Coffee Talk

A MOMENT OF SILENCE, PLEASE, for our dearly departed Melitta Mill & Brew coffeemaker:

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We've had this gem for, gosh, probably nine years. It made a great cup of coffee, and we happen to be folks who prefer our coffee maker to grind the beans for us. (Fewer steps in the morning = good) Oh, it wasn't a perfect machine. Shortly after we got it, the latch on the top lid stopped holding it shut. We tried a duct-tape ghetto-fix, but once we figured out that if we propped it against our paper towel holder like this–

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 – it would stay closed and brew just fine, thank you very much.

And that was okay with us until we noticed a crack in the side of the carafe. the crack grew and grew - 

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— and for the past few months we've been wondering each morning if TODAY is the day we wake up to coffee shooting out all over the countertop.

Knowing it was going to break eventually, I started researching. Could we buy a new carafe, perhaps? Sure, for like $45 on eBay! Might as well buy a whole new coffee maker. Could we buy a whole new model of this beloved machine? My research led me to this website, where a small but ardent community of Melitta devotees mourn the fact that this very popular coffee maker was discontinued years ago. (I also validated that the broken-latch problem was common. That made me feel better.) Someone on eBay must have also seen this site because I just saw one listed for sale there for $168.

In fact, there really aren't many options out there for the all-in-one machine. I ended up finding this one on our bank's "reward points" website and we hoarded our points until we could "afford" it. It arrived today. It's… so…. big!

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And it's apparently so complicated to use, it comes with a 20-minute how-to video:

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…which I will watch. Later. I actually just brewed half a pot of coffee. (Possibly related: I'm the type who goes shopping and comes home and tries on everything again and makes everyone look at me.) It's good! I like that the hopper stores beans for a few pots at a time, rather than having to fill it every time you use it. 

So, here's hoping this one gets us through another decade (or at least lasts until we accumulate more reward points).


6 thoughts on “Coffee Talk

  1. I got my mom’s Terribly Expensive Cuisinart because 1) she didn’t like it and 2) it didn’t fit on the counter under the cupboards and 3) she had wanted Cuisinart’s Modest Model in the first place but Mervyn’s — remember Mervyn’s? — was sold out and sold her the Terribly Expensive Cuisinart for the Modest Model price. pant pant. I HATE IT. Bough a Melitta one-cup brew basket thingy, and liked it so much I bought two more for work at $2.68 each. No burned coffee smell, no waste. I know, I know, you didn’t ask — sorry. I’ve had too much coffee today.

  2. Where should I send flowers/condolences? Or can I make a contribution to perhaps the Columbian Coffee Growers Association in the name of the dearly departed? ;-)
    I still haven’t figured out how to use our 4 year old Keurig which I bought because we never drank an entire pot of coffee, and because me and glass coffee pots DO NOT get along.

  3. Just a modest donation to your favorite charity would be more than thoughtful, Auds, bless your heart. We drink most of a pot of coffee daily so the individual brewer thing didn’t work out for us. Also, mine – a Tassimo that I won – ended up being subject to recall owing to spurting steam or some such – and when that happened the folks who make the T-discs stopped making them, and there went my cheap source of daily latte. Phooey.

  4. I’m afraid I’ve had too much too; I drank 2 cups of that test-pot I brewed. Wheeeee! So you have the grind & brew too? And hate it? How come? I have used Cuisinart’s regular model – grind your own – at the beach house we rent, and rather hate that thing (too hard to pour in the water, if you can believe that). Please say that’s the one you hate and not the one on which I just squandered 27,600 rewards points.

  5. Where should I send flowers/condolences? Or can I make a contribution to perhaps the Columbian Coffee Growers Association in the name of the dearly departed? ;-)

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