Friday, May 13, 2016

Morning Coffee

As a rule, I drink two cups of coffee in the morning.

Gone are the days when I drank coffee all day and even had a cup after dinner--and never decaf.  When I was a working mom, the sleep deprivation made it kind of necessary in order to function.  These days, if I had a cup of coffee after lunch, I would be awake all night.

But I do like my morning coffee.  Now I mix regular and decaf.  I can't quite seem to kick caffeine entirely.

Wednesday morning there was no milk, no white stuff of any kind.  Thursday morning my sone left a note on the coffee maker--carafe was cracked.  Desperate times!

I was not able to find a replacement carafe.  At least I was not able to dedicate my entire day to finding one.  So I bought a Mr. Coffee--a little five cup one for around 15 dollars.  I was thinking that I never drink more than two cups so why not.

What I forgot about is that the manufacturers of coffee makers definition of a cup is, at best, half of what any normal coffee drinker would consider a cup.  Still it works for me and my kitchen is so small, the little coffee maker looks better on the counter.

I think maybe Kevin had to make two pots so he could have his morning fix and fill up his thermos for work.  His idea of cutting back on caffeine was to stop using his espresso machine every day.

K-CUPS
Not for a single second did I even consider those single serving pods.  I have always considered them an abomination.  Over packaging.  Environmentally detrimental, non-recyclable.  Now the inventor is sorry himself.

I know there have been efforts to make the little cups recyclable and that there are reusable little pods.  Economic competition can be a good thing.  But I am still not interested.  For one thing, it's a honking big machine for one cup of coffee and it would totally ruin the feng shui of my kitchen.
And there is no clock on it!

23 comments:

  1. I love coffee, too, and drink 5 cups every morning with skim milk.

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  2. Gloria Jeans makes great decaf coffees. I always keep a supply of their decaf butter toffee in my freezer (order online.) :)

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  3. I definitely need my caffeine kick in the morning. Tea is my beverage of choice. Without the caffeine, I would certainly be dragging through my day. Two cups will do. More than that and I have problems sleeping.

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  4. Tom makes a pot of coffee in the morning - Decaf only. I don't drink coffee in the morning, unless I am in a restaurant, then I have a cup of regular. At home I warm up a cup of decaf with 1/3 skim milk, 2/3 coffee to have with chocolate after my lunch, and again in the evening. It's my cheap latte.
    Jill has a Keurig machine because she is a tea drinker and has it so people who come over can make their own beverage of choice. Otherwise, I think they are a waste too.

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  5. We do not use pods either, a conscious environmental choice. I do drink decaf, a lot, morning and evening.

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  6. I had the 5 cupper for many years but when the last one died I upgraded to a large pot. I agree though, the smaller machines fit the kitchen much better. I bet you'll be very happy with it.

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  7. I love my coffee, too, especially if I can get Starbucks when I'm out. I don't complain about the cost because I don't have other vices.

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  8. Coincidentally, I just bought the same Mr Coffee pot after using a 10 cup pot for years, and I am quite happy with it. I also have started mixing some decaf in with the regular coffee so it is a bit gentler on me. I had trouble finding paper filters for the smaller pot (it came with a gold filter basket but I tired of the sediment pretty quickly) but finally found the filters at Big Y. Just FYI. :)

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    1. Big Y is not a VT thing, but I can find the smaller filters at the grocery store.

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  9. My hubby is a coffee snob! He is quite religious about his coffee! :-) I love it. It was an important part of my morning when I was teaching!

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  10. What a coincidence! Someone just sent me a YouTube of George Clooney with Nespresso:
    https://youtu.be/VQA3DyKJ1yw

    Apparently it's supposed to be sustainable, etc. Hey... if George likes it...

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    1. That was cute. Espresso is too much for me--even if George Clooney served it to me.

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  12. I use to love my coffee--2 cups in AM---but when my heart got acting funny I decided to quit. Mercy, the withdrawal was unpleasant with bad headaches for a few days. Like a normal addict, reading your post made me wish I was back on the coffee kick. I do miss the lift. Herbal teas just don't make it but I will remain caffeine sober.

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  13. I just saw that it was on Marianna of Hattie's Web.
    http://hattie.typepad.com/hatties_web/2016/05/this-is-what-i-think-about-when-i-use-my-nespresso-machine-and-i-dont-mean-recycling-great-looking-guy-fantastic-snob-appe.html#comments

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  14. Oops, we own a KEURIG, boy do we own one. This thing has all sorts of bells and whistles. It has a clock. I did not buy it but that's another story. I do not like it because it is so big, overpowering in size. Mine is red. Love that. Like everything else, Bob and I like very different coffees. I like it for having fresh coffee when I want a cup at odd times during the day. If Bob and I had to share a coffee pot I'd have to buy a second pot. Two little pots might work but still wouldn't give me fresh coffee at odd times during the day. I don't like setting all the digital bells and whistles. I also think it's an environmental sin. If I ever live alone I may get rid of it. I think you can make much better coffee in a regular pot. Ours is major overkill. Don't think the pods make particularly good coffee. I'm not in charge of this one. This is not a hill I'm willing to die on at our house. I have far too many things I'm trying to navigate around here without taking on the coffeemaker.

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    1. Mike had three cups in the morning while I had my two and that was it for the day. He didn't mind having clocks on every random household appliance though.

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  15. We have a Keurig also. I'm very environmentally conscious except for flying in airplanes and using this lovely coffee gadget. No longer do I throw away half a pot of coffee or, even worse, drink the dregs.

    Didn't buy the Keurig until the Mr. Coffee died, though.

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  16. What will I ever do it I have to give up my pot of coffee a day. Not kidding. I will turn 70 next month and maybe that will be the time it happens. So far so good.

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  17. The thing that got me about the Keurig is how it completely hi-jacked the coffee and tea aisle at the grocery store. A half mile is devoted to K and the rest of the world can go to hell. The markup on that stuff must be thrilling to the store if shelf space is any indication.

    My caffeine reduction plan is to drink truly lousy coffee, and I limit myself to what is necessary. One cup of instant rot gut in the morning does the trick for me. Get the caffeine without all the brouhaha and contraptions, and it works well for my lifestyle of general sloth.

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  18. I quit caffeine a couple of years ago. It was hard!!!! As for the pods, I did get a Mr. Coffee version of the pod machine on sale at Target and I invested in a bunch of the reusable pods as I am not using those other things. Now Grampy can have a single cup of real coffee while I drink the pot of decaf!

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