If you’ve been reading here long, you know that I love coffee. I’ve had all kinds of coffee pots over the years. I’ve tried cheap ones. I’ve tried expensive ones (to me, any coffee pot that costs over $100 is expensive). I’ve bought green coffee beans and had them roasted to order. I jumped up and down when Caribou Coffee opened, only to become…disillusioned.
Over time, my taste has changed. I used to love Gevalia, for example. I bought Kenya by the box. Then I got sick of it and I can’t stand how it tastes now, even from other companies. There’s a honey-cured bean (with some of the coffee fruit still on the bean) that we adored from Costa Rica, but we haven’t been able to order it for over a year. Nothing else compares. Even my old standby – Mahogany from Caribou – loses its taste if that’s all I drink. It helps if I trade in other coffees, like Living After Midnight from Classic Rock, a local roastery, but…
Now I’m having problems with my coffee pot.
I’m hard on pots, I know that. I make 2-4 pots a day. By “pot” I don’t mean a full pot. I make just enough at once to fill my favorite white mug, which takes about 4 cups of water on the measuring line. I use a ridiculous amount of beans to get it as strong as I like, even with the 1-4 cup/Bold setting on this pot. Yet it still doesn’t have that TASTE I want.
It’s hard to describe. It’s like when you steal the first 1/2 cup or so out of the pot, when it’s really really strong and rich. That’s what I like. I’ve been making my coffee stronger and stronger over time, and cutting back on how much I make as a result, but this pot just isn’t making the coffee as strong as I like, even when I only make 1 cup at a time. Plus it’s ridiculously expensive to waste so many beans.
Then this pot started leaking. And it’s less than 6 months old! I thought a KitchenAid would last longer than that.
Anyway, I’ve been eying an espresso machine as a result. I wanted that rich strong taste that I crave, even if I get a much smaller cup at once. (If I drank my white mug full of espresso I think I’d have a heart attack.)
We went to Everything Kitchen to try out some different pots (they were nice enough to demo them for me, which makes shopping so much easier). I tasted espresso both from a Nepresso Pixie and a gorgeous stainless steel Saeco, fully automated. I admit, I loved that Saeco. The coffee was incredible.
So was the sticker price at over $1200. Gulp!!!
Needless to say, I didn’t spend that much. But I did spend more than I’ve ever spent on a coffee pot before and bought the Pixie. I was reluctant because I don’t want to chain myself to a pod-only system, but since I’m fairly tired of the beans I typically buy, it’s a risk I was willing to take. Plus my other pot still works — it just leaks. When I need to change things up, I can always make a traditional pot of coffee.
So here’s my cute little lime-green Pixie. (My colors are black or red, but this was a demo model and I got a really good price on it.) My only complaint so far: I ran out of the sample pods way too quickly! I was desperate enough that I drank the decaf ones today until my order arrived.
I’m not addicted or anything….