Now it's the coffee maker that I will probably toss out.
November 22, 2016 9:07am CST
I have managed to do quite well these past few days without: 1. A microwave oven 2. An electric sliced bread toaster Now it's time to see if I can manage without the electric coffee maker. With my choice of 3 different styles of French Press I can measure the exact amount for just one cup. In the past I always made coffee for groups of 4 or more people and when nobody came over you can guess who guzzled all that black death, yep, yours truly. I find that it is just as easy to boil just enough water on the stove top in a sauce pan with a glass lid on and let it come to a low boil, then pour it into my French Press. Wait 4 minutes as my measure of coffee sits there and then press down on it with the press filter then turn the top to pour and it comes out clean, fresh and strong. Moreover, I don't waste as much coffee nor drink as much. I am somewhat surprised that I have eliminated 2 electrical kitchen appliances that constantly do a parasitic drain on the home power while plugged into a wall outlet 24/7 and found alternative ways to get the same result without them. Not only that but I am frankly glad to discover that I no longer really need a coffee maker. And I see those ads about single cup coffee makers that cost anywhere from 100 bucks to 500 or more, just to be impressive. I get my coffee either in bean form or already ground, medium roast is my preference. I do still use my electric coffee bean grinder, which has several grinding levels from very fine for espresso to medium and coarse, for a light cup of brew. Still, I may be looking for a high end mechanical, non-electric, coffee bean grinder made of stainless. I hope it doesn't put me back too much. If so I will have then eliminated 4 electrical household kitchen appliances. I may go as far as to stop using an electric can opener, but since the one I have works, I will probably keep using it. It is easier on the wrist and something can be said for the simplicity of using an electric can opener. Meanwhile, I will be using the French press for a while and maybe I will even master the art of that perfect single cup of coffee that I so take for granted at the coffee shop.
2 people like this
• United States
23 Nov 16
I have thought about making coffee the old fashioned way. But the reality is I got spoiled with my Keurig machine. I need that now. I don't mind it at all. I don't always keep it plugged in though. So it is not always on. I hardly ever use my toaster anymore since I don't really eat bread anymore. I do however like my microwave oven. Basically for small things, just heating up leftovers really. Going back to basics always sounds like a good idea.
• Dallas, Texas
23 Nov 16
I didn't actually realize how much I have taken things for granted until I managed to do without them for several days or even a few weeks. I know now that I only like the convenience of some small appliances but if the truth be told, I could actually live without a lot of them but then I tend to favor convenience and practicality over going green by not depending on what most Americans do. I am on a learning curve.