April 12, 2012

Love Coffee, Love Gadgets...


How much coffee is too much? How many gadgets are too many? And is our plethora of coffee machines about the coffee or about the machines?

I probably have two cups of coffee a day, plus tons of water, and diet coke, and tea as well. So yes I pee a lot.

When I lived alone, I rarely made coffee at home... I hate the instant stuff, and making a pot just wasn't sensible.

Then I got this.. the first generation Tassimo coffee maker. It was cool and alien looking and brought together my love of coffee and my extreme love of shiny new gadgets. Technology wise, it was a big step forward, even though it was loud and not so fast and broke down too often.


Then a couple of years later I got the newer updated Tassimo after they changed manufacturers from Braun to Bosch. It was faster and quieter and didn't break as often. Looove...


After we got married and built our house, we got new appliances including this coffee maker, because we are married and live together and we can share a coffee pot now.


And later we treated ourselves to a fancy dancy espresso machine...
A few months later the Tassimo was out for repair and we were feeling coffee-deprived, so when we saw them on sale we bought another one. And then they sent us a replacement for the broken one, so we now have a spare. Let's call it bench strength (hey, lookie at me with a sports reference).

So you think we'd be good for coffee right? I mean we have all the equipment, and I go to Starbucks so often they mailed me a personalized gold card.

But.. there is a Cuisinart Keurig machine that we have been stalking for a year, not being able to rationalize the expense. Obviously we don't "need" it. But we love it. It looks cool, has some amazing flavours we can't get otherwise, there's a cool attachment to use your own beans for a single serving coffee, and then I read that Starbucks had left Tassimo for Keurig. So it was only a matter of time....

And eureka --- then it was on sale, and we had points to cash in, so we got it for less than half price, and yes it now lives proudly on our kitchen counter...


The new machine is fantastic. We stocked up on all new flavours of coffee. And we should be good now, right?

I guess the expression about "boys and their toys" does ring true here... while these all make good coffee, the argument could possibly be made that with two people in the house, we do not need them all... or do we?

Ooh, but then recently I had a sample from this Nespresso machine, and it was awfully good....
Plus my secret boyfriend George Clooney does Nespresso ads. Oy, we don't have enough counter space for this. I wonder if there is a 12-step program for coffee gadget addiction....