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So I was looking around on the internetz for something to buy. I kind of needed an excuse to get out of my apartment after work, get out into town, just shake things up a little. So throughout Friday I was looking at the sites for stores in the area for coffee makers. I wanted to see what was out there. I also wanted to get a new coffee grinder because my current one just... is terrible (no offence mom! It's been great having one!).

This is basically what I currently have -

It was a Christmas present from my mom on the last Christmas we were together, I believe. It was the year I got everything I wanted. I'm pretty sure... I mean I came up with this list and I got everything on it... Actually I still have the email I sent her with my list from most to least or something like that... (Halo 4, Assassins Creed III, Wii Points Card, Wii Classic Controller, XBOX 360 Points Card, Starbucks coffee and a grinder to grind up coffee as I need it). Sad I can't believe I got everything Sad I felt so guilty!!!

Anyways, derailed a bit. Anyways, it was an ok grinder, I didn't really start to have issues with it until recently when I started to get a little picky. I just... couldn't get it to grind right... Too little time and I ended up with chunks of beans. Too much time and I basically had powder... Somewhere in between was weird because some would turn to power and I'd still have some chunks of bean... Sad

So I was kind of looking at an Espresso maker... not that I like espresso but I mean you can get one with the milk frother on the side and that's a step closer to a mocha!!!

I don't know if I'd get something like that from Canadian Tire... But I know I'd spend a lot just getting one... for someone who doesn't like espresso... Razz

Then one of our managers came up to look at our Access Point and I started talking to him about coffee things. Even he wants to get an espresso machine, he's on the verge. He also talked to me about grinders and mentioned, from his perspective, you could spend a lot on a grinder and you might want to get since you need a really fine grind for espresso machines... So he thought you'd spend about as much on a grinder as you would the actual espresso machine!

The grinder I was looking at that didn't have terrible reviews was this one -

I got it, I quite like it so far. It's easy to use as well. I like that I can set it to grind however much coffee I want and it just goes. No jams yet. I'm hopeful. The grind is fairly consistent too. I also bought a new French Press (I may have left coffee in it for far too long on more than one occasion and it's making me twitch now). I'd show you the new French Press but it seems they don't have the specific one I got... I did get a smaller once since I only ever manage one cup and then the rest just goes cold... (edit! Found it!!

I still think I want to get a larger coffee maker in the event I have more people over. I can use my grinder and pull the big guy out and server up coffee for lots of people. It'd be nice... This one is nice because it doesn't take up a lot of room. Just looks like the coffee maker where you turn it on, set the time, then command it to make coffee!! -

6 blog comments below

Not a bad choice.
I picked up a burr grinder in the spring as well, and they're wonderful. The consistency over the grind is great... the old type you had is really tough to use well; I've never been happy with them neither.
A French Press was a good idea too, and I like your idea of getting a bigger coffee maker for those occasions you need more. The two work well together.

Likewise, I'd be somewhat hesitant to get the espresso machine in your situation (or mine). While I love espresso, I just can't see the price ever really being justified. The espressos and lattes could likely be bought more cheaply once in a while from a vender; if you're not drinking them all the time, it'd take years for the price difference to catch up.
Ankhanu on Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:09 am
That's a good point about the price of the espresso machines. I don't go out and drink them that often... I tend to go to Starbucks for the consistency of the flavour. I always gets a raspberry mocha. Reminds me of the viva puff cookies (that I never likes to each because I don't actually like marshmallows!). Right now I have a Starbucks gift card so I haven't actually been paying for those mochas yet!

I may take my time with a bigger coffee maker... I might look at a few other stores to see what they have... watch for sales. I have enough cupboard space so for the most part it will be stored somewhere.

I still use my keurig but mostly for the vanilla hazelnut coffee pods. I've been using my French Press a bit more for that one cup. It doesn't seem to take any longer... I start the kettle and go do something else. The coffee is ground up in a few seconds. Right now I have dark roast beans... not a huge fan as I prefer medium roast.
TheGremlyn on Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:15 pm
I am simple - black coffee! laugh
standready on Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:51 pm
I can't do that... Not yet anyways. I've reduced the amount of sugar I use but I still rely on cream.
TheGremlyn on Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:09 pm
I used to drink coffee super sweet and creamed, but weaned myself back to unsweetened black... it really is better Wink (especially when it gets cold; without cream or sugar the cold flavour is still actually pleasant)

I got a 12-cup Cuisinart machine from the Bay about 7-8 years ago and it's been serving me quite well; one of these - It's slightly pricey, but it makes some difference.
Ankhanu on Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:18 am
I weaned myself off coffee completely. Then recently started to get disposable percolators from Marks & Spencers. Italian Rich Roast Ground Coffee flavour. It's quite fun really as you "percolate" the coffee in a disposable plastic container that sits on top of the mug with a neat little cap on it. Beginning to feel like a ritual of the Japanese "tea ceremony" kind. I have it black. Good for a little perk me up towards the end of a work day.
deanhills on Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:00 am

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