It started with a weekly trip to the grocery store. Gound coffee was on the list. A walk down the coffee aisle left me puzzled. Where was my Breakfast Blend? I scanned the shelves and realized that the ground coffee selection had been squeezed out to make room for an extensive array of K-Cups.
Really? Seriously? Is my kitchen now the only one in America without a Keurig?
Several years ago, I had a similar feeling when I went to a Best Buy store to purchase a CD as a gift. I walked in and found a large empty space that had for years been filled with bins of music CDs. Sure, I had gone digital, but it had not really occurred to me that CDs would become extinct. This change I could deal with. It made sense for so many reasons. We have become accustomed to technological advances in the music industry. Remember back when a homemade party mix tape was the greatest idea ever?
But getting rid of something as basic as ground coffee?
I suddenly identified with my Grandma Thelma, who was 90 years of age when the local department store discontinued her long trusted style of girdle. She was “madder than a wet hen.” Like millions of female internal organs everywhere, her old standby was the latest victim to be cruelly squeezed out by Spanx. The tags on her girdles were frayed and faded from laundering. We examined one with a magnifying glass under bright light to determine the style number. Hey, I figured any gal in her 90’s who still cared enough to have smooth lines under her Alfred Dunner separates, shouldn’t have to learn any new tricks. She deserved the girdle of her dreams. After calling an old fashioned lingerie store in Chicago, we secured a supply to carry her firmly through the rest of her years.
Unlike Thelma, will I be forced to convert? Will my daily challenge of filling the coffee maker without spilling water into the silverware drawer that I never fully close, be a thing of the past? Is that the aroma of java socialism I smell? Did I miss the mandate that our coffee be brewed only in pre-determined strengths and portions?
My Midwestern sensibility compelled me to crunch the numbers on the K-Cups. With two coffee drinkers in my household, each drinking two cups every morning, I just can’t justify the expense. It seems wasteful. I might as well splurge on a daily stop at Starbucks. I have now offended several members of my extended family. So, I will clarify – no judgement here – especially regarding the Starbucks Devotees (we don’t need to point fingers or name names). I should also add, the real reason I haven’t made the leap to a Keurig is: I don’t have the counter space in my
tiny step-saver kitchen to devote to one.
In addition to the expense, I understand people are concerned about the waste resulting from the extra packaging of the K-Cups. Maybe the reason we had to stop using plastic grocery bags, was to make room in our landfills for discarded K-Cups. I don’t miss the plastic grocery bags, but at least they could be recycled in multiple ways: waste basket liners, doggie poo bags, etc. The same can not be said about K-Cups.
I don’t know about you, but I’m just not ready to trade the simple and comforting morning ritual of making an eye-opening pot of coffee, for the convenience of a K-Cup. I am also not willing to try taking empty K-Cups along on my next dog walk.
Meet my at Starbucks?