I didn't used to drink much coffee. Just a cup now and then to be polite. But in recent years, I find myself brewing a pot of coffee first thing in the morning, right after I feed my dogs and cat. I prefer coffee over tea or soda. I have never tried those "high energy" drinks that the commercials say will make me more alert and probably smarter, and if I don't use them, I will most assuredly fall asleep in my tracks about two o'clock in the afternoon. No thank you. I'll stick with coffee.
So my coffee stash is getting a bit low. Time to fill the shelf. I am not a coffee snob. I don't need flavored gourmet coffee. (Although, youngest son gave me some hazelnut and some chocolate flavored coffee that was awesome!) If it looks like coffee and smells like coffee and isn't bitter, it's all good.
I could go to my local grocery and buy coffee. They have a large selection and a large price. Dollar store coffee works just fine. And it is on sale this week. Six cans of the stuff will reside on my shelf tomorrow. (After the temps warm up enough for me to stick my nose out!) And as that won't leave a gaping hole in my budget, I probably will add another six cans the next time it goes on sale. It is good to have rice and beans and all the other staples in food storage, but I firmly believe that in times of trouble, a person also needs some of the familiar comfort items, and coffee fills that bill for me. (That and a goodly supply of chocolate.)
I don't need to spend a ton of money on fancy coffee makers, either. Years ago my Dad gave me this one.
I don't know what the real name of this style of coffee pot is, but he always called it a "drip-o-lator." I wonder if that is even a word. This coffee pot has been around at least as long as I have been, and that is a long time. We are both showing our age. I think my parents got it when they were first married in 1945. Over the years I have had a series of Mr. Coffee type electric coffee makers. And one by one, each has died. This silly coffee pot will probably out last me. And it makes better coffee than the fancy electric ones with their clocks and timers and buttons and digital numbers that always flash "12:00" because I can't seem to program them correctly.
So now, if you will excuse me, my cup is empty and that is not a good thing.