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A Word On Maxwell House Coffee

December 20th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m addicted to coffee. At least I’m honest about it.

My love of the stuff started when my parents took me to church every week, and the apple juice and punch got a bit tired so I switched to “the hard stuff” as far as the congregation was concerned. It got me through many a falling-asleep-in-the-pew Sunday mornings.

In college I worked at Beaner’s, a mid-Michigan based coffee house which has a huge following around Michigan State and Lansing. They teach their employees classic espresso methods and have a great coffee selection. To put it simply, Beaner’s can compete with all the local Starbucks and not only stay in business without a problem, but expand over 150% in the last five years.

For those in other areas of the country: Yes, I am aware the stereotype connection. Unfortunate choice of names.

Anyway, as much as I love the place they recently increased the price of by-the-pound brew beans to over $11.00 per pound. The last time I was regularly buying their beans it was just over $8.00 a pound and that wasn’t even a year ago.

As a result my home-brew experience (a little coffee geek humor there) has turned towards the pre-ground Meijer’s shelf selection, and this week I’m trying out the Maxwell House Smooth Master Blend.

Normally I just use a tablespoon and estimate how much is needed but today I decided to try brewing a full 10 serving pot of the stuff based on the label recommended amount: A full half cup of grounds.

Yeah, I’m twitching.

God bless coffee.

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