I love coffee. I love getting a cup of hot pour-over coffee at the farmer’s market each week – even when it’s 90* and 90% humidity at 9 AM – and feeling the early morning energy of my town. I love grinding my own beans and making a cup of french press coffee on the weekends to have with a leisurely brunch. I love wrapping my hands around a hot mug of coffee when I’m struggling to stay warm (and struggling to wake up).
I love visiting new coffee shops when traveling and people watching, wondering who is a regular, what they do, and how I’d fit into the coffee shop ecosystem if I lived in that town. I love the ritual of coffee, the culture of coffee, the subtle routines that make up a cup of coffee.
My love of coffee also has turned into a habit (I don’t like the word addiction . I like (ahem, need) to have a cup of coffee every morning before work (or first thing at the office). I used to grind my own beans and make a french press pot every morning…since I don’t own a drip coffeemaker. But as quick as the french press is on the weekends (even when making my favorite Orange & Spice French Press Coffee), it’s really not that quick to grind, measure, boil water and clean-up all that when I’m rushing to get to the office.
Enter, the Keurig. It takes 60 seconds to brew a cup of coffee – as strong or as week as I like (I go for the in-between option) – and I’m out the door. Or, if I got out of bed without hitting snooze 3x, I’m sitting at the table eating breakfast with that quick cup of coffee.
I’ve been working to make my mornings less harried and hectic and trying to leave the house clean and organized. It just feels better. I’ve started choosing my outfit the night before, avoiding multitasking (e.g. checking emails and twitter while blowdrying my hair), emptying the dishwasher that I started the night before and reloading the breakfast dishes, making my bed. Simple things that make a difference. And seriously, using the Keurig helps simplify my morning too.
I love trying different K-Cup®and it sounds silly but I think using the Keurig is fun. I love listening to the water warm up. I love the little “pop!” noise as I lower the handle and it pierces the kcup to start brewing. I love listening to it stream into my waiting coffee mug. (I even like clean-up…but that’s just because there is none. ) Again, it’s the ritual and the subtle routines to make a cup of coffee that I love.
As part of this campaign, I got to try a new Keurig model and received a big pack of k-cups. I’ve had a Keurig for about a year but I wasn’t going to turn down a free Keurig! But now I can have one at my house and put my older Keurig at boyfriend’s house (he gave it to me anyway ). I especially love that the new Keurig has a water filter! I’ve always said to my boyfriend as I’m pouring in my filtered water or distilled water, “They should really add a water filter to these things.” I’m so glad the Keurig listened to me.
If you’re local, you can actually trade in your old drip coffee machine for a brand new, free Keurig! There are events over the next month so if you’re in the Triad, NC area definitely check those out. There are also a bunch of sampling events going on in our area too. (Events are open to participants 18 years of age or older with proof of North Carolina residence. Only non-Keurig, used, electric brewers are eligible for trade-in while supplies last.) Click here to find the dates and locations.
If you’re not local, well, don’t fret. You can enter to win a free Keurig here!
To enter to win a Keurig just like the one pictured above, just leave a comment tell me how you take your coffee: black, with cream, with sugar, etc.
For extra entries, tweet this (or some variation – just make sure it includes my handle, the link, and hashtag!): I want to win a free Keurig from @afoodiestaysfit ! http://goo.gl/6xO14s #tastecarolina
Entries open until midnight Tuesday, September 10.
(P.S. Don’t miss the Fulton & Roark giveaway! Entries close tomorrow.)Tweet