Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Coffee is the Elixir of Life

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.


  1. Our coffee maker went to the big brew house in the sky. We now must suffer with no coffee until Monday when we buy a new one. I enjoy a good breakfast blend. Not the dark or French.

    Glad it will warm up soon. Yea right. Have a great week.

  2. Rob, I'm afraid that if I had to go nearly a week without coffee, I'd be mean as a snake! I had so many coffee makers die that I finally gave up and started using the old drip one. Works great!
    I don't know if it will warm up much (doubt it) but at this point, I will settle for avoiding frostbite at the bus stop! Is it spring yet?

  3. We have local brand - "Community" - which is what's in the pot at many places.

    I thought I wasn't a big fan of the brand; probably because most places use the packets and they have a taste I don't care for.

    I found a local doughnut shop that has the brand, but uses the beans and they're ground before each pot. It's much better and I relish a cup on some mornings.

  4. Jess, I have been toying with the idea of buying the beans and a grinder. I have even seen where some buy the green beans in bulk and roast them themselves. I haven't had the courage to try that yet. Next time I am out and about, I think I will price the beans and see if it would pay for me to go that route. I dearly love my coffee, whatever form it comes in!

  5. The difference in taste is probably worth a little extra cost.

    As a side note: We had another day of freezing rain, which shut everything down, so as I was thinking about what to do, I decided on making a pot of red beans, which I'll serve with rice.

    I'm even baking a cake. It's Betty Crocker, but at less than two bucks, I'm betting it will be better than the cakes they sell for $12 in the bakery.

  6. Jess, you are really getting hammered there, aren't you! We are supposed to have a few above zero days coming up, so I can get out and do some shopping without freezing my nose off.

    I was checking prices online, and grinders are relatively cheap - beans not so much, but I rarely treat myself, so maybe it wouldn't hurt to indulge myself just a bit. Grinding my own coffee beans is something I would like to try.

    Anything you make at home always seems to taste better than even fresh bakery goods. I have a little bakery a half a block away, and I still would rather make my own bread, rolls, cakes, etc. Guess I am happier with homemade!

  7. Senior perfers a percolater...mainly because coffee is hotter then if brewed in the automatic ones.

    In ref. to the "snow weed"....it is actually called a "wind ball" and it is natural formed when the wind is so extreme that is begins to blow snow and it forms a ball.... So basically now you know that when Wind Balls are forming... it is REALLY EXTREME COLD

  8. JUGM: I have used percolators, too, and liked them. I guess I have gotten so used to making coffee in my battered old pot that I don't bother getting a new one. I just pour the hot coffee into a thermos and I am good to go!

    Just because I have never seen a wind ball (I had to look it up to see what they look like!) doesn't mean they don't occur here. I've just never run across anything like that. The cold and wind can really do some odd things, can't they? Spring can't arrive quick enough to suit me!