It is a legend of my office that at one time, we had a 12 cup coffee maker that rebrewed regular throughout the day. There are various stories of people not making a fresh pot, people not cleaning and letting the coffee mold, and people generally being rude and somewhat inhuman to each other. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that. However, the current solution of Keurig one-cup brews, or K-cups, is not an elegant one. The coffee inside each package is pre-ground and generally stale, despite a ‘freshness’ seal. Most of the flavors are either too strong or too weak (where’s my medium roast?!?). Finally, the K-cups brew what seems to be 7 oz., an amount that is perfectly the wrong size for one or two brews in my 12 oz. mug. I need like one and a half brews of K-cup.
But there is one thing I’ve discovered that not even K-cups can foul up – white hot chocolate. Liquid warmth beyond the understanding of mortal man, it comes out a little foamy, reminiscent of marshmallows and downy pillows. It’s like a hot cloud of wonderment.
McDonald’s may have its persuasive hooks in the world with copious amounts of salt, fat, sugar, and other horribly bad things, but Keurig will now always have a deeper hook in my heart.