I love coffee. Coffee and I have a special love affair all our own. It started when I was a kid. I honestly do not remember a time when my mother and father had any other beverage in front of them. Dad took his with cream and sugar, Mom took it straight black.. hmmmmm might explain why .. oh never mind. I can remember being little, maybe 5 or so and asking for a cup of coffee. I know now that I had more milk than I did coffee, but the thought that they would make me a cup of that precious commodity thrilled me to no end. My coffee was the color of sand it had so much milk in it, I didn’t care, not one bit.
When I got older mom switched from cup after cup of coffee to drinking ice water, her only cup was in the morning. My dad, never changed. Until the day he grew so ill from cancer that he could no longer eat or drink, he carried his cup and a pocket full of sweet and low and a thermos where ever he went. Going to the garage, grab the thermos. It mattered not that there was also a coffee maker in the garage, he had a thermos full with him. He even had his special cups through the years , as did mom. For years they had a matching set of Fire King cups, eventually Daddy changed to this heavy white cup that could have busted someone’s head open if he swung it at them. He probably wouldn’t have unless his coffee was out of it though.
When I became an adult I drank it in the mornings only, until I had my gall bladder issues. Oddly enough, coffee and water were the only things I could drink. Maxwell House is my preferred brand but I like the flavored coffees as well, and cappuccino is right up there as well. I was a coffee drinker. If we went out I ordered coffee, unless I knew their coffee was horrible then I would settle with sweet tea. I know which gas stations have the best coffee , think Thortons, Speedway, and Shell if you catch it fresh there. I know my coffee makers. I have tried them all from Dollar Store cheapos to high end Gevalia, which by the way didn’t last as long as the 10.00 one I purchased at Dollar Store. I can go through 2 coffee pots a year.
One of 2 things happens to them.. their inner seal for the water tank begins to leak from it being on all the time, or the heating element goes out. I have had a few that just decided to not brew the water but that is rare. 3 years ago my darling hubby invested in a beautiful piece of equipment for Christmas, but I got it before then, because , well, my other one went to the coffee maker home in the junk yard. I. was. in. love.
*Insert singing angels here
It was perfect, no heating element to fry, because the carafe is a THERMOS. It came with it’s own 20 oz. travel mugs and lids so you could brew you a cup or two instead of a whole pot if you had to get on the road. I was in coffee maker love. Then back in January it died. I put the water in one day and it did nothing. I am pretty sure I cried that day. I think my husband and kids did too, I mean hello me without morning coffee, or coffee in general is tragic. Luckily he had a spare one in the garage, and one under the sink for emergency situations like we were currently finding ourselves. It has done a great job, but like its many predecessors the seals are leaking. Do you know what that means people?? It means that amazing , wonderful, coffee is leaking onto my counter as it brews…Which is why I need a new one..Hamilton Beach, Bunn, Mr. Coffee are you listening to me???