Next year it will be ten years since Mr Coffee and I were married.
Ten years since our lives were changed.
No, they were not changed by marriage. They were changed by a gift - a stovetop espresso maker.
These have been happy years. Putting the coffee on, frothing the milk... and in later years, carrying the coffee cup around trying to find a safe place to put it to avoid tiny hands (this activity can go on until well after the coffee has gone cold).
This year we decided to celebrate with an early Christmas present to ourselves.
I present to you - the dishwasher-friendly new centre of The Coffee House. (See how it shines!!)
Because affection and tradition are all very well, but scrubbing a coffee pot out with a steelwool several times in a weekend just won't do.
Apologies to all of you who came here today expecting something interesting. But let's face it, you knew where you were coming. You should have known there would be some coffee geekery around the corner. It was only a matter of time.