Thursday, August 21, 2008

That's It. I Want My Own Barista.

I sat down at my desk really early today for some reason (why???), and my morning coffee gave me fits . . . and now it's gone. So I thought I'd throw out some useless chatter I'd normally direct at a lucky coworker. You know, if I had one.

I pour myself 2 or 3 nice mugs o' joe each a.m., but while I'm working I get distracted and the coffee gets cold. Yuck. And as time gets away from me, the coffee loses that fresh-brewed taste. Double-yuck. I am, admittedly, finicky about it.

My "solution" has been to TRY to remember to slam the java and make frequent early trips upstairs (I have a basement office) for refills, which I must also drink too quickly for my liking. My entire weekday coffee experience is lacking.

When our old coffeemaker died several months ago, I specifically bought one with a thermal carafe. The idea was that I'd just keep it on my desk on workdays. I thought the coffee would stay fresher (it does by a hair) and I'd naturally get to it faster from not needing to walk anywhere.

Well, this is the first time ever that I've remembered to haul the carafe to my office. (Old habits die hard.)

So far, not so good.

While pouring my first mug this morning, I dripped on my planner and a printed manuscript draft. Fine. It's just paper. With the second, I dripped on the desk and my keyboard (it's protected!) and then left a coffee ring on a library book (I wiped it clean in time!). Looks like I need special conditioning to pour, neatly, from a seated position.

As usual by my second cup, I forgot about the coffee long enough for it to cool way down. So I had to slam it at lukewarm to avoid a wasteful pour-out (and trip to the kitchen). When I wanted a third mug — I kid you not — I got out of my chair and started to walk toward the stairs. So it also looks like I'm more like my dog and my husband (hi honey!) than I realized. Meaning, apparently, I cannot deal with even a small break in routine.

Tomorrow I'll revert to my old unsatisfying coffee routine. Sigh.

Get back to work, people! Yak break over!


Andy said...

You need a coffee maker at your desk! None of this trudge upstairs stuff. Get yourself one of those cute little "brews just one cup right into the mug" machines and then you will always have a fresh, hot cup ready to be enjoyed.

Visiting from ICLW

Ronda's Rants said...

Your blog design was my very first and I loved it...then I went to the freebie at and now they are going to design a cute one to macth my current background!
I work at home too! I am constantly going back into the kitchen for coffee...I was going to start using a thermal cup...for this very reason. Thankfully, I do not have a basement office. Thanks for stopping by and I enjoyed your post!

Anne said...

I recommend capresso espresso machine ... it grinds the beans makes a cup of the very best espresso and dumps the grinds all within about 30 seconds. I make 4 oz cups at a time, add steamed milk and drink it before it gets cold. Then I move on to the next cup .. and the next cup and the next cup.

Teal Marie Chimblo Fyrberg said...

Go for a french press...really smooth and fresh cup every time and you'll use less coffee. I found you on ICLW as well and I am thrilled. I am a visual artist and yoga teacher, and I love to write. Lots of stories knocking about in my head. I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs about writing.

In Due Time said...

Coming over from ICLW...

I have been craving a good cup of coffee all week. You should get a french press!

Erin said...

I do the same thing with my tea. I always forget about it and it gets cold and weird.

What a waste!


Raggedy Ann said...

That doesn't happen around here cuz in Portugal people go to the cafe for an espresso. I would never get as much pleasure drinking coffee at's the whole café culture. Sitting there watching the world go by while sipping away. My advice: move to Europe.

Thanks for the comment on my blog :-)


PS: Took a look at your book list on your profile, I think my list of favourite books would be pretty much the same. I was trying to tell a friend about Harriet, the Spy the other day. Oh the memories!

Jaymee said...

I gave up coffee for tea a few years ago. The kind I drink has the same amount of caffine. The best part it stays hot forever. Good luck in figuring out you coffee situation.


Stephanie, Phil, Kayla, Logan & Alex said...

That sounds just like me - I can't drink it fast enough for it to stay tastey. (ICLW)

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

Here from ICLW...
I like how the photo is a little shaky, it reminds me of the coffee jitters!

Danifred said...

As disgusting as it is, I reheat my coffee about ten times every morning and I'm usually no further than twelve feet away from the coffee pot.

CappyPrincess said...

I used to have the same problem (coffee getting old and cold). I ended up with one of those "cup at a time" makers and rediscovered how good coffee can be.

Good luck with finding the right solution for you.