A few months ago we got an email from the Dearliest’s uncle. He needed to clear out his stuff from a warehouse in Oregon and was looking for a home for a vintage coffee grinder, was anyone in the family interested?
The Dearliest jumped on the opportunity, because he loves coffee and antique equipment and oh yes, did I mention the 5 hp steam engine that powered it?
I was fascinated and interested, then excited on top of it all when his uncle mentioned the steam engine is exactly the same sort that powered The African Queen in the Humphrey Bogart movie (one of my long time favorites).
“We’ll take it!!”
The Dearliest’s brother (the one who lives in Oregon) kindly picked up the grinder and engine for us, and last weekend the Dearliest made a quick trip to get it.
He is in the research stage now. In the mean time, the kids are all set to open a coffee shop with it. Arc just wants to run the engine.
It made me want to see “The African Queen” (which I haven’t seen in 15 or so years), so last night we watched it with the kids and enjoyed the adventure all over again.
“Can you make a torpedo? Then doso, Mr. Allnut.”