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365 x26 The Infamous Coffee Machine | by David Masters
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365 x26 The Infamous Coffee Machine

Photo 26 in my 365 day challenge, the coffee machine at Northenden Methodist Church.


Every other Wednesday or so I go along to Northenden Methodist Church to help with the community lunch. For £4, anyone in the village can come along for a three course meal, followed by tea or coffee. Most of the people who come are over 65, and there are usually one or two visitors from the autistic centre next door.


I started helping at the lunches in September. A new, expensive coffee machine had recently arrived, funded as part of a grant for a refurbished kitchen at the church. When I arrived at 9am, David, the minister, handed me the instruction manual.


Since that day, I have been known as 'coffee David'.


The coffee machine is temperamental. The coffee it pours is tasty, certainly, made from freshly ground beans. But it's also warm rather than hot. And it takes what seems like an eternity to pour a single cup.


Nowadays, we have reverted to mostly serving instant coffee. One of the ladies who helps to serve at the community lunch calls the coffee machine a 'waste of space'. I beg to differ. It takes its time making a quality cup of coffee. Some of our customers still insist on a coffee from the coffee machine.


Next month will be my last community lunch. To commemorate, I took a picture of the coffee machine. I'm the only volunteer who's worked out how to operate it. It's simple really - the one cup button for a single cup of coffee, the two cup button for a double portion. Knowing this instilled me with a certain power - the power to operate the coffee machine, to be asked for coffee by customers, to be known as 'coffee David'. I'm leaving that power behind now, and I'm hoping somebody, somehow, manages to find it and pick it up.


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Taken on June 24, 2009