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It was December 2005. I had spent the night – for the very first time, eek! – at my then-boyfriend’s place. In was an airy loft, with wall-to-wall windows and a homey setting that was unfamiliar and welcoming at the same time. In typical Lena fashion, I found myself wide awake at 6:00am. Next to me, my boyfriend slept soundly, no doubt enjoying a well-deserved Sunday morning sleep-in.
I tossed and turned. What time does he wake up? I wondered.
If it was say, 7:00am, I could deal. A quick bathroom break and a swish of mouthwash, and I could wait it out. But what if he was more like a 9:00am waker upper? Or – gasp – a nooner?
I mentally counted forward from our bedtime of 12:30am. 6 hours… 7 hours… surely I could bet he’d be awake in about an hour or two at the most…
8:15am. Still asleep.
8:56am. Oh! He scratched his cheek! And then turned over and resumed snoring.
9:32am. This. is. torture.
Inspiration struck. I could make coffee! I mean, who doesn’t wake up when the aroma of fresh coffee permeates the air, right? I tiptoed down the stairs (two-floor loft by the lake, ladies – yeah, there was a reason I reeled that fish in) and realized almost immediately that there was one flaw in my master plan: I had no idea how to make coffee.
So sue me! We had those K-Cup coffee things at the office, and my parents are tea drinkers, so I didn’t grow up with a coffee brewer. I considered the contraption on his countertop (which, looking back, was a very basic model compared to the rocket-science renderings today) and wondered if I could work it out based purely on a physical assessment.
1. Water reservoir: Easy enough. Just fill to the “fill line” indicator for 12 cups. Better safe than sorry!
2. Filter: Also, a piece of cake – except it took me 20 minutes to find them. WHO stores filters with their spices? Oh yeah, bachelor here.
3. Coffee grounds reservoir: Add 10 scoopfuls – that should be enough, right? Okay, add more. Going on the assumption that strong coffee is better than weak coffee. Press start.
Fortunately for me, my boyfriend did awaken to the smell of fresh coffee brewing. And as he entered the kitchen, with sleepy eyes and tousled hair, I felt the aura of a domestic goddess surround me. Until I noticed that he was staring pointedly at the coffee maker.
“Um, are we expecting company? How much coffee are you brewing there?”
Suddenly, 12 cups seemed a tad much for two people. I ignored him as I opened the fridge, only to find out he was out of milk.
“I usually grab a Starbucks on the way to work,” he said by way of apology. “Sorry. And I think I’m out of sugar too.”
The result: 12 cups of the strongest, most lethal coffee known to mankind. I swear it almost corroded our drain as I dumped it in the sink. My face flaming, I concentrated on the fact that the means justified the end: HE WAS AWAKE.
That was almost 10 years ago. And for 10 years, that same boyfriend (now husband) has been making me coffee every single day. See? There’s a silver lining to my gross incompetence! I’ve been exonerated from coffee-making duties for life. High five!
This morning, my coffee was brewed by the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Programmable Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Hot Water Dispenser. It’s a mouthful, I know! But seeing that it has the ability to replace THREE of the small appliances currently on my countertop, you’ll want to see why it’s my husband’s favourite new gizmo.
Whether you are getting breakfast ready for the kids or fixing a quick cup for yourself, the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Programmable Single-Serve Coffee Maker with Hot Water Dispenser simplifies your morning.
Place a single serve pack in the holder, close the lid, and brew. Or, brew ground coffee the traditional way. Or, obtain hot water with one hand dispensing. It does it all! The coffeemaker is easy to program up to 24 hours in advance, and it also boils and dispenses hot water for hot cocoa, oatmeal, or instant cereals. (The water stays hot for 30 minutes, so it’s ready when you are.)
Wake up to your favorite beverage. Fill the coffeemaker with water and your favorite coffee the night before and program for a hot cup right as you wake up, or have water ready for hot cereal when the kids sit down for breakfast. You can program both coffee or hot water options, and if you hit the snooze button, the hot water feature keeps water above 176°F for 30 minutes.
Choose your brew strength. This coffeemaker offers the choice of regular or bold brewing strengths. If you typically purchase coffee described as bright, breakfast blend, or mildly flavoured and are not fond of espresso, your taste buds will be more at home with the regular setting. If, on the other hand, you are drawn to dark roast coffee beans at the store and look for coffee adjectives such as bold, deep, or rich, choose the bold brew setting.
Brewing with a single-serve pack. Insert a single-portion pack into the coffeemaker and enjoy a piping hot cup in no time. The FlexBrew Programmable Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Hot Water Dispenser allows quick brewing in less time than an in-store experience. Simply insert the single-serve pack and press it into the tray and that’s it. Brew up to 10 ounces.
Brewing with ground coffee. Pre-packaged coffee isn’t for everyone. You can grind your own coffee beans to the medium-grind setting or save time and purchase pre-ground coffee. The permanent filter means no extra filters or adapters to buy. An adjustable cup rest lets you brew into a travel cup if you are on-the-go or a traditional mug to enjoy your coffee at home. Single-serve means you can brew a fresh cup whenever you like. Using ground coffee you can brew up to 14 ounces.
Extra convenience with multiple options. Not a coffee drinker or prefer other varieties of hot beverages? The FlexBrew Programmable Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Hot Water Dispenser allows for a variety of single-serve teas and even hot chocolate. Use the hot water dispenser for beverages or food. Prepare oatmeal in the morning, instant soup at lunch, or a cup of tea in the evening. One-hand dispensing makes it easy to fill a cup or bowl.
The best part? This 3-in-1 machine retails for about $130, which is less than the cost of most single-serve coffee makers! True flexibility for the entire family. Click here to purchase online or find a retailer near you.
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