Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
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39 varities of junk is still junk

In preparation for our office move, the folks who supply our water filtration system, who would *desperately* like us to buy coffee from them as well, have given us a week or so free with their top of the line Goofy Coffee Machine.

On the one hand, it's quite the impressive gadget. Any coffee maker that not only has menus on an LCD screen, but has multiple *levels* of menus, definitely qualifies as a toy. They supplied us with a couple dozen varieties of things to put into it, including mixins like Milky Way and Dove Bar, to ensure that one associates this thing with indulgent sins. (Of course, it loses gadget points by requiring you to do work -- you navigate the menus to select what you want, and then it pops open the door and tells you which packets to put in. And really, I would probably say that putting the words "coffeemaker" and "on-screen menus" in the same sentence qualifies as Wrong.)

OTOH, it's pretty horrifying from an ecological POV, managing to require one or more big plastic-and-foil pouches per 6 oz cup. Fortunately, this isn't an issue, because it's all pretty terrible: the coffee manages to be both weak and bitter, and the tea is watery and uninteresting. So I suspect we will go back to our Plain Old Coffee from our Plain Old Coffeemaker after the move...
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