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.