Coffee Makers

Coffee Makers

We all get awesome wedding presents. One of mine forty years back was a Farberware coffee pot. It was a 8 cup perk and it cranked out wonderful coffee for a year or so. It met its’ passing through Babcie, my mother-in-law. She was a devoted immediate coffee drinker. So, the weekend that my parents came to visit, she stuffed the Farberware with water and put it on the stove to warm the water. She wanted us to have fresh coffee once we got up, but confused the two methods of making it.

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My dad was first up. He hit the top of the stairs and smelled the acrid odor of the burning pot, flew down to the kitchen, grabbed the kettle and flung it out the back door before it burst into flames. The pot got replaced until the weekend ended, but Babcie never tried to use it.

We chose to use this pot for ages. Morning coffee together was a ritual and important to the start of our day. Eventually, the Mr. Coffee came out. I received one as a birthday present, but before I could return/exchange a thing which I really did not want, he opened it, tossed the box, and proceeded to make the initial pot. It was passable coffee. However, you know about these pots. The first cup is good, but the successive cups get bitter and the pot does not hold the heat. I put up with it for as long as I could before the Farberware came back out of the closet.

Fast forward through those forty years. The husband is gone, the house cleared of children and I am home with my Farberware product. I replaced the 8 cup somewhere along the line with a four cup version. But my tastes have changed. I no longer need that 2-3 cup jolt of caffeine to begin my day. I cut down the amount of water to only those 2 cups and even then chucked half a cup. Maybe it was time to proceed.

I have an awesome sister. She understands what I need or want before I do. She gifted me with a Keurig K40 for Christmas. Using its’ single cup dispenser and no reservoir to the water to get stale in, it seemed ideal. No fuss, muss or squander. I bought reusable pods so that I could use my usual coffee brand, and could control how strong to make the coffee. It was perfect. It was perfect for around three months. After a while, the coffee seemed weaker so I just added more grounds to the pod. Then I noticed that I could slug it down in one gulp without burning myself. So I started putting it in the microwave to heat it up to the right temperature. Now, this was incorrect. Three months use and it was running out of steam. These guys are wonderful. The trouble was that the water was not heating up enough to run it through the grounds. So, I was getting weak cold coffee. Their response was to send them the jigger that retains the pod, which makes it unusable, and they replaced the K40.

While awaiting the new arrival, the trusty Farberware made it back to the counter. K40 number two came about a week after. It had the exact same problem, only it happened much sooner than it did with number one. I made the call to the help line, went through the process of cleaning the pot with the representative even though it had barely been used. I sent back the jigger that retains the bunny, they sent me three. Wouldn’t you figure that the problem would be solved? Well in just a week, K40 number three developed exactly the identical issue. This time he wanted me to buy and clean the machine with their special coffee pot cleaner and return to them. It took a day or two to find a few, but I did as asked, even though the pot was less than a week old. It didn’t help. As this was the third K40 that went south, the agent authorized upgrading my coffee pot to the K45. Larger so it takes up more counter space. It has a reservoir on the side, but nevertheless has an interior reservoir which you can’t empty. It just seems nasty to have there, but I had control of the external reservoir. I had a friend visiting who loved his coffee, so we made up a few single cups to enjoy this afternoon. I had it programmed to shut off when not in use. As we sat and visited, a peculiar acrid odor came into the room. Investigating the kitchen, I found the K45 was now smoking. The auto shut off had not worked and the house could have gone up in flames had I not been right there. This was unsettling. I saw no reason to clean a system which was burning and had been used just the one time. He saw the reason to my objection and had me return the entire thing this time. No cutesy little pod holder – the whole dang thing. Have you ever attempted to place one of these odd shaped items back in their packaging? It took the two of us the rest of the day to figure that out.

It’s another brand new K45. It works perfectly, giving cup after cup of freshly brewed coffee. And you know what? I don’t like it. There is something about the taste that’s different. I attempted to get used to it, but I guess at my age, change is sometimes difficult. The K45 has gone back in the box and the Farberware perks my morning coffee. I guess the K45 is going to end up on a yard sale table daily.


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