All of us get awesome wedding gifts. One of mine forty years back was a Farberware coffee pot. It was a 8 cup perk and it cranked out wonderful coffee for a year or so. It met its’ passing through Babcie, my mother-in-law. She was a devoted immediate coffee drinker. So, the weekend that my parents came to visit, she filled the Farberware with water and set it on the stove to warm the water. She wanted us to have fresh coffee when we got up, but confused the two ways of making it.
My dad was first up. He hit the top of the staircase and smelled the acrid odor of the burning pot, flew down to the kitchen, grabbed the kettle and flung it out the back door before it burst into flames. The pot got replaced until the weekend ended, but Babcie never attempted to use it.
We continued to use this pot for years. Morning coffee together was a ritual and significant to the start of our day. However, my husband was an aficionado of new products. Finally, the Mr. Coffee came out. I received one as a birthday present, but before I could return/exchange a thing that I really did not want, he started it, tossed the box, and proceeded to make the initial pot. However, you understand about these pots. The first cup is good, but the successive cups get bitter and the pot doesn’t hold the heat. I put up with it for as long as I could before the Farberware came back from the closet.
Fast forward through those forty years. The husband is gone, the house cleared of children and I am home with my Farberware merchandise. I replaced the 8 cup somewhere along the line with a four cup version. But my tastes have changed. I no longer need that 2-3 cup jolt of caffeine to start my day. I cut down the amount of water to just those two cups and even then tossed half a cup. Maybe it was time to proceed.
I have an awesome sister. She knows what I need or want before I do. She gifted me with a Keurig K40 for Christmas. With its’ single cup dispenser and no reservoir to the water to get stale in, it seemed ideal. I could make a cup and ignore the second. No fuss, muss or waste. I purchased reusable pods so I could use my usual coffee brand, and might control how strong to make the coffee. It was excellent. It was perfect for about three months. After a time, the coffee seemed poorer so I just added more reasons to the pod. I then noticed that I could slug it down in one gulp without burning myself. So I started putting it in the microwave to heat it up to the right temperature. Now, this was wrong. Three weeks use and it was running out of steam. So I called the Keurig help line. The trouble was that the water wasn’t heating up enough to run it through the grounds. I was getting weak cold coffee. Their answer was to send them the jigger that holds the pod, which makes it unusable, and they replaced the K40.
While awaiting the new arrival, the trusty Farberware made it back to the counter. K40 number two arrived about a week later. It had the exact same problem, only it happened much sooner than it did with number one. I made the call to the help line, went through the process of cleaning the pot together with the representative though it had hardly been used. I sent back the jigger that holds the bunny, they sent me three. Wouldn’t you figure the problem would be solved? Three times is the charm, right? Well in just a week, K40 number three developed the same issue. I called the help line again. This time he wanted me to buy and clean the machine with their distinctive coffee pot cleaner and get back to them. It took a day or two to get some, but I did as requested, even though the pot was less than a week old. It didn’t help. As this was the third K40 that went south, the agent authorized upgrading my coffee pot to the K45. It’s a reservoir on the side, but still has an interior reservoir which you cannot empty. It just seems nasty to have that there, but I had control of the external reservoir. I had a friend visiting who loved his coffee, so we made up a few single cups to enjoy that afternoon. I had it programmed to shut off when not in use. As we sat and visited, a peculiar acrid odor came to the room. Investigating the kitchen, I found the K45 was now smoking. The auto shut off had not worked and the home could have gone up in flames had I not been right there. I found no reason to clean a system that was burning up and had been used just the one time. He saw the reason to my objection and had me return the entire thing this time. Have you ever attempted to put one of those odd shaped items back in their packaging? It took both of us the rest of the day to figure that out.
So, now Keurig number five has arrived. It’s another brand new K45. It works perfectly, giving cup after cup of freshly brewed coffee. And you know what? I really don’t like it. There is something about the taste that’s different. I attempted to get used to it, but I guess at my age, change is sometimes tough. The K45 has gone back into the box and the Farberware perks my morning coffee. I guess the K45 will end up on a lawn sale table daily.