Thanks to my pal Ernie over at Purple Sweatpants, I have forsaken my love of Starbucks Veranda blonde roast. My new love, Honest Roast Coffee’s Morning Blend is an organic, freshly roasted (literally four days before I got it and tasted my first cup!) coffee that is incredibly smooth. It shipped two-day priority mail, so it could’ve been enjoyed a bit sooner but we only head to the post office about once a week so it likely sat there for a day or two. My one-cup-a-day Starbucks has increased to two and even three cups with this new stuff. It’s so good that I’ve even cut my use of creamer by about half!
We’ve been using a basic Keurig, with a reusable filter insert, for the past several years, making drip coffee. I am currently practicing the art of delayed gratification, something that has truly alluded me my ENTIRE LIFE, as I ponder switching to a pour-over system, such as the Kalita Wave…also thanks to Ernie’s suggestion! lol
I’m not really sure how long of a time span is appropriate for this delayed gratification. I suppose the ultimate point of the exercise is to wait long enough that my rational brain comes to the realization that I function just fine without it and, therefore, don’t really need it. Simply delaying an inevitable purchase seems to be, more-or-less, a futile process. Meaning, my brain is currently operating on the assumption that I’m going to buy it, whether it be in the next two weeks, two months, or what-have-you. So, as the purchase isn’t overly cost prohibitive, why put it off?
I’ve made several mentions of the idea to my wife and she seems okay with it (right, babe? :-D) So who knows? Maybe I’ll wait until next payday…maybe not? Financially, nothing is stopping the purchase. It all comes down to whether it’s really necessary and/or would add any additional joy to our lives by improving our enjoyment of our coffee, a guiltless pleasure that we both get great joy out of on a daily basis. The Keurig continues to function appropriately, producing a fine cup of coffee. However, we’ve noticed that, although not so often, it does occasionally put off a strong (burnt?) coffee smell that isn’t overly appetizing and results in a bitter tasting cup of java. So would we truly be happier with a different brewing system? That’s the million dollar question.
I’m curious…when you find yourself considering a purchase such as this, what do you do to help yourself make an appropriate decision and avoid cognitive dissonance?
– Nurse on Fire