The next day, my dream machine turned into a nightmare.
I filled the container with water, stuck a pod into the carrier, and pressed the desired button. I waited five minutes, then 10, nothing. The message on my time screen read “Not ready.” I repeated the process once more and then again. I still came up empty.
By now, my nerves were shattered and I needed a cup of coffee badly. I removed my trusty jar of instant coffee from the shelf, filled a cup with water, followed by one minute of microwave time. It wasn’t crème caramel or Macademia nut, but it was better than nothing.
Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.