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Goodbye Charlie

Posted on 2010.01.08 at 10:25
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King of Kings

I purchased my Krups Cafe Il Bistro at Lords & Taylor (Dillard's) in the King of Prussia Mall outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania upon my arrival there in 1997 and its been a good and faithful friend ever since.

It passed away Tuesday morning at 0530.

In lieu of a memorial service, my wife dumped it into the trashcan along with the $40 Original Replacement Carafe I had to order off the internet in 2004.

The Il Bistro would drop only measured amounts of water into the grounds waiting for each pass to complete before sending the next, and with the cone filter, maximize its flavor. I like my coffee very black, and very thick. No other coffee maker I've owned has even come close to this.

I bought the best "el cheapo" I could off the shelf at Wal-Mart that morning. Not a one utilizes a cone filter, but I found a GE which has a 'gourmet' mode - which appears to brew more slowly. I'm still playing with water levels and scoop volumes to get it at least drinkable.

And it can't make expresso.

Rest In Peace little buddy. I'll never forget you.


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-01-08 16:41 (UTC) (Link)
Had I only known I would have attended the memorial service.
ehowton at 2010-01-08 16:45 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for your kind words.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-01-08 16:45 (UTC) (Link)
Why couldn't you just buy the updated model of this coffee maker?
ehowton at 2010-01-08 16:47 (UTC) (Link)
Money. That is not an inexpensive machine. Furthermore, I went looking for its direct descendant several years ago when its steamer went out and couldn't find one comparable.
anakngtinapa at 2010-01-08 16:53 (UTC) (Link)
My condolences. :|

I only drink instant decaf. No sad parting with a machine for me.
ehowton at 2010-01-08 16:56 (UTC) (Link)
To this day I have flashbacks of Saudi Arabia every time a cup of instant touches my lips, as that's all I had on base for six months.

Its very disconcerting.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2010-01-08 17:13 (UTC) (Link)
A sad tale indeed.

I got a coffee maker for Christmas. It makes espressos and cappuccinos too, which I wouldn't normally care about if I hadn't found "red espresso", which is rooibos-based and is awesomely nice.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-01-08 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, we are all in tears over it.
catttitude at 2010-01-08 17:41 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe when tax returns come, if they come this year we can splurge the $300.00 to get another.
ehowton at 2010-01-08 17:49 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe that new Dillard's in Allen will open up.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2010-01-08 17:47 (UTC) (Link)
Have you considered a French press?

They are cheap, make excellent coffee, and it's fairly straight-forward to make it as thick and dark (or not) as you like.

The main downside is that they require more attention (and cleaning) that an automatic coffee maker...
ehowton at 2010-01-08 17:51 (UTC) (Link)
We used those overseas and they're great! But I like to set mine the night before so its good and ready for me in the morning - one of the ways I'd offset the extended brew time.

nicetwins at 2010-01-08 20:27 (UTC) (Link)

Sorry :(

I was dismayed to hear such troubling news the other morning... where are we without that perfect cup of coffee? We should have had a combined ceremony for your coffee maker and my little girl's frog.... (that might have been a little gross though) or I could have made you a small pillow and blanket for your coffee maker to take to its final resting place as I did for the frog :)
ehowton at 2010-01-08 23:54 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sorry :(

Like the Vikings, I wanted to set it aflame to facilitate its journey to Valhalla.
prog_guy69 at 2010-01-09 03:29 (UTC) (Link)
My wife has 5 different coffee makers. One is a single cup one (it's in storage). Another one is a 40 cup coffee maker (it is in storage). The third is a Mr Coffee coffee maker that we use for her peppermint coffee and "Bad Ass" flavored coffees. The fourth is kept under the counter and makes lattes and espressos (she goes to Starbucks instead). The last one is a Keurig Platinum coffee maker that I use almost every morning to make the 3 cups of flavored coffee that she takes to work each morning. It has 5 different sizes bur she always use the 12 oz size.

She loves her Keurig coffee!
snapper521 at 2010-01-09 05:22 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. She really likes flavored coffees... I don't care to drink them really but I do enjoy smelling them as they are brewing... ditto to normal coffee, but the flavored ones just make me so hungry... (laughs)
snapper521 at 2010-01-09 05:19 (UTC) (Link)
Wow... thats quite the coffee maker!

You know, somehow the fact that you love BLACK coffee doesn't surprise me. Didn't you tell me at one point that you like Starbucks?? I don't care for them at all... I prefer my coffee more on the order of a bit of coffee with my milk and sugar rather than so strong it could take the paint off a space shuttle...
ehowton at 2010-01-09 12:36 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't start drinking coffee until my first year in college. My roommate noticed I looked like hammered shit and suggested I learn how to make a cup. He used instant and explained the importance of lots of sugar, and an expensive creamer. That's how I drank my coffee for years. Black coffee made me gag.

However, two things happened simultaneously: When I transferred to USSTRATCOM from Korea my coffee maker was in transit for a month, and my roommate only drank black coffee, and the 'coffee bar' at work was brewed so very weak, that the addition of creamer or sugar wiped out any remaining coffee entirely. So...I began very slowly and in tiny increments drinking it black.

After 30-full days of this, the habit was completely broken and I've never gone back.
irulan_amy at 2010-01-09 17:52 (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like it served you well. RIP Coffee Maker.
ehowton at 2010-01-09 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. All hail the king of kings.
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ehowton at 2010-01-11 04:07 (UTC) (Link)
The seals are all shot. The reservoir no longer holds water:

thesweetestnote at 2010-01-12 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
I like my coffee very black, and very thick

Like my men!!!
(Anonymous) at 2010-01-13 00:52 (UTC) (Link)
How thick?
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