Monday, April 24, 2017
Coffee Maker-Time To Be In The Market
The bridal shower for my niece turned out lovely. It wasn't huge, about 20 people, mostly family with the grooms mom and sister, and a couple of nieces friends. Our menu was chicken salad croissant sandwiches, broccoli salad with bacon, my veggie pizza salads, fruit, cheese and crackers, and a last addition of cinnamon bread that my sister in law bought at Cosco because it called out to her. We served water with lemon, sparkling strawberry lemonade, sangria's, and mimosas. We had cake strawberry cream cake from Nothing Bundt Cake-even non cake eaters couldn't resist with and coffee (or more drinks) after her gifts. My daughters helped set up and serve beverages, mostly so my sister in law could get our fair share of baby holding since DH's cousin came with her new baby boy-so precious.
Long update to get to my main post. I've decided I really do need to replace my coffee maker. Even with just a few coffee drinkers, using the Keurig is not practical beyond my morning cup. We made two pots yesterday, and it would have been very difficult to serve coffee if we had hosted the shower at my house. I'm disappointed that my Cuisinart maker, which should have lasted for decades for the price, developed a leak somewhere that makes it a problem to use.
My dilemma is whether I should buy another coffee maker or just something much lower tech. When both my coffee makers were on the fritz a while back, I had several recommendations to get a French Press. I've been researching them a bit, and do think that is an option. I've also thought about buying either an electric or an old stove top percolator. Some of my fondest memories as a child was seeing the old beat up coffee pot come to life on my mom's stove, the little glass topper bubbling the water, darker and darker with each bubble as the color and flavor of the coffee developed.
In my less than thrifty days, I probably would have just gone out and bought another cheap model, use it until it broke, then replace again. Thrifty doesn't mean cheap, and I would be happy with second hand. I want something durable and long lasting, which has me leaning towards a stove top percolator (my mom had hers before I was born and it was still in her kitchen after my dad passed away) or French press. I'm not rushing out to buy anything, since I'm not throwing any larger events for a while, but will keep my eyes open as yard sale season begins and as I wander into second hand stores.