I bet I have spent literally hundreds of hours searching for the perfect cup of coffee. Just a simple, good, rich, non-bitter cuppa joe. The first cup of coffee I ever had was percolated. It put me off for quite some time. But, being the romanticized artist that I assumed I was, I stuck with it. In my 20s, I was quite the sight to behold -- small cups of Turkish coffee in one had, lit Gitanes in the other, world-weary expression on my puss. Luckily, I got over-out-of the Gitanes habit. But I was hooked on dark, slightly bitter coffee. Black and lots of it. As I morphed out of artist-girl into advertising-person, my coffee got slightly more 'refined'. That would have been my French Roast/Espresso period. Remember, this was waaay before Starbucks and designer-y coffees.
As I have gotten older, I tend to take myself a lot less seriously. But, not my coffee. If I can find a really good cup of coffee, I will drink it black and savor every drop. Most of the time, however, it's only drinkable if I can add a dollop of cream. I have gone through most of the coffee-making methods in my quest - perc/drip/cold filter/boiled in a pan. The only method I have not tried is pressed.
Now comes the blaming bit - Leigh...it's your fault!!!! (Kidding.) I had, just that morning, been having a talk with my Melitta. "Lita," I said, "I sure wish you could keep coffee hot so I wouldn't have to inhale three cups in a row without any hope of savoring." But we all know how I am trying not to add things to my life, but shed them...
Meet Nissan (or "Nissie"):
* It is NOT made in China (Malaysia - is that as bad? Pleeze tell me it's not)
* It's not plastic (at least not ALL of it; it's mostly stainless steel), which means even I will have a hard time breaking this baby
* It keeps coffee hot for at least 2+ hours
* It takes no additional filter (less expense)
* It's non-electric.
But here is the best part -- I can drink my coffee black again!