Coffee Spills

What I hear and see and think about at the coffee shops I patronize.
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Mr. Coffee

I haven't been blogging about coffee shops because I actually purchased a Mr. Coffee for our Lakeside cottage. When coffee hit $2 this summer and there were no papers to read at the coffee shop, I said to self, "You must learn to make a decent cup of coffee, even if only one or two days a week." I think it cost me about $14, plus about $10 for 2 containers of coffee, one decaf and one regular. It will take awhile to make up the difference, but I'm now going to the coffee shop only about 3 times a week. If I mix it with what I brew it's. . . not fabulous, but not awful.

What really pushed me over the edge (into buying a maker) was the day the cream was frozen. As it clotted in the cup, I returned the counter and asked for a new cup. "Oh, it's not spoiled," the college girl said, "it's just frozen." Yuk. She's obviously not a coffee drinker.

My son-in-law had actually donated a gorgeous coffee maker to the kitchen stock here, but I could never figure out how to use it. Even this new Mr. Coffee has many more gizmos and springs and looks more difficult to clean than the simple one I have in Columbus (for emergencies only).


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