What the Hell?!

We woke up this morning to discover our coffee maker is broken. I have no idea how or why, but it won’t brew or heat the pot. We had it set to “delay brew” for 6:00 AM and when we got up at 6:30, it was on, but nothing was happening. I can’t figure out how to fix it or what went wrong with it and I want to cry! This is my favorite coffee maker. It’s a beautiful cherry red color.  I loved it from the minute I set eyes on it in Big Lots, and I just had to have it, even going so far as demanding their shelf model when they couldn’t find any that were in boxes.

Our coffee makers never seem to last long. They always seem to crap out after about a year. I don’t know if it’s because we drink so much coffee in this house or the quality of the water or what. Thankfully, we had another coffee maker in the front closet I dragged out to make coffee with this morning, but I want to cry over my baby! I love this coffee maker!

It seemed to be working perfectly just yesterday. I had just decalcified it with a 50/50 solution of distilled white vinegar a couple of days ago. I was determined when we got this machine that it would last forever, so I tried to make sure I kept it working. Honestly, though, I don’t think it’s calcium build-up that broke it this time, since not even the little burner under the pot is working. This worries me, because it indicates it’s probably something broken on the little electronic card in the machine. I won’t even know where to start on fixing that.

So, we’re back to using our ugly black coffee maker. I have to admit, that coffee maker has lasted longer than any other one has. It just keeps trucking when all of the others break on us. That’s why I keep it around. It’s our “backup.” I don’t like the way it looks, and since the display features an analog clock instead of a digital one, I can’t program it, so that leaves my husband running it.

Which brings us to a fun fact: I can’t read analog clocks! I never have been able to, no matter how hard I try to figure them out.

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I’m Your Resident Coffee and Wine Snob

I have learned both of these obsessions from my dear husband, and I thank him dearly for showing me the finer things in life! Not only am I snobbish about wine and coffee, but I’m a little peculiar about cheese. This practically brings my poor cheese-loving Swiss husband to tears. I can’t stand his favorite cheeses.

My coffee must be dark roast, preferably the darker, the better. We routinely drink French roast or espresso roast in our drip coffee maker. In fact, a couple of years ago we discovered this fantastic “deal” on coffee through Amazon: a 5 lb. bag of whole bean Italian espresso roast coffee. Yes, we consume this entire bag in a little over a month! It’s fantastic both as regularly brewed coffee and as a great espresso.

I’m also a huge wine snob. I can’t stand cheap wine! My favorite brand is a great bottle of Moët & Chandon. Of course, living a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget isn’t exactly an option for us, so I don’t get this very often; we get to indulge maybe twice a year. It’s worth it, though. I still want to try Veuve Clicquot. Since Veuve Clicquot is nearly twice the price of a bottle of Moët & Chandon around here, I still haven’t had the opportunity to taste it.

As far as cheese goes, I dislike all of the cheeses that smell and taste like sweaty socks. They gross me out. My husband loves a good Brie or Camembert, but I just want to hurl chunks smelling them! I like “normal” cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan. I’ve tried all of his “fancy” cheeses, as I call them, and cannot stomach the smell or flavor! I still buy them for him to enjoy, but I pass on them.

What are some things you’re snobbish about?

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