A Tale of Two Beverages #HBSocialKitchen #Giveaway


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!

In the 90’s and into the early 2000’s, coffee was my beverage of choice. From the moment I woke up to late night dance sessions where I was the designated driver, I had a coffee in my hand.


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!

Banana Loaf and Coffee

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.

Win a Hamilton Beach FlexBrew® Programmable Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Hot Water Dispenser

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55 opinions on “A Tale of Two Beverages #HBSocialKitchen #Giveaway”

  1. I love both but a nice cup of tea is always great when you need to talk to a friend about something heavy. At least with this machine you won’t be burning your tongue.

  2. I drink coffee EVERY day. I have a $10 Black and Decker machine which makes a hot beverage similar to coffee. I would LOVE to have a real coffee maker like this excellent machine. I really connected with the sweet memories you had with your Oma too. She really is a lovely woman. Good blog today. <3

  3. I usually drink it morning, noon and night!! Irish cream is my favorite!! The smell fills the house!

  4. I enjoy my morning coffee as well as later on during the day. I work from home so quite often I have friends drop over for coffee. A perfect cup of tea is always relaxing in the evening with a good soak in the tub!

  5. I love my coffee for my morning start 🙂 I have one cup in the morning and another cup in the afternoon.

  6. I didn’t drink coffee until I started going out to work in the mornings. Then, the need for caffeine beat my distaste for the taste. Fast forward a few years and I’m a coffee hound. I still need to dose it with milk and sweetener, but can also enjoy the odd quality espresso.

  7. I love both tea and coffee. But hubby & I always sit down after supper with a cup of coffee to relax and catch up on the day!

  8. After getting my two daughters up, fed and ready for the day, there is nothing better then sitting down and enjoying a large cup of coffee! ahhhhhh so pleasurable 🙂

  9. I’ve always been a ‘double, double’ kinda coffee drinker until recently. I started taking substituting xylitol for sugar and coconut oil for cream. It is surprisingly good and and gives me the kick I need to chase my four boys around!

  10. I don’t sleep much, and I think that most days the only thing that keeps me functional is coffee. I’ve tried to go without it, but I turn into a raving B-word when I don’t have at least 2 mugs of coffee in the morning.

  11. I remember being a kid and having my mom make me a cup of coffee to enjoy with her every morning. Mine was mostly milk, but it was a really special time for us to have together!

  12. When I was pregnant, I knew I was pregnant even before raking a test because I took one sip of coffee and had to spit it out. It made me soo sick. And I love coffee. It wasn’t like me. It was the one thing I craved my whole pregnancy but couldn’t have

  13. I am a coffee lover and appreciate good coffee. I need one a day at least with a bit of almond milk.

  14. I started drinking tea with my nan when I was four and have been drink it ever since. We used to have tea parties everyday. I recently started doing this with my niece and she enjoys it just as much as I did.

  15. I love coffee and it would be great to win this so I could also have coffee at work 🙂

  16. I have 2 in the morning just to get started, have one a lunch, maybe 2 and then one in the late afternoon, with dinner and after dinner! Yup I am a coffee addict!

  17. I love my daily coffees with coconut almond milk & splenda. I’m somewhat of an addict so I would love to win the Flexbrew!!

  18. as each year goes by, i fall more in love with coffee (and tea). I didn’t start drinking coffee until i was in my 30’s. Now, i am hooked!!

  19. As I come down the stairs in the morning I am chanting Coffee Coffee and luckily my husband usually has the coffee made.

  20. I started drinking coffee when I was 15 and I had my first job. I’ve been totally addicted ever since!

  21. I drink both coffee and tea. Because of health issues I can’t always drink as much coffee as I like because of the caffeine but I do also drink decaffeinated coffee as well as tea.

  22. Hubs and I love our coffee and tea! In fact, we can’t live without it!! I love the Hamilton Beach Flex Brew because we can use fresh coffee beans or get lazy and use good old grounds!! 🙂 tysm love coffee junkies

  23. I have my first black coffee of the day just after breakfast, when I can sit down and catch up with the news

  24. I dont really have a story – I just know that first cup that I HAVE to have in the morning is pure gold! 🙂

  25. I have no coffee story, more of a tea drinker. I usually have a cup of Jasmine Tea every night before bed

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