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Because I’m an Egg (Electronic Gadget Groupie), I have this urge to have the biggest and the baddest of devices out there. I own Apple products, most beloved of them is my ipad. When it comes to coffee, however, my most preferred brewing method is the old tyme way, perked. I still believe there is nothing better out there than a perked-on-the-stove cup of coffee, timed just right. I collected every pot my mother owned, from an electric Farberware 12 cupper, to her Pyrex 12 and 4 cupper. Loved the Pyrex because it’s made of tempered glass and you can actually watch the water turn into coffee. Totally amazing. I used these pieces for 10 years and then, one by one, they started breaking down and in the case of the Pyrex, I broke the stem, where the basket sits on, while washing it in the sink… Yes, I am our own dishwasher. I was crestfallen. So this was right around the time that the Kuerig brewing system came into my life. It was such a novelty that I had to have it. I waited for Christmas and told myself that was my gift… or no. I purchased it in April and told myself it was a birthday gift (June)… yeah, that’s the ticket. Let me just say now that this was the worst possible decision I could make.
Problems abound. The first and foremost, is that these cups are possibly the most expensive choice one could make when you think that decent coffee grinds to perk coffee cost roughly $6.-$8 or$10.00 per pound and a box of 12 or 18 k-cups just went up to $13.00. You are able to perk a lot more coffee than the, at most, 18 single 6 oz. cups from the Kuerig. Don’t get me wrong the convenience and the maintenance of the Kuerig machine is unbeatable in my opinion, after years of hand washing all parts of my coffee pots, sometimes multiple times per day… BUT it comes at a pretty hefty price. A price I didn’t want to pay. I believe the standard they are using per cup is the inflated Starbucks-type cup that runs, cheapest $2.00?, I’m guessing as it’s been a while since I’ve been there. A pound of whole beans cost what, around $8.00? I’d say that you could get more than four cups of coffee from that. Anyhoo… As luck would have it, just as I literally had this machine packed up in its box and ready to be put into the basement, my darling DH comes home with like 3 boxes of k-cup coffee from the grocer. “They were on sale,” he happily stated. Okay. Now I am confused. This is the most fugal, yet obviously the most generous man I know, who went out and of his own volition, purchased more than one box of not particularly great, yet expensive coffee. Oh well, I’m not going to complain, I thought. So I proceeded to unpack the machine, saying goodbye to the extra counter space I just created, and made us two cups of coffee. Since then it’s hit me that DH, who can’t boil water by himself, loves the Kuerig because he can make himself a cup of coffee in the morning without waiting for me to get up to do it…. YEAH.
Okay, so it’s been running like this. We get the k-cups when they are on sale and I have a Melitta cone filter thing-a-ma-jig for grinds and boiled water. My other problem with the k-cups is that most of the coffee flavored choices brew up too weak for my taste; and so, I’m limited to only getting bold coffee. Recently, and getting to the crux of my post, my sister gifted me with a bunch of k-cups from a sampler she bought and of the flavors she didn’t like… and I’m not going to say no to free k-cups. I got a bunch of Gingerbread and Golden French Toast flavors that smell great, but didn’t taste so great. So, I got an idea. I cut open the tops and emptied two cups of grinds into my Melitta filter, poured boiled water and waited for my coffee. It was terrific!
So another big problem with these cups is the recycling, repurpose, reusing potential… 000, zero. That is, up until now. It’s only one way, but cool. I refilled my cups with grinds, covered it with slip of aluminum foil and sealed it with masking tape. Voila a k-cup ready to go. I know that this type of recycling is not exactly a new idea, I’ve seen it around on the net, but using the grinds that would have normally made a weak cup of coffee and blending it with stronger grinds, with a different brewing system, just about made my day. On second thought, you can also do this to used cups. All you’d need to make sure to do is line up the hole on the bottom with the needle inside the cup basket in the machine. I think the only draw back with this is that the filter on the inside might be ripped if you’re not careful when filling and manipulating it.
I REALLY digressed posting the photo above, but I’ll get it right some day. My idea was to show you the k-cups in three stages: The top taken off and grinds vacated, the middle is a repurposed k-cup ready for use, and on the right one just showing that there was no hole on the bottom. I thought it was important at the time… ugh. I used Dunkin Donuts Dark and I must say it made an excellent cup of coffee.
As my last side note, I want to draw your attention to Michael Bobblehead. I love the show The Office and scored this guy, brand new, in mint condition, for two bucks at the Cranford Townwide Garage Sale last month. On the down side, I had also scored the Dwight Schrute Bobblehead supposedly in the same condition; but when I got it home, the neck was broken…. Oh the AGONY~! I love the Dwight character more than the Micheal (sorry Michael), oh well. Maybe I can fix it? Not sure, this is a BOBBLE head for goodness sakes! Anyway, Michael served his purpose while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Did I mention olives? I’ll be posting about them after Thanksgiving as they are still cooking in their tightly packed jars in the whole left side of the bottom of my fridge….