You know how your mom used to say, “No, you can’t drink coffee. It’ll stunt your growth”? Clearly my family never heard that one because I started “drinking coffee” or rather, coffee laced milk, from a very early age.
When I was young I used to spend my Sundays with my Oma doing all the things I never could with my mom. We’d hop on a bus and walk through the downtown shopping district, which in those days was closed on Sundays, or we’d head over to her house to bake and garden. While there, Oma would fill my heart with love and my belly with amazing home cooked foods, and special treats. I don’t remember how it started, but I do know that one of those treats was sharing a coffee with her.
Her brew would be as black as the night sky and mine would be 90 % milk, but it was in those moments that I felt really connected to her. By treating me as an equal in those moments I felt loved and accepted. Those moments with my Oma were so very special to me. I carried those memories and my love of coffee through my youth right into the 90’s when hanging out at a coffee shop was the cool thing to do. Thanks Friends!
That all started to change when I met Bob*. Bob was a Brit, a class act and a real gentleman. He was worldly and he exposed me to culture, foreign films and tea – the British way. From that moment on, I faced a struggle. Should I have a coffee or a tea? In most cases, coffee still won out. I was after all a working woman and needed something to fuel my day. A tea was a nice way to relax in the evenings while reading a good book, but more often than not I still went for that dark, rich, brewed coffee.
Pregnancy and parenthood changed all that, as it does everything. I found coffee gave me heartburn, so I turned to tea. I explored different flavours of black tea, hoping for something that would satisfy my coffee craving. That branched into herbal concoctions, loose teas and even the occasional flowering tea, but nothing ever quite took away my craving. My eye still strayed longingly to my coffee maker in the hope that someday I would be able to enjoy a hot brew again.
That day came true a few years after my last baby was born. After a long night of tossing and turning with a teething baby in bed, I pulled out my old coffee maker, and brewed a cuppa. Wrapping my hands around my first cup in years, I savoured the warmth and the smell that wafted from it. Sigh.
I still so enjoy my morning cup of coffee, whether it’s hot, cold, or even spiked, but these days I drink it in moderation because I still enjoy a daily cup of tea too! That’s why I absolutely adore the new FlexBrew® Programmable Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Hot Water Dispenser. It fits my every Gemini mood whether that is chill and relaxed, sluggish and in need of a pick me up, or even the side of me that needs something hot and caffeinated as I dash out the door.
The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew® is the best of both worlds.
- Brews coffee with a single-serve pack or ground coffee
- Brews up to 14 oz. into a cup or travel mug
- Bold or regular settings
- Adjustable cup rest fits cup or travel mug
Hot Water Dispenser:
- Dispenses up to 16 oz. of hot water for tea, hot cocoa, instant coffee, or cereal
- Water stays hot (above 176° F) for 30 minutes, then shuts off automatically
- “ Water Ready” icon shows you when water is hot
- One-hand dispensing of hot water right into your cup or bowl
This is one coffee maker that I like so much I am carting it back and forth to work so I can enjoy a cup of coffee, or tea wherever I am. That’s dedication to the brew!
Hamilton Beach wants you to fall in love with the Flexbrew just like I have by giving me one to giveaway to one Canadian reader! To enter fill out the form below. Giveaway will run until May 14th.