I prefer my perk
All of us get awesome wedding presents. 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 stuffed the Farberware with water and set it on the stove to warm the water. She wanted us to have fresh coffee once we got up, but confused the two ways of making it.
My father was first up. He hit the top of the staircase and smelled the acrid odor of the burning bud, flew down to the kitchen, grabbed the kettle and flung it out the back door until it burst into flames. The pot got replaced until the weekend ended, but Babcie never tried to use it.
We chose to use this pot for ages. Morning coffee together was a ritual and significant to the beginning of our day. Finally, the Mr. Coffee came out. I received one as a birthday present, but before I could return/exchange a thing which I really didn’t want, he started it, tossed the box, and proceeded to make the initial pot. However, you understand about these pots. The first cup is great, 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.
The husband is gone, the house cleared of kids and I am home with my Farberware merchandise. However, my tastes have changed. I no longer desire that 2-3 cup jolt of caffeine to begin my day. I cut down the amount of water to only those 2 cups and even then chucked half a cup. Perhaps it was time to proceed.
I have an wonderful sister. She understands what I need or want before I do. Using its’ single cup dispenser and no reservoir to the water to get stale in, it seemed ideal. No fuss, muss or squander. I purchased reusable pods so that I could use my normal coffee brand, and might control how strong to make the coffee. It was excellent. It was perfect for around three months. After a time, the coffee seemed poorer so I simply added more reasons to the pod. I then discovered 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 ideal temperature. Now, this was incorrect. Three weeks use and it had been running out of steam. The trouble was that the water wasn’t heating up enough to run it through the grounds. I was getting weak cold coffee. Their response was to send them the jigger that retains 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 came about a week after. 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 barely been used. I sent back the jigger that retains the bunny, they sent me three. Wouldn’t you figure the problem will be solved? Well in just a week, K40 number three developed exactly the identical issue. This time he wanted me to buy and clean the machine with their distinctive coffee pot cleaner and return to them. It took a day or two to get a few, but I did as requested, 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 nevertheless has an interior reservoir which you can’t empty. It just seems nasty to have 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 this day. 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 hadn’t worked and the home might have gone up in flames had I been right there. I found no reason to clean a system which was burning and was used only the one time. He saw the reason to my objection and had me return the entire thing this time. Have you ever attempted to place one of those odd shaped items back in their packaging? It took both of us the rest of the day to figure that out.
It is another brand new K45. It works flawlessly, giving cup after cup of freshly brewed coffee. I really don’t like it. There’s something about the taste that’s different. I attempted to get used to it, but I guess at my age, change may be tough. The K45 has gone back in the box and the Farberware perks my morning coffee. I guess the K45 is going to wind up on a lawn sale table daily.