Serious coffee drinkers will appreciate this. I will admit it; I still have a coffeepot instead of a Keurig (or I did). I killed it. I got up as usual this morning and blindly fumbled my way into the kitchen. I filled it with water, took a nice big sniff of my Dunkin’ Donuts ground coffee as I filled it, and turned it on. Nothing happened. Nothing at all. I unplugged it, plugged it back in and it beeped at me and then just sat there. That woke me up!
Let me explain a little bit. I have a very healthy (from my perspective) relationship with my coffee. Throughout the years, it’s gotten me through a whole lot from babies up all night (where’s my coffee?) to dealing with my chronic illness (need coffee to function) and now, simply, to manage my life. It’s become more than just something to wake me up or make me more alert. Now, as it turns out, it’s more along the lines of a security blanket for me. It’s dependable. It’s there every single morning to cheer me on, to let me know that I can get started and make it through the day. It’s like an old friend that you can count on. I know that sounds crazy to those of you that either don’t drink coffee or view it as a treat or an occasional indulgence. For those of us that depend on it, though, there’s nothing worse than waking up expecting that first cup of coffee and getting nothing…zip…zilch.
So when my coffeepot simply sat there this morning staring at me, I was at a complete loss! I must have taken it apart, checked the water, checked the filter basket, checked the plug and anything else I could think of at least 10 times. Each time I plugged it back in and turned it on, it beeped 5 times and then just sat there. I looked around the kitchen like I was lost in a jungle. I had no idea how to proceed for a few minutes. Without coffee, it’s hard for me to think in the morning. Finally I gathered my thoughts enough to go look for the book on it. Maybe that will have answers for me and turn out to be an easy fix. Maybe it’s something simple that I missed. Nope; nothing like this under “troubleshooting”. As a long shot, I called Mr. Coffee and asked for assistance. Can someone please help me fix my coffeepot and make it work right this instant? Sadly, it turns out that it’s likely a fuse buried deep inside and unable to be fixed. The representative that I spoke with was very kind and they are sending me a replacement, which I genuinely appreciate. However, it’s going to take 6-8 business days! In real life, that’s an eternity without my morning coffee. I can’t even figure out what to do about that until I’ve had my coffee. Ohhhh.
I decide to take a drive and pick some up at the drive-through, so I bring the dogs along and take a ride. I feel, simultaneously, like a warrior for taking charge of this and like a baby for being so reliant on my morning coffee. As I drive, I’m thinking about it and have come to the conclusion that, if this is the worst that I do in my situation, I’m going to own it and not care that I’m dependent on a cup (pot) of coffee to make my day. I’m going to the store and I’m buying a cheap coffeepot to get me through the next couple of weeks until my new one arrives. I weighed out the costs of buying take-out every day (and I’d have to go out first thing every morning) and trying to drink instant (we all know that’s not the same). I’m pretty sure this is the most economical solution and will definitely make me the happiest. To those of you that are suffering from chronic illness, are simply exhausted, or just enjoy the taste of a great cup of coffee in the morning, I’m sure you’ll understand. So, as I’m finishing up my 2nd cup of take-out coffee, I’m getting ready to head to the store. This has now taken priority in my day and I’m okay with that.
RIP, Mr. Coffee. You will be missed.