Over the lifespan of this blog I’ve talked at least a dozen times about coffee – coffee brands, coffee makers, bean grinders – you name it, we’ve talked about it here.
The movers may have hastily packed up all my dishes and put them in storage but that’s an easy fix.
Take my coffee and coffee makers, you got a fight on your hands.
I currently have two coffee brewing options. My Breville coffee maker, review meh, and the latest iteration of the Keurig Mini, the K Mini Supreme, or some other silly name, that, let’s face it, doesn’t BREW coffee, it makes brown water quickly. But there are plenty of days when we’re both heading out and only want one cup, quickly.
I’m mostly a grind whole beans daily and brew kind of gal. That habit came from my days on the Vineyard with a roommate who had a bean grinder and a stove top Chemex drip coffee maker. Consequently, I haven’t been without a bean grinder since the 1970s, and by bean grinder I mean a simple and inexpensive spice grinder, not one of the fancy machines dedicated to chewing up beans and spitting out grounds.
I have no recollection of what brand of whole beans I bought back then or where I bought them but with all the real hippies on the Vineyard in the 70s, trustafarians too, I am sure there were country stores with whole beans.
At some point I exclusively bought and ground Starbucks Breakfast Blend but I stopped that when Starbucks when horribly woke and for a long time my Mount Kisco Starbucks didn’t ever have Breakfast Blend. I’m a creature of habit.
Fast forward and I got into a Black Rifle Coffee whole bean groove. Their Gunship and Thin Blue Line beans taste great to me. My last order from them I mistakenly ordered ground coffee and haven’t been able to pawn it off on anyone yet!
At Wegman’s the other day I poked around in their coffee aisle. What the heck I said, and I grabbed two bags of beans based on nothing. I have no idea if they’ll be any good. Impulse buy. I got a Wegman’s House Blend and a fair trade brand I’ve never heard of.
I passed on the bag that was chocolate, orange, and apple. 🤷🏻♀️
For the Keurig, I usually have Black Rifle’s Thin Blue Line pods but with the move I didn’t order any more. I default to a shelf with Starbucks, DunkinDonuts, and GreenMountain pods. Indistinguishable IMHO. There’s zero actual coffee taste to the pods.
As for the Breville, I bought it in haste when my beloved and long lived Cuisinart thermal carafe coffee maker died. She just rolled over and said she was done. Of course of course of course, Cuisinart DISCONTINUED that model and the replacements got horrible reviews. The Breville brews too quickly I think. And despite having a thermal carafe, the coffee in the carafe gets lukewarm quickly. With the Cuisinart the coffee in the carafe stayed hot for hours!
So that’s my long take of coffee. Who uses what to brew? And grounds or whole beans? As Linda said, Tawk Amongst Yourselves.
It’s finally a gorgeous sunny Friday. No plans as of yet. Have a good one.