I have measured out my life with coffee spoons
I think I actually prefer instant coffee. Not for its taste (Café Bustelo being the premier choice while Nescafé is a distant second) but for its immediacy. It’s so fast to make. I don’t have to plan how much I’ll want or expect to have time to have. I don’t end up with wasted coffee and bitter grounds in the bottom of my carafe. I don’t have to plan ahead like I’m reserving a hall as I do when I’m making slow-drip iced or hot coffee.
Fill an electric kettle to the minimum, flip it on and wander off. Excellent. This fits my needs.
No machine to push back and forth on my counter as I try to access its water tank and basket, no losing count of scoops and making half a pot because small portions don’t turn out as well (someone tell me why there aren’t measuring cups labeled with portions for 4-12). So I’m not doing something menial and mentally repetitive before I’ve had my Go Juice.
Making coffee is an amalgam sort of activity. That’s why it’s nearly impossible to remember what one has already done in preparation just a moment before, because one has experienced this literally thousands of times.
The whole act of making coffee is parenthetical to life. I’m all for the act of ritual, and enjoy plenty of them. But not when I need my cawfeh. And I’m the only one in my home who drinks coffee, so nobody understands me.
The other option, those K cups, seems to be getting more and more popular, if displays at Bed Bath and Beyond are any indication. I’ve used them in offices when I didn’t feel like going out or paying for my own coffee. But they strike me as horrible wastes of materials and trash. Also they’re super gross and artificial-tasting to me. They taste stale and like sugar alcohols. I’m not a snob about fake flavors. I have a preference for Sweet’N Low (because that’s what I was raised on). But it’s like when Arm & Hammer, a company that people like (I think) because their product is simple and pure and comes in nothing but easily recycled cardboard, started making those plastic self-adhesive freezer disk thingies. People who think their baking soda needs to be stuck on their door or fear it being tipped over and making “a mess” are bad at science. These people are profitable but should not be catered to. This is the way the world ends.
After seeing how the plastic ends up affecting oceans and animals I care less about recycling and more about plastic reclamation.
I have a problem with people who are bad at science.
Clarification: I was/am not paid to discuss any brand, and haven’t talked to anyone related to these companies or anything like that. I just think about this stuff.