Having neither umbrella nor rain jacket with us, and also lulled into peaceful somnolence by the rain, we decided to stay right where we were. We were renting our Venetian studio for $89 per day, so why not do some staycation in it?
The psychotherapist who owns the studio had three espresso pots (moka pots, or macchinetta) on top of his refrigerator. We put those little pots to good use that rainy morning.
A little tutorial on coffee-making, Italian-American style. Begin with your supplies: ground coffee and your moka pot.
Fill the boiler/lower half of the moka pot with water. Spoon ground coffee into the basket. A lot of coffee makes espresso. A little less makes a strong, dark cup for an americana like myself.
Fit the basket into the pot. Screw on the top of the pot, which is currently empty.
Put it on the stove. Light the stove, which involves turning on the gas, a short match, and your hand. Watch out!
Pour your fresh coffee into a teacup.
Add a little zucchero.
And a tad of whole milk.
And then sip and enjoy! While the creepy anthropological photo smokes in the background and your darling daughter (a future coffee aficionado, clearly) takes it all in.
We spent our last day in Venice day in the kitchen, reading silently and aloud, drinking teacup after teacup of strong dark coffee, and charming (and being charmed by) our daughter. Speaking of whom, we discovered this day that Lena has a tooth! A little sharp white nubbin working its way out of her lower jaw. Baby’s getting so big!