Wakin' Up Is Hard to Do

I've totally fallen in love. Again.

The object of my affections is this:

The Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker

It's the Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker. And it made its way to OUR office!

Actually, it's been here for three weeks but I haven't had occasion to write about it yet. I know, I know... we should not ignore the ones we love.

It boasts:

This coffeemaker model features a carafe that is made of brushed stainless steel and accented in black. The Brew and Serve™ Coffee Maker brews coffee directly into the carafe by using Cuisinart's patented Brew-through lid.

Serving coffee is just as easy: the lid also dispenses the brew without ever having to twist or turn the carafe lid. The carafe is so efficient that it keeps coffee hot for 12 hours and warm for 8. It preserves that great coffee flavor from the moment you brew it. Totally programmable, this coffeemaker can be started any time during a 24-hour cycle.

Features include:


    12-cup Double-wall Insulated Stainless Steel Carafe
    Fully Automatic with 24-hour Programmability
    Patented Brew-through and Pour-through Lid
    Brew Pause Feature
    Automatic Shutoff
    "Brewing Complete" Audible Beep
    Water Level Indicator
    #4 Paper Filter Starter Kit
    Instruction Book
    Dimensions: 16" H x 7.5" W
    Limited 3-year Warranty


And let me tell you, this thing is the cat's meow. Seriously, you can drink coffee brewed at 9 am during your 3pm break and still burn your tongue on it. Not that a pot's ever lasted that long around here. If there was a downside, it's that you really have no idea how old the coffee is. But it's irrelevant because it's always delish.

The Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal Coffee maker now sits at the end of the hall, gaily singing its unmistakeable song every couple hours or so during our workday and beckoning us to come-hither and partake of its browny liquid gold.

Y'see, we've gone through three coffee makers in the time I've been at this place of work:

Always got time for run of the mill, bland coffee.
the disgustingly overpriced (and subsequently recalled) Tim Hortons Automatic Drip coffee maker which kept hot water in the reservoir at all times for instant gratification (the four-minute brew cycle was no small feat, I must admit),

and


yawn. coffee? thanks.

The everyday, ordinary, $30 Braun drip coffee maker (which I have and use extensively in my at-home life).








The former really didn't make a very good pot of coffee, and the latter...well, I think the latter was retired due to a cracked carafe and mediocre coffee.

The day it arrived, I didn't know what to make of it. It seemed nice, to say the least. I'm all for having an insulated carafe on hand to keep the caffeinated goodness from cooking too long, but never in my life did I dream that the coffee maker and the carafe would be built INTO ONE GLORIOUS UNIT that keeps coffee fresh all day! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't overjoyed at the prospect of the never-empty coffee pot. And coupled with a nice dark or french roast from these guys:



...you just can't lose.

As a result of this tremendous gift to sleepy employees, there's always coffee in the office. Also, there's a line at the bathroom. Just kidding about that last part.

Coffee-gut be damned! Thank god the boss has both a love for the fine-quality gadgetry, and a great cup of coffee.

Now, if only I could get the officemates to bring some coffee cream in every now and then, we'd be set around here.

This post about coffee is a result of blogspiration from Jason, who probably thinks he's the only one who can stupidly go on and on about coffee.

Posted bythemikestand at 3:08 PM  

4 stepped up to the mike:

Sassy said... 3:50 PM, January 31, 2006  

Oh man...now I have to get a cup. We have the kind at work that allows you to choose the little cup of your desired flavor, put it in without even UNWRAPPING it, and push the green button. Seconds later, your own, customized cup of coffee. Brilliance.

sween said... 4:30 PM, January 31, 2006  

See! Pointless minutia is what blogs are for!

Best coffee I have ever had was at the Epicure Cafe on Queen Street West in Toronto. I still measure any cup of coffee I get or (more importantly) make against their dark rich brew.

Mmmmmmm...

Jessica said... 4:38 PM, January 31, 2006  

Wow...now I have coffee maker envy. Sigh.

SassyK said... 8:16 AM, February 01, 2006  

The difference about your posting and Sweeney's posting is that you make me want a cup of coffee. I am experiencing coffee envy!

It really is about the simple things in life...

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