt my lesson. I now have a backup. It's not fully automatic, and I have to actually wake up enough to grind and tamp my coffee and froth my milk myself, but I am making do and feeling very Robinson Crusoe about it all.
And am now ready for the next coffeegeddon.