When my husband and I got married nine summers ago, we received a traditional Krups coffee maker with a glass carafe. It served us well for six years, mostly because as New Yorkers we drank our coffee, as Seinfeld would say, "on the outside." Shortly after we moved from Brooklyn to the DC-Maryland border, as if to protest our change of zip code, the carafe broke, so we had it replaced. A few weeks later, the carafe broke again, and we figured it was time for a new coffee maker.
Right after our sixth anniversary, eager to find the latest and greatest coffee maker, we (read: I) did the research and settled on the sleek (carafe-less!) Cuisinart pictured. It got us through some crazy holiday weeks when we had all of my siblings and their spouses in the house, making for eight adults all clamoring for a cup (or three) of joe each morning.
Now, only three years later, it too is showing signs of age. I've already had the lever replaced, and now there's a major malfunction of some sort that spilled four cups of coffee onto my kiddie-art-and-paper-and-toy-covered counter. There were many, many tears when my five-year-old daughter realized one of her last projects from pre-K was ruined. And since my eight-year-old son doesn't read my blog, I can admit to you that I had to throw out six Pokemon cards. I haven't figured out what's wrong, but I'm thinking it's time to replace the machine again.
My husband thinks I should just learn to love the coffee-press as he has, but really, I don't have time to put that much effort into my coffee every morning (although we do have chopsticks that Coffee Geek recommends). It's easy for my husband to say, since he's not the one who has to usher three children around the kitchen and out to school or camp or playgroup.
The new single-cup brewing systems like the Keurig, which my sister owns and loves, and the Bosch Tassimo, which I tried at a recent event and was impressed with, are all the rage now. But if I buy one, the stakes seem to be higher, because we're locked into the pod system. On the surface it seems like a conservationist's nightmare (all those vacuum sealed discs!), but there's an overall cost savings (making one or two cups quickly and easily is better than making four cups in a regular machine and throwing two out, or worse yet, driving to Starbucks to buy coffee every.single.day).
The bottom line: what's a coffee-loving gal to do? Should I try for another conventional coffee maker, or should I try one of the new single-cup machines?