Years ago, I told myself that I didn’t want a Keurig for two main reasons: 1. I didn’t want to pay that kind of money for a “gadget” and 2. maybe more importantly, don’t I have the counter space. (Ok and I didn’t believe you could get a good cup of anything by hot water “running” through a small cup of concentrated stuff). And that was that.
However, just this week a facebook friend posted a picture of herself making her first cup of coffee with her new Keurig and that was a few days after I saw the hosts/sales people on QVC (a home shopping network and yes a major guilty pleasure) laying it on thick about how much better, more enriched, my life would be if I owned one. For the first time I started to re-visit my anti-Keurig decision….
Let’s say I had this kitchen:
or even this one:
My counter space would be plentiful. (POW!) And if my kitchen looks like that, I darn sure should have the money. So rather than a question of can I buy a Keurig, it becomes should I?
Follow me, as I break this down.
I am a tea drinker, so I need hot water just like coffee drinkers. However, a large part of tea drinking is the process of waiting for the water to boil, which requires patience. Add in waiting for the tea leaves to steep– and sometimes we are up to 10 mins of waiting. (not counting allowing your tea to cool down so you don’t burn your mouth off!–although I’ll throw in an ice cube every now and then)
But there’s something empowering about choosing to wait, about bucking the system… In a world where everything needs to be quicker and more individualized (cakepops anyone?), the tea making process counters that “quicker, more efficient” mindset.
So as much as I hate standing in front of the stove, cold and almost lifeless, first thing in the morning as the water in my tea kettle slowly comes to a boil, or in the evening when I am dead tired but crave a warm cup of tea to melt away stress–there is something rewarding about waiting. (slightly sick? who knows…).
Now if I had a Keurig at work, that’d be different. I’m always in a rush at work and I sure as heck don’t relax there, so perhaps I’d cave. But at home, I want to savor the process. Even Ms. Efficient (me!) knows that there are times when the older and slower way is just better. Also, I know if I would use a Keurig, I’d love it, so I intentionally stay away.
So as much as I’d love to have a cup of tea that’s been pre-selected to be the perfect temperature, strength, and size waiting for me each morning, I still think I’ll pass.
This is not to say I won’t ever scratch the Keurig itch, but I’m certain it won’t be anytime soon.
Now time to put on my pot of water for tea. It’s time for bed 🙂