Updated: Jan 5, 2021
Acclaimed Michelin-star chef, Oscar Torrijos. (Photo by the author)
My friend, acclaimed, Valencia-based chef, Oscar Torrijos, appeared at my home in Holland and I immediately offered him a cup of coffee.
Noticing the Nespresso machine on my kitchen counter, he sprung up from his chair and said, “not from that thing!” He calmed down when I showed him the “cafetera,” or moka pot that I was going use to make him a “real” cup of coffee.
After cutting open a fresh, silver-colored bag of Segafredo coffee, I went to pour the contents of the bag into the white, tin coffee canister that sits on our window ledge but failed to notice it was half filled with water.
I quickly salvaged just enough coffee to fill the cafetera and set it on the stove before Oscar caught a glimpse of what had happened.
He then came over and started decorating some cookies that had been cooling on the countertop and placed them on a platter to serve to my daughters who were eagerly looking on as Oscar decorated the cookies.
Then I woke up.