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  • Writer's pictureClaire Marie

The Coffee Pot

If you drink coffee, there's a good chance you have at least one coffee pot. How long did it take you to decide on that coffee pot? An hour? A day? A Week? A Month? However long it took, my guess is that the first coffee pot you owned was either super cheap because it was your first or free because it was a gift.

My parents used an electric percolator coffee pot with a stove-top one as back-up and for camping. When automatic drip pots came onto the market, my parents didn't just run out and buy a new pot. It took YEARS for them to get one and the percolator pot stayed in storage - just in case the new one died.

Me? I've owned three electric coffee pots and one pour-over pot during my adult life. I bought the pour-over pot as a back-up for having coffee if the power went out. Coffee drinkers do not want to be without coffee - EVER. (Even Jeffrey Walter knows that I can't hold a coherent conversation until I've had my coffee.)

My first electric pot was a Mr. Coffee 10 or 12 cup coffee pot that cost about $20. It died after a few years and got repaired for about $20. It got left with the ex, I think.

The second one was a 4-cup Mr. Coffee that cost about $20 and lasted me about 20 years. In more recent years, it was used for warming canning lids for my home canning. I actually miss that one for its versatility.

The third coffee pot still works, and I've had it at least 30 years. It was one of those free gift-with-purchase things for the first coffee subscription service I ever heard of - Gevalia coffee. I didn't use the subscription for long, but the coffee pot has been fabulous, but not perfect - I have to make a large pot of coffee anytime I use it.

Since the introduction of the pod coffee makers, I've been looking at getting a new coffee pot, but when I would start looking at all the new ones on the market, I would get frustrated. I need a coffee pot that can make a single cup OR a whole pot, and I have decided that they still don't make the perfect coffee pot.

Oh wait! Let's not forget, I even have an electric percolator pot and a single cup pot. No, I didn't buy either of them, which is why I didn't list them earlier. The electric percolator is not the one my parents had - I believe it actually finally died at some point. It one was my mother-in-law's and I'm told it still works. I haven't used it yet, but as a coffee addict, uh I mean connoisseur, I believe in having a back-up to the back-up.

Oh yeah - that single cup pot? It belonged to our youngest daughter when she was in college. I currently use it to make my tea.

I'm not picky or cheap or anything like that, I just want a coffee pot that can do EVERYTHING. You know - it needs to grind the beans AND make large pots of coffee or single-serving size cups. It would also be nice if it could make cappuccino and espresso, but I'm not that picky. That frother thingy isn't necessary either, but a cool feature, just in case. Hot water for tea or instant noodles would be good too, but like I said, I'm not picky.

After about 2 years of searching, I still haven't found the perfect coffee pot, but I think I've come close. I think the only thing it doesn't do besides the cappuccino and espresso is grind the beans. Oh well, I usually buy pre-ground anyway. I guess I'll just have to grin and bear it until someone makes the perfect coffee pot.

What do you consider is the perfect coffee pot? Do you have a favorite? Do you grind your own beans? What do you think?

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