38 Espresso – An After-Christmas Taste Treat!

Tim (my son) who is a coffee aficionado, bought me some ’38 Coffee’ whole beans for Christmas. I’d duped him into thinking I was getting a brand new professional Gaggia from Santa, and he kindly thought that I’d need some beans for the big day – and of course to make him a decent cup of Americano. I was lying, of course – a serious breach of ethics, and one of those conscience riddled challenges that we all face from time to time.

’38 Coffee’ Beans, in the Gaggia grinder’s hopper – Fujifilm X-T4, Classic Chrome Film Simulation, F=55mm, f/2.8 @ 1/60th Sec on ISO500

He’d borrowed my Gaggia bean grinder, and Janette and I thought we should buy him one of his own for Christmas, so I needed him to bring mine back, (he sometimes forgets to to return things – like my power drill…) and take his own one home, without dropping a hint that we were buying him one for himself. So the pragmatic thing to do was to act like a politician, and spin a web of cunning and deceit, and make the spin exaggerated enough to be incredulous, hence my fairy tale that I was getting a real coffee-shop style professional Gaggia from Santa…

Anyway, I got the beans on Christmas Day, and on Boxing Day I got out the original Classic Gaggia, dusted it off, and ground the beans. Thankfully after a deep clean, the old Gaggia still worked, even though it’s been untouched in the cupboard under the stairs for about three years.

Fujifilm X-T4, F=20mm, f/2.8, @ 1/60th Sec on ISO500

I first tasted coffee by ’38 Espresso’ in Comber, where one of the local garages sold it from a ‘ready-made coffee’ machine, but sadly that shop changed hands and became affiliated with one of the big voluntary retailer groups, who installed their own coffee machines, with their own house blend. Now, if you want to have your ’38 Espresso’ made in a cafe you can drive down to Newcastle, Co.Down and visit Base Coffee Shop on Central Promenade, https://www.facebook.com/basecoffeeco/

The results were just perfect. The ’38 Coffee’ is one of my favourite brands, coming from a small company local to us, here in Northern Ireland. These beans were ground fine for Espresso, and steamed, well-stretched milk added to make a delicious smooth cappuccino. So good I had to make a second cup.

Fujifilm X-T4, 55mm f/2.8 @ 1/60th Sec on ISO500

If you’d like to try some 38 Espresso for yourself, or just to find out more, click this link… https://38espresso.co.uk. You won’t regret it! (Unless of course, you have suffered from Covid-19 and lost your taste!). And if you want to know why it’s called ’38’ – you’ll find out on that website.

Beautiful coffee always makes me hungry, and so a light lunch of Christmas leftovers, always the traditional fare for Boxing Day provided a light alternative to the large portions of Christmas Day.

Fujifilm X-T4, F=55mm, f/2.8 @ 1/60th Sec on ISO320.