I Kicks The Flavor

CLM said something sweet. Now that she’s on her own for coffee in the morning, she bought a coffee pot to make her own. And she noted: “It doesn’t taste as good as when you make it in the office.”

I responded with “that’s because I make mine with love.”

A horrible joke because:
A – Like I have some to spare.
B – That requires a recipe and I ain’t thinking before coffee.
C – I was actually trying to be mean and imply she has issues loving herself. Self loathing, low self esteem, that kind of thing. But it missed its mark completely. But this isn’t about her emotional baggage. It’s about the nectar of life, coffee.

The truth of the matter is, my 11-year old coffee pot is a tested veteran in the ways of rich, delicious coffee. Her pot is a brand spanking new rookie. Just up from Double-A, with wide eyes that are caught in headlights over every little thing in The Show; not quite sure if it belongs; and still smelling of like fresh plastic.

Which leads me to think of all those times CLM looked down at my coffee pot and commented about how it needed to be cleaned and was gross or disgusting, only to hear me respond: “That’s flavor!”

See? Guys are more than just disgusting slobs who don’t want to clean something we need daily. We’re brewmasters. Each layer of previous coffee grime has its own aromatic purpose.

And while that primary purpose is “to prevent me from having to clean the pot,” it still makes a darn good cup of delicious coffee. I think someone owes the disgusting coffee pot an apology.


2 Responses to I Kicks The Flavor

  1. [colleen] says:

    First of all, I believe I said that the coffee doesn’t taste as good when I make it, implying that I simply do not make good coffee and I have found that self-deprecation rarely tells a lie. And the same philosophy that can be applied to your mom’s cooking (ie whatever you make doesn’t taste as good as when she makes it, despite it being the same recipe) can be applied to the coffee-making.

    Secondly, the best thing I did in that office was introduce a sponge/dish soap to your coffee pot. It is NOT an iron skillet, therefor flavor “particles” don’t come from using it a ton and not washing it.

    So in conclusion, I’m not apologizing to it. PS- When was the last time you washed it since I left??

  2. Kevin says:

    Dude, you’ve been gone for five business days (and one morning I was at the Superdome). There’s no chance in hell it’s getting washed until at least November.

    And I’m not talking about the glass pot, which you rinse so the water you’re putting in isn’t brown. I’m talking about the actual brewing parts (primarily the filter holder). That’s where the flavor is.

    Quick story: Nick Tahou’s garbage plate:

    Rumor has it when they run low on the meat sauce, they simply make more in the pot. The pot is constantly in use. Which means no cleaning of the pot. We’re talking a place that was open 24/7 from like 1970 to 1997. Zero washes. So the most delicious food in world history uses my principle.

    Also, the whole “someone else making it is better” thing doesn’t apply, because my coffee is simply better than most people’s (and because my mom always makes dumb substitutions to recipes).

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