Made A New Friend.......

Saturday, February 5, 2011
I have a very old friend. We became friends years ago when we lived in the Seattle area. That friend is STARBUCKS. Oh, how I LOVE their coffee. I drank coffee before then but never because I loved it....more because it was what my husband did and as a Mom of young children, the caffiene jolt was welcomed. But I couldn't get enough *flavors*, add-ins and sweeteners to make it too enjoyable. After experiencing good coffee, that was different. Just a splash of real cream and it is perfect. I can say in my sleep ..... a grande, bold pick-of-the-day please, leave room for cream.
Usually I try to avoid visiting with this friend often.....mostly because the nearest one is 30 miles away. BUT, it is in the town I work in and this time of year, I am in that town 6 days a week and I drive right past...or should I say, right through, many of those days. I have purchased the coffee beans and have tried brewing at home BUT it just isn't the same. Really, to me, it doesn't taste much different at home than the comes from a red plastic can, coffee. I have even looked into purchasing one of their coffee makers, but gasp, I cannot part with that much money for a coffeemaker. That has all changed. While shopping at my local Sam's Club, I decided to stroll over where the coffeemakers are displayed. I wanted to see the Keurig and what all the brewhaha (lol) was about. Standing in the asile was Cindy.
I know her casually. We chit-chatted a few moments, then she asked me if I was considering a Keurig. I told her I was pretty much a coffee snob and she started in. After 20-30 minutes of her going on and on about the attributes of this machine, I had the Keurig in my cart. Now I wonder if she works for the company and stands there all day to help the undecided's make up their minds, lol. I brought it home, scooted the old Mr. Coffee over and brewed myself my first cup.

Oh, my GOODNESS! I LOVE this coffee. The first day, I drank so much coffee, I thought I'd never get to sleep that night. Now I have to cut myself off about 7PM. My maker had a sample pack of 5 or 6 different types of far, my favorite is... The other beverages in my beverage center are feeling a bit left out. Mr. Coffee isn't seeing much action these days. Well, I've worked so hard at this post that I am thinking I need a coffee break. C-ya!

Miss Lynn over at Happier Than a Pig is hosting My Favorite Kitchen Gadget Party on February 14. Come join in the fun.......I am not sure I can pick just one favorite!


  1. Pat said...:

    Our daughter has a Keurig and has tried to talk us into one for awhile. I always have to have a cup of coffee or two, when we visit. We may just go out and buy one. We have been drinking more coffee this winter. Seems so cozy and comforting on these snowy days.

    J makes a fantabulous cup of coffee. I don't do so well. When we were on the hospitality committee at church, he always made the coffee and got rave reviews.

  1. Pam said...:

    I don't drink coffee myself, but my husband loves his coffee. I've been thinking of buying him the Keurig. I love all the glass refigerator bowls for your coffee supplies.

  1. Okay this is too funny. I have been wanting one of those Keurigs but have held off because my hubby likes his pot of coffee BUT the funniest thing looking at your post is I have that same red check dishtowel and glass jar with the red lid. We keep Goldfish crackers in ours. I'm with you though once you have good coffee you can't go back.

  1. Faith said...:

    Oh another thing that dreams are made of, maybe one of these days, when we get off unemployment... I have never had a Keurig cup of coffee...mind if I stop over? The picture of it you have going into the cup, steaming and hot..that is where Mr. Coffee lacks, it isn't hot enough. I think it has to be a certain temperature to extract the flavors...boy that looks so good...

    Have a beauty of a day....

  1. Can you believe I'm not a coffee drinker? I've heard so much about this machine that I might just have to get one just for the cocoa. I'm feeling left out of the newest craze!

  1. Keurigs are great Gail, nothing like a fresh cup of coffee! Thanks so much for the shout out and enjoy your new toy:@)

  1. Dani said...:

    I've seen these Keurigs in the store and wondered about them..I'm the only coffee drinker in the family, however..sure sounds wonderful..our small local Starbucks is closing, sadness...

  1. thecountrycook said...:

    So funny! I bought my parents a Keurig and the are ga-ga over it! Eventually I'll get one for myself. AND - it's great because there is no mess afterwards! :)

  1. Cindy said...:

    Fantastic post! I love my rich, dark roast coffee. I didn't believe that Keurigs would be that great. I'll have to give a closer look.

  1. Emelia DiCarlo said...:

    Hi, As I am drinking a cup Nantucket Blend Green Mountain K Cup, I came upon your post during my chore break!We bought the mini brewer with Kohls coupons after the holidays.So far we are really enjoying it. Since We don't have a lot of counter space I have stored away our basic Mr. Coffee pot. I bought a whiter wicker and red gingham lined small basket from Target to keep the cups next to the maker. Hope you have a great weekend,Emelia.

  1. Oh, this is great and funny too!!! I think I'm also a coffee snob. I could make coffee at home, but I prefer buying it at The Human Bean. The service is great..the baristas are really nice to my dad and I.. so that's part of why we go there, for the coffee and the nice customer service. I haven't purchased a Keurig yet. My mom's hubby has one and swears by maybe one day!!! I loved your story. It made me smile/laugh. I'm glad you have found a coffee that you can make at home/be very happy with :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. LOVE your post. and you HAVE sparked my interest. BUT, We drink 3 full pots of Mr Coffee per day. No ONE including "Moi" likes flavored coffees... SO this is my problem, It would cost too much to individually feed this household of "Coffee Hounds". I have had this coffee many times but I'm still not convinced it's good for us. ALSO you are at the mercy of the company, if they decide to CHANGE their little individuals or they go out of business to make room for the NEW and IMPROVED, you are doomed. The whole thing goes to the dump...I think I'll keep my Mr Coffee!!!

  1. I heard all the full about this machine but too pricy for me yet, one day! Enjoy!!

  1. Hello Gail
    The kids bought us a Keurig for Christmas a couple of years ago and there's no looking back! I too love flavoured coffees which I can have and hubby has plain or whatever variety he wants.
    They make good hot chocolate too.
    When we have company for dinner, I do lug out the old coffee maker as it's cheaper when you need about 8 cups.
    I have to admit I love the flavoured lattes at Starbucks.

  1. Kim McCallie said...:

    My cousin got one of these gadgets for Christmas. She brought it to my grandma's house and tried to get everyone to drink coffee. Then, she talked about it on Facebook all through the holidays. This thing must be something else. She never even liked coffee before she got it. Maybe I should try it. I hate coffee!

  1. Suzanne said...:

    Hi Gail; Loved your commentary on Starbucks coffee. I am a "barista" at Starbucks here in Northern KY. I look sort of out-of-place since I'm the oldest barista at our store. But I needed insurance and Starbucks is such a great place to work that they offer insurance to part-timers! And I love it there! And I totally understand your preference to store-brewed pick-of-the-day Bold coffee !! Love it! But I wanted to mention another handy little device your might try in your quest for a perfect cup of coffee. Williams-Sonoma has a little contraption called Aero-Latte. It is a little battery operated frother. You stick it in your cream before adding it to your coffee and makes it similar to the steamed frothed milk or half-n-half (breva) that Starbucks adds to your expresso in the store. Makes a nice little addition to your home brewed coffee.
    Always enjoy your blog.
    Suzanne in Northern KY

  1. DianeM said...: are going to get me in trouble! I have finally been able to break my unaffordable Starbucks habit with Melitta Dark European Roast and now this! I had the Senseo which uses pods, but after a month I gave it away as I couldn't afford the pods...wish now that I had merely put it in storage. Luckily for me, my local Burger King brews a great cup of joe - no kidding! I'm the only person going thru the drive-through for just :)

  1. For a moment I thought you called your coffee maker Cindy. I got a giggle out of your coffee loving dilemma when you didn't know if you'd be able to sleep. Very charming post. Enjoy!

  1. Kathleen said...:

    My son just bought one. Good for him as his wife never drinks coffee.
    I am glad you like your new gadget! You deserve it!
    7 cups of coffee! Oh MY!

  1. Dolly said...:

    Great post!
    I am not coffee drinker, hubby is!
    I have been thinking about getting him a Keurig for his birthday so he can brew a fresh cup every time!
    You talked me right into getting him one!

    Smiles, Dolly

  1. Marlis said...:

    I've heard they are fabulous! Congrats on the purchase. If I got one, then I'd be busily trying all the coffee's.. mmm. could be a fun treat.

  1. Amy Kinser said...:

    I love that you and I posted on this coffee maker at the same time. Great minds...

    I'm thinking that Keurig needs to give us some compensation for promoting there product so highly. Free coffee for a year...hmmmm....

    I am so glad you like my music.

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    I am with Donna, we drink too much coffee here. I drink two pots a day, just me. I am enchanted you are enchanted with this coffee♥

  1. Debbie said...:

    I'm going to see if our vendor has the Dark Magic. We have the Keurig at our office, and our company pays for all the coffee we
    order :-) It looks like a coffee shop in our break room! I think we have 20 flavors. Enjoy!!

  1. Tammy said...:

    I resisted getting a Keurig for a long time. My daughter got us one for Christmas and I must say I love it. My husband drinks decaf, cocoa and hot cider. I love my Kona Bold Island blend kcups from Coffee People. But I was also concerned about adding the plastic cups to the environment. So I purchased a little reusable cup that fits right into the Keurig (don't have to remove the black unit the way you do when you use their individual k-cup contraption). I can enjoy my favorite coffees using this little cup. Also, we use filtered water in our coffee maker. Yes, I am a coffee snob. (I brew coffee at home and take it to work since the Keurig at work uses tap water.) All this to say, we love our Keurig, too!

  1. Well, I have to say I'm really not into coffee, except for my grande, nonfat, decaf, iced mocha, no whip from Starbucks...I must say it's one of my vices and sadly my nearest Starbucks is less than one mile away making it very easy to stop in :)

  1. Bill said...:

    Hi Gail,

    I laughed at the beginning when you shared that your friend's name is Starbucks! I've looked at the Keurigs (and calculated the per cup price!). I'm glad you "reviewed" yours for us. Now that you've compared what it produces to what you get at Starbucks, those little packages sound like a teriffic bargain! ;)

  1. I only drink coffee when I go past a Starbucks and can't resist that aroma! Otherwise I'm a tea drinker. You make this gadget sound awfully tempting, though! Linda

  1. Beth said...:

    Hi Gail, I found your post interesting and timely as I had lunch with a friend who told me they'd just purchased a Keurig for their mother - I hadn't heard of it before. I do love Starbucks and my favorite is Cinnamon dulce de latte (not sure if I spelled it right but it is YUM, YUM, YUMMY!!) Interesting also, I just received a Mr. Coffee espresso maker in the mail from CSN stores - I'll be doing a product review. I really enjoyed this post, Gail. Wish I had a Keurig! I love flavored coffee!
    Blessings, Beth

  1. Hi Gail, you almost make me want to be a coffee drinker. I have heard a lot about the machine you pictured. Enjoy!

    I am a hot tea drinker. Ha.

    Happy Valentines,

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