Coffee Quick

I could write about how I just dropped over $1000 on my car, and I will write about all the good fiction I’ve been reading, but tonight I feel like writing about coffee.

I like coffee. I think my bank statement would show you exactly how much, since it has regular charges to Shot of Spro (the best coffee I’ve found in the area), Starbucks (not the best, but when I order a Grande Latte in Texas, I get the same one I get in Cary, or Pittsburgh, or San Jose), and various other shops around both the Triangle and whatever cities we happen to visit. I make some in the morning, I make some in the evening. Pound of beans a week? Not a problem for Ursula and I. Until recently, that is. Now she’s off coffee (too acidic), and if I make a full pot, then a bunch goes to waste, and I started thinking that maybe one of those single-cup deals be cool – just enough whenever I want it, and no waste because Urs shouldn’t drink it[1].

So Ursula bought me a Keuring Platinum Brewing System for the house as an early holiday present. I fell in love with the k-cup system at a previous employer. There’s a great selection of coffees and teas for it (and cocoa for the kids), this model has settings to make up to a travel mug’s worth, and it supports their new My K-Cup accessory[2]. I’m really happy with it, and the kids love the cocoa cups, so they’re happy with it. And Ursula is happy, because my holiday present is taken care of, so her shopping is basically done. So it’s a win, right?

Except now I go into the office and have to drink the crappy coffee we have there (Foldgers in an industrial drip machine), and I’m considering getting one of the smaller desktop models for my cube.

So now I’m wondering – anyone else have one of these, and have recommendations for particular k-cup varieties? I’m partial to the Caribou coffees, since they’re all tasty, Free Trade, and Rain Forrest Friendly[3]. But I’d love to hear about other suggestions.

[1] And keep her from saying “Hey, there’s half a pot left, one cup won’t hurt” – much the way I say “Hey, there’s a Hershey Mini, ONE won’t hurt” knowing full well it’s horrible for my blood sugar levels

[2] The My K-Cup accessory was the deal breaker for me between this and the Tassimo systems, since I can use any coffee I like, and not just what comes in the pre-packaged cups.

[3] I also buy some fantastic coffees from Shot of Spro, since they sell their special blends as well. Nothing rocks quite as much as hearing Tommy say “Hey, I’ve got some Ethiopian that was roasted day before yesterday, can I grind a pound for you?”

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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