I have one of those single-cup Keurig machines. The cheapest ones you can buy, since I’m the only coffee drinker in the house. I use a re-usable filter even though real coffee drinkers swear it doesn’t make the coffee strong enough. I use hazelnut coffee and I add hazelnut creamer. It probably tastes as much like coffee to a real coffee drinker as a glass of milk does.
But it’s my coffee. And even when I used to make the same coffee with the same creamer in a different machine at an office I worked at years ago? It never tasted right. I know a few coffee drinkers much like myself who said the same, some even stated that it might have been the coffee machine and that a nespresso coffee machine can be good and might be able to help with the taste.
I seem to only like my coffee in my machine with my creamer.
And most importantly?
In my cups.
We have tons of coffee mugs, but I stick to the same 2 which are the perfect size to hold and to fill. Over the years those “perfect” mugs have rotated a bit when one breaks, and I struggle to find a replacement so I at least always have two. When they’re both dirty and I have to resort to using something else in the cabinet? Like a boring mug that matches our dishes? Or a lame-o Firefox mug? I feel like the coffee tastes…wrong. And don’t get me started on hotel coffee. When I travel? I don’t even bother. I just drink Diet Coke out of the machine down the hall to get my caffeine fix.
So, if my cup is dirty? I wash it. Even if it’s 3am and I’m dragging after a bought of insomnia (like I’m currently dealing with right now) I’ll wash the cup before making the coffee. Just so that I can be assured that my morning jolt of caffeine is brewed how I like it, and contained in the right mug. Because then – somehow – the day always feels like it’s starting on the right foot.
Is this just me? Are you picky about your coffee? And if so – how do you deal with travel?
Or dirty dishes?