My three-year-old super-cheap Mr.-Coffee coffeemaker broke this morning. I woke with a migraine. I didn’t want to read. I didn’t want to write. I just wanted coffee. My coffeemaker was broken. It was shaping up to be a tough day.
In the midst of drowsiness and pain, I started digging. I knew we hadn’t thrown it out. I searched seven cabinets before I found it. The old trusty french press. Coffee would be mine.
I ground the beans, I heated the water, I combined the two, and I waited four LONG minutes. I pressed. I poured. Then I sipped.
As I sipped my coffee I realized something that I had forgotten. Coffee from a french press tastes much better than coffee from a super-cheap Mr. Coffee. It made me a bit nostalgic for my barista days. I was drinking real coffee. Too bad it felt like the right side of my skull was imploding. I might have enjoyed the moment.
Sipping my real coffee, I almost decided that I’d forgo buying a new drip machine. Why not just use the press from now on? Then I remembered why.
1. It’s a lot more labor intensive. It’s bad enough having to wait for drip coffee at 5:30 in the morning. Do I really want to go through all that extra effort while I wait?
2. It’s a lot more labor intensive. Cleaning a french press is about as much fun as washing dishes by hand. Oh wait…
3. The coffee doesn’t stay hot. I like to have a small cup of coffee, and then another small cup of coffee. A french press is too time sensitive. You’ve got to gulp that first cup down or the second will only be lukewarm by the time you pour it. The Bible doesn’t approve of lukewarm stuff in the mouth.
4. The coffee doesn’t burble. I know it’s a little Pavlovian, but I need to hear the drip machine make its noises in the morning. It is part of my ritual, and I don’t want to give it up. Along with the noises, a drip machine makes the kitchen smell like coffee more than a press does. With drip coffee you get sight, sound, taste, and smell!
I’ll admit it. Coffee from a french press tastes better, but taste isn’t everything. I need the whole package. I need another cheap Mr. Coffee.