If this doesn't classify as caffeinated randomness, I don't know what does.
So. I'm on the hunt for a new coffee maker.
I inhereted my old Krups coffee maker from my parents. Immediately, I felt a connection. Here was a coffee carafe that was not only stainless steel, but it kept my coffee warm for hours -- without warming the surface of what it touched. Cool on the outside, hot on the inside. Gorgeous.
Unfortunately, as my house is a small cottage and we have a smaller kitchen than I had in our apartment, my coffee pot had to be stored on the washing machine. And, due to loading too many clothes in said washing machine, it might have fallen off a time or two. But it was stainless steel. It made it through.
This week, though, it's been on its last leg. The filter holder has not been letting water through. I washed the coffee pot with a half water/half vinegar solution. Didn't touch it. Oh, and just for funsies, then the filter holder wouldn't close.
So at 9:30 p.m. last night, I went online browsing for a new coffee pot.
At 10:30 p.m., we had purchased one from Wally World.
It's a Hamilton Beach coffee pot, one that looks pretty awesome and makes 10 cups of coffee at a time. I really wanted a Keurig coffee pot, but they only have single-cup brew options. I drink four cups at a time. Not gonna fly.
I was more than a little excited to try out the new HB (for more reasons than one; stay tuned). I read good reviews about the product and felt it was the best option money and coffee-wise. I got everything ready last night so I would be able to drink my first cup at 7 a.m.
As you can see from the picture, the HB has a cool design: you put your coffee mug up to the machine, and it dispenses coffee. It's supposed to be very easy. In fact, the box advertised that it was a way to get coffee with just one hand.
Unfortunately, when I went to press the button for the coffee, nothing came out.
I pressed a little harder. Nothing.
Finally, I placed my left hand against the back of the coffee pot and slammed my mug (hey, it's 7 a.m. and I need caffeine!) against the button. Finally, with extra strain and using both hands, I was able to get coffee.
What the heck??!!!
I looked at the box again. I can't remember at the moment exactly what it said, but, in my mind, it taunted me with a hand gently pressed against the button and receiving coffee. Jerk.
I'm hoping to take the machine back tomorrow morning and get another one. Same one. I'm hoping this particular one is simply defective.
But...in case it's not, what kind of coffee pot do you use?
I have exciting news.
Really exciting news.
Superman landed a job at his dream place to work.