There’s a well worn path from here to there, where the sheets fall down and my feet slip in, to the cozy, tattered slippers that click down the stairs towards the corner of the kitchen, where the coffee beans sit and the coffee maker stands, where the windows welcome the faded morning light in.
This post was created in a long term partnership with OXO, a brand that I’ve had in my home since day one of adulthood. I’m grateful for an ongoing partnership with a company that I buy with my own money.
The pop of the top lets the fresh beans out for a whirl and a twirl through the college-old blades of a grinder and a reminder that it’s time to start the day. One more whirl for a slightly finer grind. Two scoops, level, dump. Now it’s time to press play.
The machine drinks the water, just enough, no more, and it rains over the grinds like a brief Florida pour, in the morning, without burning the beans or your mouth, keeping that fruity floral flavor roasted by our neighbor to the south.
Drip, beep, sip, ahh.
This is the well worn path to a good morning. Good morning.
Thanks for wading through my “poem” and a shaky short video. Can you tell I’ve been reading lots of board books lately? It feels good to create between the bottle feedings and the dishes and the baby naps and online schooling and the messes. Finding a tiny hunk of time to make something is helping me get through these long days, that and coffee, especially coffee made by this OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee Maker. Let it be known, this machine makes coffee as good as an Aeropress and pour over. (I can’t believe I’m saying it either.) There are a couple important things to highlight about this maker in case you didn’t catch it in my “poem”:
- The coffee maker brews in the same way that you’d make a pour over, first wetting the beans, pausing, and then brewing for maximum flavor release.
- The machine doesn’t burn the beans or your mouth, which is a common problem of most coffee makers. What do I mean by burn? Think of the taste of toast—burned toast versus just right toast. Heat changes the flavor, and coffee grinds brewed with too hot of water will burn and taste like it too. Note: when brewed at the proper temperature, you should be able to enjoy right away.
- I love its ability to make a single cup (I’m the only one that drinks coffee here) or an 8-cup carafe (when family is in town or friends come over). It allows you to do both! The beauty of the stainless steel carafe, too, is that it keeps the coffee warm without continuing to cook it (burn it), like the hot plate on the base of many coffee makers.
- To make great coffee: start with the freshest roasted beans you can find. My local favorites are Wonderstate Coffee, Fika Coffee, and Northern Coffeeworks. Then, use the same water you drink throughout the day to make your coffee. Water is the main ingredient. (If you don’t enjoy drinking your tap water, you may not enjoy tap water coffee either.)
Cheers to the simple things, like the well worn path to the coffee machine.
SOURCES: OXO Brew 8-cup Coffee Maker | Slippers | OXO Pop Container
Thank you for this thoughtfully written reflection on the small moments that start our day. I came back to this post this spring when we needed a new coffee maker and we are really happy with this one, so thanks for the recommendation!
One additional “perk” (ha) that I appreciate about this unit is that there isn’t a heating element that stays on. Once the coffee is done brewing the unit shuts off and I don’t have to worry about turning it off (or leaving the house and panicking halfway to work about whether it’s off or not).
Isn’t it the best? I love that it turns off too and doesn’t keep cooking the coffee. We’re going to put this coffee maker at the cabin too. I tried one of the coffee makers recommended by brewers at a friend’s house and the coffee-making quality was just as high (and way more user friendly).
Ok, so first things first. This came at the perfect time since we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. The traditional gift was coffee or tea so I thought great! I will get “us” a new coffee maker. This is wonderful!! It makes a great cup of coffee or a pot when we have company. Thank you so much for your posts!! They are so very wonderful! I will say tho, I am in need of a good grinder. Any suggestions?
Our coffee maker just broke and I remembered this post! I ordered the Oxo and it arrives tomorrow. 🙂
I hope you love it as much as I do. Either way, let me know what you think!