Do you need an in-car espresso maker?

I think I do. I love this idea.

Granted it’s dangerous, but of course I would never use it while driving—only while stopped at a gas station or parking lot getting ready for the next leg of the journey.  I commute an hour each way, on days that I teach, and run lots of errands and a do occasional weekend road trips. So I like my car to be as “homey” as possible. My husband installed a CD player in the trunk (my little VW Beetle offers no other space for it), and my kids gave me a cassette converter that plugs into my iphone, so I can listen to music and audio books as I drive. I’ve got a nifty new travel mug—porcelain with a rubber top—a gift my son brought back from his trip to check out some California colleges. He knew just what I’d like, and found a mug short enough to fit in the tiny space my Bug allows above the cup holder. Now I’ve got practically all the comforts of home.

I once heard Pico Iyer (author of many books, including The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home) refer to his journal as a type of home. And I’ve experienced that: the “at home” comfort of being able to express myself on paper that no one else will care to read, the hospitality of blank pages willing to hold everything. A space for words to be, for my soul to be.

And a car is a place to be. As long as I need to spend so much time there, why not really inhabit the space?

Home is where your coffee maker is.

Would you agree?

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I am a Christian thinker, reader, and writer, who never travels without chocolate. See the “About” page for details.

2 Responses to "Do you need an in-car espresso maker?"

  1. thyrkas says:

    I agree completely! Plus, think of the fragrace that you would have in your car; fresh brewed coffee – yum! That aroma would help the miles fly by, I think.
    I have not read anything by Pico Iyer – must look for this author – *The Global Soul* is a very enticing title. Thanks for this info.
    Let me know when you get the espresso maker installed in your VW, Tracey. I feel a road trip coming on.


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