Thursday, April 09, 2009

New Coffee Maker

After living in Europe for ten years, I learned the difference between a good cup of coffee and a great cup of coffee. I've had some of the best cups of coffee in the world, in just about every European country. When I moved back to the states, even Starbucks coffee couldn't cut it. I used a French press for a long time, but my favorite roasted coffee was across the city, making it difficult to always get there at times, or to have on hand. Eventually, I ended up buying a coffee pot that gave up on me last week. I did a lot of research online and not wanting to mortgage the house to get a coffee pot, I pot, I went with the single cup Keurig. I can't say it is the best coffee. Convenient and fast, yes. I do not like the containers the coffee comes in, they are not biodegradable. For this reason, I would like to return the coffee maker but have used it; I do not feel justified in returning the coffee maker.

I have found that I have to use the bold or extra bold, anything else, the coffee is too thin, making it taste like colored watered-down milk.
Until I find something better this one will have to do.


I do LOVE my coffee.

14 comments:

Minka said...

Wow! I've actually heard from an Amrican what I always thought - that coffee in most of Europe is better... and I thought you loved it more watery! Hope you can make the best of your new coffee maker. I use an ancient one, but it's my favourite (http://stirringmythoughts.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-cup-of-coffee.html)

Minka said...

In a way, I love being anonymous and don't even want to write that on my blog, but since you asked, this is our precious little piece of land: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a5/Slovenia_map.png

If you visit it and stay somewhere in the centre, you can make daily trips to all its parts: the mountains, the seaside, lakes and plains. I love travelling, but there's no place like home, right?

Thanks for your thoughts on my blog! Well stirred, too! :)

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

What a wonderful part of the world you live in. I was never there, but I did get to see parts of the world that are around you. I understand you wanting to stay anonymous.:) Thanks for letting me in on your secret.:)

Minka said...

:)
You're welcome!

Where in Europe did you live?

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Darmstadt, Germany. I was fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling while living there.:)

Minka said...

Unlike USA, in Europe you can reach one country or another in a few hours by car if you want. Must be a big change for you.

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Minka, so very true. One of the things I love about Europe is the different cultures; and so much fun to be around Italians one day and Germans the next. Each culture is special and unique in its own way. I hope Europe holds onto that, and never allows western culture to weave its way into theirs.

rebkah.com said...

Coffee was indeed something I had to deal with when I first came to North America. Sweden and Finland are No. 1 and 2 in the world's coffee consumption. I was addicted to my strong, black stuff. The watery, brown liquid I got here didn't do it for me at all. Now I've settled for some 100% Arabica in the grocery store.

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

I know what you are saying Rebekah. Before I moved to Germany, I drank the colored stuff and was just fine with it. Now, I will not drink coffee at all if this is my only choice. I wish I could find the same coffee beans I bought in Germany. I have found the only one I can drink with this machine is 'extra bold', and it's not too bad.:)

kate said...

Beautiful photo of cup of coffee. i could almost smell it.
Best to you
kate

gina said...

Hey there I have been away from my computer for a while. but I am back. sounds like you might like expresso. I am a ton of creamer kind of girl. I love coffee in the morn. but tea at night.

josh said...

i agree with you completely. i spent the last four months of 2008 in europe and i had amazing coffee! I miss it so much. I've tried using a stovetop espresso maker and for espresso and it didn't work so well here either. I MISS EUROPEAN COFFEE

Amy said...

I love good coffee also.. I have a french press and Love it... I love your new coffee pot... Have a great evening!!!

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Hello Amy! I'm coming to your house for coffee.:) French Press makes the best coffee, but I can't find a coffee bean close by me that I like. I did find one, but it is across the city. I have talked to my store about carrying them? This pot I bought is ok, and I have found a coffee I like ok. The best thing about it is, no clean up. But it is driving me crazy that the coffee comes in containers that are bio-degradable. They need to work on this!:) Have a wonderful weekend. Like you, I haven't been around too much lately. I think winter is finally over with.:)