I absolutely love the word “egregious”. It’s one of those words that I learned at school as a way of remembering Latin vocabulary. One rainy afternoon in an otherwise boring second form Latin class, the teacher explained to an eager bunch of 12-year-olds that the word ‘grex’ means ‘herd’, as in ‘egregious’. We looked blankly at her. “Literally, it’s e-, ‘outside of’ grex ‘the herd’. Egregious is something that stands apart. Something outstanding or exceptional.” The explanation stayed with me but in that last [number withheld!] years I have racked my brains but never found an opportunity to use the word. Until […]
About 13 years ago I bought a coffee maker. It was an espresso machine - you know the ones, just like you see in Starbucks, lots of steam coming out, lots of noise (mostly from you banging the old coffee grounds out of the holder).
Most importantly for me, though, it was a machine from a "real" coffee maker brand: the people who make the coffee machines in Italian restaurants.
Well, my espresso machine has finally been retired, and last week I bought a Nespresso machine. It's made by Magimix, the blender people. Not a name I'd associate with fine coffee.
And yet... I feel so much better about the Nespresso purchase than when I bought the old machine.
And it's not just about the fact it makes excellent coffee (and anyone who spends much time around me knows I *LOVE* my coffee).
It's about the whole experience of opening up the box.
When I bought my old espresso maker, it was about £140 ($210), and that was 13 years ago, so maybe it would be a £200/$300 coffee machine by today's standards.
The Nespresso was £110/$175.
It's a cheaper machine. So I had lower expectations...
I’ve been reading. It’ll be no great shock to anyone who knows me or indeed who has followed this blog over the years. The fact is, the demise of Borders merely made way for more time sitting in Costa downloading ebooks to the Kindle app on my iPad rather than sitting in Starbucks leafing through paper books
But my latest read has been a “real” book. With hard covers no less!