Have I mentioned that the kids are back to school? Have you noticed how serene I am, sitting here at my desk, sipping my coffee which is still warm and enjoying the peace and quiet?
Heather is not sipping her coffee. Because a terrible tragedy has befallen her:
So, my parents were visiting this weekend and broke my coffee pot. (Don’t ask.) It was one of those nice thermal-carafe ones that we got as a wedding gift. I’m thinking about upgrading, though, since it’s now kaput. I was looking at those models that grind the beans and brew the coffee (and if there’s a thermal carafe thingie, so much the better). So, I come to you, oh pretty one, to see if you have any coffee pot-buying mojo … Help!
No one should be coffeeless. It’s too tragic!
The first thing I did was to mail Heather back immediately and tell her not to buy a combo machine. I know that at first blush it seems like such a good idea, to have your grinder and brewer all part of the same thing. I understand the lure of it, I do. But for the most part the reviews of such machines are overwhelmingly mediocre, for one thing. For another, if the grinder part dies you now need a new grinder (but still have a huge unit sitting on your counter) and if the brewing part dies you now have the world’s largest grinder. Plus, they’re harder to clean.
Just say no to the all-in-one, kids.
The next thing I did was to go online and look for the current Gevalia offers, because my last 2 coffeemakers have been the free ones from Gevalia and I’ve loved them both.
Okay; they’re not really free. But they are a very cheap way to get a mid-level machine. You join their coffee club with your special code, and for just $14.95 (that includes shipping) you get a pound of their coffee (and I happen to like their coffee) and a coffeemaker. After you receive your package, cancel out of the club unless you want automatic monthly shipments of coffee.
Imagine my joy upon discovering that the More Stuff 4 Less Bargain Blog has the big ol’ list of Gevalia codes up. (Don’t go abandoning Want Not for them, though. They don’t know how to spell Gevalia, and I’m prettier.) Anyway, pick your code from their list, and then go plug it in here.
[I’m currently using the thermal carafe model featured in offer 112714, and it keeps the coffee hot all day long. Love it. It also appears to be available for just $10 right now. If you’re not looking for thermal, their current default offer features a nice stainless programmable model.]
But what if you really want some specific, expensive machine? Hey, I’m not gonna stop you. Just look for it on clearance. But unless you’re a real coffee snob—not that there’s anything wrong with that—I say go for one of the Gevalia deals.
Now. About a grinder. If you don’t already know this, get a burr grinder. You can pay big bucks for a grinder, but as long as it’s a burr rather than a blade, that’s not necessary, really. Standard bargain sleuth rules then apply: Read the reviews, look for the best price, and get a unit you’ll be happy with for the long haul. (Don’t get the cheap one that you think is ugly; likewise, don’t get the good-looking one with the lousy reviews.)
[I own a Melitta burr grinder that was reviewed as being sufficient but requiring frequent cleaning. I picked it up on clearance for $5. Cleaning it moderately often hasn’t bothered me any.]
I hope this helps, and that you’ll be enjoying some fresh coffee again very soon. Heather? Heather! Wake up!!