Just (trying to) Make the Coffee

Our old Mr. Coffee coffeemaker was breathing its last breath.  The digital display would sometimes fade away to black.  Then, the clock would reset to 12:00 and blink sadly.  Sadly, because when that happened, it meant the auto-brew feature was turned off.  

We like our coffee, Pig-farmer and I.  It isn’t good when we stumble into the kitchen and find the coffee pot blinking 12:00.  It makes us say words we shouldn’t say.  At a time in the morning we shouldn’t be up anyway.

I have been known to “cheat” and make a quick Keurig cup to hold me over until the malfunctioning pot gets its rear in gear.

Then, my Keurig quit this week.  Halfway through a pod, my only pod, of raspberry-chocolate-truffle coffee.  My normally-cheery self stood in front of the Keurig and cried, “HEY!!! It’s only 1/2 full.  You can’t quit!”  I jiggled and wiggled (the Keurig, not me; well mostly). Slammed and re-slammed the lids.  Pressed buttons.  Nope, nada, zip.  

Pig-farmer and I decided to order a new coffeemaker.  He doesn’t like the Keurig coffee, so he doesn’t care that it quit.  He wanted to be sure he reliably had a pot of auto-brewed coffee waiting on him at 5:00 a.m.  I would have been happy with another Mr. Coffee.  He wanted to go fancier. 

Meet Mr. Cuisinart:



The first night, I read the directions for timed, auto-brew, set the clocks, crossed my fingers, said a prayer, danced a coffee dance and puttered off to bed.  The next morning, SUCCESS!  Happiness!  Joy!  The stainless steel carafe keeps the coffee nice and warm for the whole morning!  No microwaving.  Okay, I relented, Pig-farmer had a good idea.  

The next evening, Pig-farmer was travelling to Iowa and I couldn’t find the instruction book, but I did everything the way I thought I was supposed to.  The next morning, a cold, empty coffeemaker greeted me. Taunted me. I gasped!  Groaned.  Moaned.  Pushed the little, red ON button and muttered and puttered my way off to distraction for a few minutes while the dang contraption brewed my coffee.  When I returned …. still NO COFFEE!  “Pig-farmer and his new-fangled contraption,” I muttered!

I still couldn’t find the instruction book, so I went back to the old drawing board and checked the obvious components.  Obvious like …. adding water to the reservoir.  Oh.  Well.  Yes.  There is that little detail.  A key ingredient to making the coffee would be water.

Moral of the story:  No matter how complicated life may seem, the basics must be completed first.  Get the basics right and the rest should fall into place.  Right into your coffee cup.

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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16 Responses to Just (trying to) Make the Coffee

  1. cecilia says:

    COFFEE! I like mine strong! I will be around in a minute.. (Oh how I wish!) c

  2. Dianna says:

    Well, I’m not a coffee-drinker, but I understand your frustration!

  3. We use a Bunn coffee maker…makes coffee in 3 minutes (as long as we put water in the reservior) lol

  4. haha! Thank you for making me laugh this morning! I can’t live without coffee either, I quit once and it was the worst 2 weeks of my life…..

  5. Beth Ann says:

    Well you are in my universe now! I just got a new Capresso to replace the 3rd Grind and Brew that bit the dust. I am tough on coffee makers obviously. I also have my Keurig because when it is just me at home it is sometimes easier but when I want a cup that is a bit stronger and fresh brewed I use the “real” machine. How many times have I left out that important step of adding water—-too many times to admit to! Enjoy! Raising my cuppa to you!

  6. Greg Dickinson says:

    This is so funny, you are one bright and entertaining lady

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. pattisj says:

    He did pick out a nice-looking coffeemaker. Glad you figured out the solution to making coffee in it. I was never a coffee drinker until I met a French press.

  8. Rancher Girl says:

    Handsome guy, that Mr. Cuisinart!

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