Hands down, my most-loved, most used kitchen gadget is my coffee maker. I use it almost every day, saving myself lots of money each month on what would otherwise be purchases from Starbucks.
Somewhere around 9am each morning the coffee craving hits me. I like to get up and work for awhile (usually in my full glasses-wearing, pajama-clad glory) before heading downstairs to brew some joe. It is my morning pick-me-up, and I look forward to it every day. And it wouldn't be possible without my coffee maker.
1. It is fast. It brews a delicious cup in less than 60 seconds. No turning it on and waiting several minutes. Instant gratification, baby.
2. It is easy to use. Add water if needed. Open machine. Place coffee pod in. Close. Push button to start.
3. It gives me the amount of coffee I want. Which is to say, it brews it one cup at a time. I'm the only coffee drinker in my household, and I usually don't need more than one cup. Brewing an entire pot is unessessary around here, in addition to being a more obnoxious process.
4. It isn't messy. No filters, no measuring coffee grounds, nothing. Just a sealed little pod that goes in and out of the machine.
5. It saves me money. Okay, so brewing this way is a little more expensive than using an ordinary coffee maker. For one, the maker itself will run you about $100. Also, the pods are more expensive than standard coffee grounds. A 16-pack of Maxwell House pods cost about $4 at Target. When compared to normal Maxwell House grounds, it is totally expensive. But if I didn't have one of these guys I'd be too lazy to go through the trouble of brewing coffee the normal way and would be tempted by the nearby Starbucks each and every morning. In that light, $.25 per cup is a steal.