I wander down to the home office at the end of the hall…
J – ‘So, with the new machine, how much coffee to water do you usually use?’
N – ‘Two scoops for five cups.’
I try to make imperceptible my expression of panic.
J – ‘OK.’
I pause and then calmly pad down to the kitchen, careful to not break into a run.
Moments later, Neil slips into the kitchen. Spots me spooning soaked coffee grounds out of the top of the machine. The machine continues to gurgle through its demanding task.
N – ‘How much did you put in?’
J – ‘One to one.’
N – ‘Oh, that’s fine. Just add more water.’
J – ‘I was already making twelve cups…’ *
*Additional funny bit: being unfamiliar with the new coffee maker, I was unaware that I had it set to ‘slow filter’ which makes this stuff double strength. I could sell my coffee on street corners…