Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The long-anticipated moment of truth

Seems like whenever I have to head out to pick up a critically important package, it rains, the dirt road turns to slop, and the trip turns into a minor adventure. I suppose this is nature's way of making me appreciate that which I am about to receive.

Smooch faithfully accompanies me on these package pick-up trips. She gets just as excited as I do about big brown boxes.


But no trip is so important that we can't pause for a moment to share our news with our neighbors.

We're on the way to the post office! The package is here!


Leave it to a blasé bovine to burst my bubble.

Smooch's excitement turns to caution when she realizes the package is bigger than she is.


I have been awaiting this delivery for 19 days, but really for 16 years...since I moved to New Mexico...where the altitude is high and the coffee is bad. If you missed the post about why this is so, you can catch up here.

The moment of truth occurred at 6:00 this morning. In a side-by-side taste test where I pitted my $35 Mr. Coffee against the $100 Bunn GRX-B High-Altitude brewer, the results are in...


The new machine is worth every penny. The coffee comes out the perfect temperature and tastes like ... well, like coffee! Stop on by for a cup if you're ever in the neighborhood.

23 comments:

  1. I was anxiously awaiting the resolution of your coffee crisis. Hey, no price is too steep for good coffee.

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that this coffee maker works. I used to wonder why you had to microwave your coffee since my Mr. Coffee makes mine so hot that I can't drink it freshly poured. I believe I'm at sea level, which apparently makes a huge difference.

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  3. yeah, glad it finally arrived and worth it.

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  4. Linda...thanks so much for doing the research for US, ahead of time. Bruce had checked out "high altitude coffee makers" when we got home from visiting you and NM and had this on his list to buy!

    Yeah for the creative thinkers!

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  5. So glad you got the coffee situation solved. Enjoy many cups of your hot-taste good coffee and if I'm ever in the neighborhood I'll stop by for a cup.

    Smooch looks really cute as your co-pilot. It's always nice to have company.

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  6. Nancy in NC8/25/09, 1:47 PM

    I agree completely. A good cup of joe is worth every penny. Enjoy...

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  7. I am so glad the package arrived, and I am SO glad it turned out as you hoped it would. There is nothing like a good, hot cup of coffee, and geeze, your cowgirl coffee mugs are the cutest!

    Guess the Mr. Coffee joins the chair and rug for Craig's List.

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  8. When you think about the High Altitude Bunn in terms of cups of Starbucks -- the Bunn is very economical, as well as much closer than the nearest Starbucks. Enjoy!

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  9. White with one thanks....

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  10. I was doing the same math as Penni, and I agree--you're ahead of the game!
    Love Smooch's ranch security "badge"!

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  11. Thanks for the offer to stop by for good coffee...Seriously, if I am ever in the neighborhood I will stop by, I love your rancher woman adventures!! (I'll send an e-mail first, and don't worry, the chances of me getting away for a cross country trip are slim... but just in case!).

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  12. Gosh, I was more excited than Smooch and I didn't know what was in the package either! I know you'll enjoy every drop.

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  13. Interesting, I had no idea!

    YAY, COFFEE!!! :-)

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  14. How wonderful that you can finally have a great cup of coffee in your own home! :)

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  15. Hpw Terrific is that!!! I bet you are in Hoggitty Heavwn---Finally a really great cup of Coffee.....
    Love all the pictures! Smooch is the most photgenic dog, ever! Such a sweet sweet face.

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  16. Guess I'm a little behind on the times....high altitude coffee maker? Seriously? Well, I suppose I have some reading to do to catch up here. By the way I absolutely LOVE Smooch's dog tag. Very cute!

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  17. Mr. Fry and I maintain life is too short to drink bad coffee or cheap beer. It's important to have one's priorities in order.

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  18. I have never heard of a high altitude coffee brewer. Good for you! You gotta have good coffee!

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  19. Yeah for great coffee! I use a Capresso coffeemaker which grinds the beans with a burr grinder right before it brews the coffee. YUM!!!!! Also definitely worth the $200. I love Kona coffee beans.

    Liz

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  20. I love the entire story of yoyr bad coffee. There can be nothing worse if you a real coffee drinker. I am so happy you got to the bottom (or is that top) of the problem and ther was a solution. Rejoice. Enjoy a cup. You've waited long enough and earned your flavorful java!!!!

    Your dog's reaction to the BIG box in the back is priceless.

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  21. I so love your site. I've been following it ever since you were featured on Bossy's site. Thanks to Target practically giving away their remaining floor model Bunn's for $36 and $24, I own two Bunn's. Best home brewed coffee ever!

    Kendra

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  22. Oh you got it!I am so glas that your coffee now tastes great!

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  23. I will be taking you up on that offer some day!!! We're at 4150 and have a lil' bit of the problem, but not to the extent you have...had.

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