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Interesting question to consider:
My quest for my personal favorite of all cameras, the black paint Leica MP will always remain a dream and still it reminds me of the quality, beauty and simplicity of 35mm film cameras. It is a camera that will last a very long time in use as intended. And in a hundred years, it will be a popular collector’s item I am sure.
With coffee makers, is there a match of sorts to a fine camera like the MP?
This is one of those “sultry mornings on the back porch conversational here in the Deep South topics” that has me thinking about the disposable appliances and things we all have and I am growing weary of seeing them tossed aside, including cars. (Ever driven through the countryside and noticed all the junk cars around rural homes and in fields?)
As I enjoy the early morning light in the rose garden with a cup of coffee, I recall the hard work and ethics involved with establishing a small garden of sorts, all of which are good for the planet: recycling , repurposing, repairing, replanting, and rethinking. Over a cup of coffee, my mind is free to wonder.
I am now wondering about those disposable Keurig cups in the kitchen, but also about the coffee makers themselves? Are all coffee makers destined for the landfill?
My Moka pot has a fairly long life span I think. It is already a classic decor piece and can easily be passed down to grandchildren. LOL.
Pour overs? Maybe… glass, metal…
Espresso machines? I don’t have a clue…
Time for me to get back to work. Wishing everyone a grand week starting… now!
The Gaggia Classic is a great yet simple machine, I have had mine for ten years now. The pump broke a few years back and it was very easy to install an upgraded one myself.Dave,
Great post and I enjoyed reading it.
I started my coffee drinking in the Navy (1980). Back then I would drink pretty much anything that had caffeine in it to keep going through the midnight watches. So my bar was set pretty low from the start
Over the years I tried a lot of machines and gadgets here and there. But I finally settled down to two things about 15 years ago. One for espresso and one for every morning coffee.
For espresso I have a Gaggia Classic. Nothing fancy and I can pull a shot that satisfies my wife's and my taste buds. Are there better machines out there? Absolutely, but we are not every day espresso drinkers.
Now for brewing every day and sometimes multiple times a day I use the Chemex pour over. I don't think I will ever go back to an automatic maker. Yes, I also have a Moka pot and french press in the cabinet that I got over the years and do use them from time to time for variety and we do have a Keurig that is used occassionally when it is grab and go and when guests are over.
So the short answer for me is: Chemex pour over. No moving parts, no electronics to break. Paper filter, coffee, hot water. Perfect cup of coffee
Hope you have a great week too.