This is very, very boring.
A few weeks ago I shattered the glass carafe of my coffee-press. This happened about the time that I was getting ready to get rid of my coffee maker and switching full-time to my french press. It takes up less room, uses only the gas it takes to heat the water, I'd been using the new, larger press pot every morning for about 3 weeks (my prior pot had been for only a single mug of coffee...and thus morning pushed me toward the two mugs/4 servings of my coffee maker) ....and then KABLAM!
I went to Tokyu Hands in Kashiwa for a replacement glass. None was to be had. I'd looked online and knew that, of course, Bodum makes replacement glasses. It would be an utter waste to just buy a whole new press pot. I found an employe and explained this to him...then I explained that I was suuuuure it could be ordered and would wait while he checked.
I'm sure the language barrier makes me a pushy customer in Japan...but it's at least a 20$ USD savings to just buy the glass.
They could order one, it would take a week.
Then they called me to say...two weeks.
They called me. It is here today. I should have time before or after my hair appointment to pick-up and pay for it.
It comes just in time. My favorite Frenchman in Japan and my favorite French Woman in Japan, Gilles and Marion, are moving back to France next week. Their leaving makes me more aware of the long time I have been here. I preceded them and will succeed them. Their leaving also makes me the owner of a decent espresso maker...I went to pick it up on Monday. Gilles will keep us updated on his pornography, he promises.
I had an espresso maker a while ago, but I didn't used it that often because I usually forgot to buy milk for my lattes and would just amble to Tully's before work for my fix... I let the maker go...and then let the lattes go. I am back to black coffee and shots of espresso again as my coffee source. I also am on a train before my Tully's opens...so, I am brewing daily. There are times I could use a quick shot in place of a cup...when I am running late and know the train to be too crowded for my travel mug.
Once I get the press-pot replacement glass (which makes enough for two mugs, in case I host company) I'll get rid of the coffee maker and put the espresso maker in its place.
There is some merit to buying a back-up presspot, but who needs merit when you've got shots of espresso? YAY espresso!
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