I am Looking for a Bigger Coffee Maker

I love my cup of coffee,  I have one, maybe two cups a day and I want it to be good, really good.  I wake up excited for my coffee, sort of like my excitement for a glass of wine at the end of a long day, but todays post is all about coffee.  I like to make my own and it has to be strong.  Over the years, I have tried many coffee makers and brands of coffee.  Turns out, for me, expensive is not necessarily better. Currently at home, I am using Cafe 1820 – Costa Rican Ground Coffee 17.5 Oz – 500 Grams.  I discovered it a few summers ago while staying in Costa Rica and I buy it from Amazon.com.  It is a rich, delicious coffee.  YUM!

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

It use to be just me having coffee at home and now my oldest son seems to have picked up the taste and my trusty Cuisinart  4 cup with stainless-steel carafe with this gold tone filter is not going to cut it, especially when I use the whole carafe to fill my large cup!  I now make two rounds of coffee in the morning, one for me and one for him. And lets not even talk about this past weekend when we had guests, I think I made 6 rounds each morning…

Time to find a bigger coffee maker and buy more mugs!

Besides making good coffee, I would like the carafe to be dishwasher safe and sturdy.  I have lost many a glass carafe to the dishwasher and had a problem just getting a replacement carafe.  That is one of the reasons I have the stainless steel version now. I am interested in the BrewStation that holds the coffee in the machine and dispenses as needed (Check out the Krupp! Talk about an investment.. Yowzer).  Anyone have one of those?

Calling all coffee lovers reading this… Do you have one of the below 6 coffee makers?  Please let me know what you are using and love.. this coffee drinker (and son) would like to know!

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

to buy: 1. Black & Decker 12 Cup Thermal Coffeemaker  /  2. Cuisinart Black Steel Coffeemaker  /3. Hamilton Beach BrewStation   /  4. KRUPS Cup on Demand  /  5. BUNN HG 8 Cup Coffee Brewer  /  6. Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10 Cup

 

Large Ice Cube Trays

I love my hot coffee, but when the temperature starts to climb I like to switch to ice coffee.  I recently started pouring the extra coffee from each mornings pot into my new large ice cub trays and freezing them.  Because the size of the cubes are much bigger, it takes longer to really freeze the squares, so plan ahead and be prepared to wait for them to harden.  This weekend I had my first iced coffee with the coffee ice cubes. I made an extra pot of coffee and let it come to room temperature, then poured it over two cubes, added some milk and settled down to enjoy it with a new book.  It was divine!  The coffee cubes did not water down my drink but added to the intense coffee flavor. If only I had a hammock, with a table near by to rest my glass, and then it would have been the perfect afternoon delight…

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Large Ice Cube Trays   /  Juliska Glasses / The Lake House by Kate Morton  /  Eyebobs cat eye readers