Latte Literature: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Stieg Larsson’s novels percolate with a rich aromatic coffee culture, a sweet elixir for readers and coffee lovers.  Journalist Mikael Blomkvist searches for the troubled, but intrepid, Lisbeth Salander.  Upon entering her apartment he “admires in awe the espresso machine on its own table.  She had a Jura Impressa X7 with attached milk cooler.  Blomkvist knew that a Jura was the espresso equivalent of a Rolls Royce—a professional machine for domestic use that cost in the neighborhood of 70,000 kronor.  He had an espresso machine that he had bought at John Wall, which had cost around 3,500 kronor—one of the few extravagances he had allowed himself for his own household, and a fraction of the grandeur of Salander’s machine.”  The Girl Who Played with Fire by Larsson, 579

Equivalent to a Rolls Royce—What makes this machine hum?
Coffeesnobology’s research supports claims of worldwide honors.
The Jura Impressa X7 is an innovated, elegant coffee maker:  a true masterpiece featuring “the utmost in internal quality and external beauty.”
One-touch process for grinding, brewing and discarding results in a “perfect cup of coffee with exact strength, volume and temperature.”  A coffee-lover’s dream for 70,000 kronor or $10,237.36 in US dollars.
http://www.kitchen-kapers.com/jura-impressa
http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgl

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2 Responses to “Latte Literature: The Girl Who Played with Fire”

  1. Katharine Lehmkuhl Says:

    I so loved The Girl who Played with Fire! Thanks, Coffeesnobology, for the research on the Jura Impressa X7. I remember that entire part in the book and how impressed Blomkvist was with her choice. I also loved the part of the book when Lisbeth was furnishing her apartment with IKEA and a “Rosfors kitchen table of solid beechwood with a glass tabletop and four colorful chairs.” Don’t you just want to sit down in that gorgeously furnished apartment and sip a latté with Lisbeth?

  2. Lynn Says:

    Yes, I would love to have coffee with Blomkvist and Lisbeth. I recall, too, her purchases from IKEA and it seems so bright and cheerful. Larsson’s novels drip with coffee references and it helps me feel part of the scenes.

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