… percolated coffee?
Well, it had a good run. On our kitchen counter, there was a drip coffee maker that we paid $29.99 for a long time ago. At the time, it was to replace a coffee maker that had all the bells and whistles. For some reason, we decided to go very cheap with this one and it had certainly had a very long life that came to an end this week.
I’d noticed that there was water on the counter when I would clean up and just figured that was me missing the water well in the back while making my first cup of the day. As my wife pointed out, no, it’s a leak in the machine itself.
So, off to Canadian Tire we went.
It’s been a long time since I’d been coffee maker shopping. I remember a nice selection when last we purchased – I think at the Kmart in Waterloo. I didn’t expect to see an entire aisle and a half devoted to coffee makers. So many choices.
Except for the type that I remember from my parents’ house so many years ago!
The one I remember was made from steel or aluminum. Inside there was a basket that sat on a hollow pole. You’d put coffee in the basket; sometimes we’d put a paper towel in there to act as a filter and then fill it with water. Then, you’d turn a burner on the stove to high and put the coffee maker in place. Once the stove had warmed up and the element had turned that orange-y red colour, the water started to boil. Up through the pole it went and spilled over the coffee in the basket, through the filter, and then back to meet the rest of the water, making an interesting bubbling sound. You’d let it go for a while (I’m not sure that I ever knew how long) and then take it off the stove and it was ready. The neat thing was that my parents would take it camping with us and the same process worked well over a campfire although it sure took a lot longer! With modern technology, it’s now ready in a couple of minutes.
We didn’t have a great deal of choice in terms of coffee growing up. There were two grocery stores in town (IGA and Red & White) and they both carried Maxwell House coffee. I don’t recall any other option other than take it or leave it. As a kid, it didn’t really matter to me; I hated the stuff but it did fill the house with a nice aroma by the time it was done percolating. I don’t ever remember when I first started to drink coffee; I suspect that it might have been in the student lounge in the Mathematics Building at the university using it to try and stay awake to solve problems.
Percolated coffee also added a piece of jargon to education – “Let that percolate in your mind for a while”. “Let that drip in your mind for a while” just doesn’t cut it.
So, for a Sunday, your thoughts please …
- Do you remember percolated coffee in your house? How was it created? I hear there were electric models …
- Where would you find coffee percolating today?
- Do you have a favourite brand of coffee?
- What’s your favourite coffee shop?
- Have your moved on from coffee to some of the more exotic drinks like Starbuck’s Venti Christmas Tree Frappuccino Blended Creme with Whole Milk?
- Were you as surprised as I was when stores were compelled to tell you the calorie content of things only to learn that Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s coffee actually has 3-5 calories in them? (A drop in the mug compared to the Starbuck’s offering above)
- Whose motto was “Good to the last drop”?
- Do you drink decaffeinated?
- Or do you stay away from the stuff altogether?
If you’re reading this first thing on Sunday morning, make sure you’ve had your morning cuppa and then reply in the comments below. I’d enjoy reading them.
This is part of a regular Sunday series. You can check out all the posts here.