I used to be perfectly happy with Maxwell House coffee. I mean happy for decades. When Starbucks happened I never really got into it. Or hanging out like that with my laptop though I might when I retire and am writing my memoirs, or maybe I’ll get into sitting there with my sketch pad making notes observing the comings and goings, getting to be a regular like my friend Jerry who does a syndicated cartoon strip and does this for inspiration. I can see the fun of that. But I digress.

I don’t really like waiting in line there. And well, I didn’t really care about the coffee anyway.

Then I dated someone for whom coffee was something of a religion. He ground his own coffee and had his unique blend and his special press pot and a special way of drinking it, fer chrissake. Then, somehow, I got that religion, I grind my own beans. I don’t yet need a French press, though I have one (thank you Karen), and I don’t really drink all that much coffee but I need my coffee to be a 50-50 blend of Alterra Nicaraguan and Kenyan coffees. This is not easy to accomplish. I have to go to the Alterra store and wait in the endless lines and get one bag of each and then mix them. Fortunately that only has to happen every few months, and, if worse comes to worse, I can deal with their Breakfast Blend.

For the record, my favorite cup is one I bought in Mexico.


I have somehow trapped myself into liking expensive coffee. I used to drink Maxwell House and be perfectly happy with that. I drink it black. I don’t need Starbucks, don’t really like it all that much either. But I have saved thousands over the years drinking cheap coffee. In the past 2 years or so, I began drinking Alterra coffee, a local coffee roaster and not just any Alterra, it’s a mix of french roast and Nicaraguan something or other. I have to buy the 2 and mix them together. I grind fresh beans every damn time I make it. It’s cheaper than going to Starbucks, but still.

What I would like to know is why all the super duper plastic this stuff comes in? It’s supposed to be organic but it comes in unrecyclable, unrecycled, uncompostable bags. Why? I reuse plastic bags for many things, like my dog’s poop (the plastic bags that cereal comes in are really excellent storage bags) but it’s impossible to use these for much of anything. They smell like coffee which precludes putting say, cookies in them, and they aren’t flexible enough to be able to pick up dog poop with.