My husband has always been a coffee snob. He would bring his own coffee and coffee pot when visiting other people’s homes. At one time he had an old A&P coffee grinding machine – huge thing that they used to have in their stores. That’s gone by the wayside as has grinding the beans fresh – he now buys ground coffee. But not any ground coffee, oh no. For years it was a special roast from a coffee place in Burlington Vermont – Brazilian beans, Italian roast. Because it was a special roast only done on demand he had to order 7 pounds at a time – the minimum amount for a special roast. Well that was all well and good until the shipping costs became so high that there was no way to justify that cost. So now he buys coffee from a roaster in NYC. Thing is – I can’t drink the coffee he drinks, too dark, too harsh, too acidic, it just rips my stomach to pieces.
With the introduction of the k-cup we thought we had a solution. He would still brew pots of his super dark coffee in the morning and he and I would both use the k-cups but still it had to be a dark roast for him so I still had this bad reaction to it. But that’s just the way it was. Didn’t make sense to try and find a brand of k-cup coffee I liked because, quite frankly, they are all pretty terrible and 3 kinds of coffee (plus 2 different coffee pots) was just taking the whole thing to a ridiculous level and besides my husband drinks way more coffee than I do.
Over the years we invested a lot of money in coffee pots because my husband likes coffee pots – the fancier the better. The last coffee pot we bought was a combo coffee make – one side was a regular drip coffee pot, the other side was a k-cup coffee maker. Seemed a good solution, smaller took up less room than 2 full size coffee makers but still – neither of us was pleased with the quality of the k-cup coffee – not dark enough for him, too dark for me and let’s face it, not all that great tasting – but convenient.
After the kitchen reno I decided that I’d had enough. I bought myself a 5-cup coffee maker, cost a whopping $12.99. My husband decided his big fancy regular (non-k cup) coffee maker, which we had put away in storage, was old and taking too long to brew. So I bought a regular old Mr. Coffee (and boy have they gone up in price.) The thing now was for me to find a brand of coffee that tasted good but didn’t do a job on my stomach.
I hate to admit this, because I hate the company, but Starbucks Yukon Blend is the best I have found. Years ago I drank this blend, it’s really good, a medium roast that doesn’t make me ill. I do not patronize Starbucks stores because I don’t drink all that crap flavored coffee they push and their plain, in-store brewed regular coffee is HORRIBLE. Thing is – the only place I’ve found that sells Yukon blend at a price I am willing to pay is, get this, Target! And the only problem with that is – it takes 2 weeks to receive it. 2 Weeks! The damn stuff gets shipped from California for some strange reason despite the fact that there is a Target about 3 miles away from where I live. (And no I am not going to take a cab to that store – that’s an expense I don’t need.)
Upside: We both get to drink coffee we like. We save money by not buying k-cups.
Downside: I have to plan pretty far ahead so I don’t run out of my preferred coffee blend and we wash coffee pots numerous times a day. Numerous!
But hey, you do what you gotta do to get a decent cup of coffee – at last!