Shannon Stacey

This coffee’s a little chewy

Screwed up the coffee again this morning. It’s something I do at least once a month, but usually more. I think it’s because I set it up at eleven o’clock to go off the next morning and I’m not really at my best at bedtime.

The absolute worst is forgetting to set the carafe in place, which means waking up to runny grounds and brown water drowning everything on the counter and running onto the floor. I’ve done that three or four times, but in the grand scope of how often I screw it up, that counts as rare. My most frequent error is forgetting to add the water, which means waking up to nothing more than really hot glass. That’s followed by forgetting to hit the delay button, but at least then everything’s ready and my husband only has to hit the ON button.

This morning’s wasn’t really my fault, other than the fact I grabbed the first package of coffee filters I saw and they’re cheap, flimsy ones. It folded over, which allowed half the grounds to run down into the pot. Yum. My husband was putting on his coat to take Taz out when I stumbled into the kitchen, and he said, “You might want to grab a fork with your coffee this morning.”

Cranky man.

His mood wasn’t improved any when I just fired up the Keurig and brewed myself a hot, ground-free mug of coffee in less time than it took for Taz to do his business, but he was leaving for work anyway, so whatever.

Screwed-up coffee’s not the best way to start a morning, though!

6 comments to “This coffee’s a little chewy”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · January 25th, 2012 at 9:54 am · Link

    We’ve converted over to the Keurig. Easy set up, push the button, immediate gratification. No filters, timer, remembering to put the water and coffee grounds in, etc. It fits my need to be lazy and the coffee’s good. Even Biker Dude likes it. My sad, former multi-step coffeemaker is now up in the attic.

  2. Shannon
      · January 25th, 2012 at 10:02 am · Link

    My husband is still giving the new-fangled Keurig contraption the “get off my lawn” look, despite the fact he bought it.

    So the coffeemaker and the Keurig sit side-by-side on the counter so he can wake up to coffee he only has to pour into his cup. You know, assuming I didn’t screw it up. :)

  3. Julie
      · January 25th, 2012 at 10:22 am · Link

    I’m the only hot beverage drinker in the house and bought myself a combo bday Christmas Keurig present. Couldn’t live without it now.

    I love the variety that’s available.

    The 19 year old loves it for the hot water for instant soup/noodles.

  4. Shannon
      · January 25th, 2012 at 10:24 am · Link

    When I use my broiler pan, I’ll lay two paper towels over the top of it and then pour hot water over it to let it sit and soak. The Keurig’s GREAT for that!

    I haven’t tried any of the teas/hot chocolates yet. I’m thinking I might brew iced tea with it in the summer.

  5. Bev Stephans
      · January 25th, 2012 at 6:17 pm · Link

    I’ve been thinking about a Keurig for awhile. How is the strength of the coffee? I like mine pretty strong. Can you adjust the settings for stronger coffee?

  6. Shannon
      · January 25th, 2012 at 6:27 pm · Link

    I like mine not as strong, so it works out well for me that it takes two cycles through one K-cup to fill my favorite mug. I like Green Mountain coffees–Nantucket blend by morning and Breakfast Blend Decaf by night.

    You can buy a refillable K-cup, though, and fill it yourself with your favorite coffee. Cheaper, better for the landfills AND you can control the strength by adding a bit more. I bought the Ekobrew from Amazon, but I have to admit I haven’t tried it yet. (Convenience of K-cups is part of the allure for me.) I’ve read if it’s too fine a grind, it can leave sludgy stuff at the bottom (like the permanent mesh filters that come with coffeemakers nowadays), but if that’s a problem, you can skip the last sip or buy little paper filter liners they sell, I guess.

    The variety of K-cups is pretty amazing, too. I’ve seen quite a few that say “bold” or something similar. A lot of convenience stores and other places (like our VIP auto) have Keurigs and you buy the K-cup, so if you can find a place like that, you could experiment with a couple before buying.

  • Get my latest news straight to your inbox!

    I'll only be sending newsletters when I have news to share, and I'll never share your information. You'll receive an email asking you confirm your subscription (so please check your spam box if you don't receive that). You can unsubscribe at anytime.


  • Affiliation

    Shannon Stacey is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of

    If you purchase a book listed on the site from, she’ll earn a small commission. Thank you!