Dear Dave is a series in which I address poor reviews of pricey consumer goods in the advice column tradition of Dear Abby or Dear Sugar. Aren’t most online reviews a cry for help, anyway?
Wanted to love the machine, but did not last.
I was in love. Everything I wanted in a single-serve machine. I looked forward to my morning cups of delight. Then little things started happening. The heating element on the side would work sometimes, but not every time. Not a big deal. But then it stopped taking the capsules. I would put one in, attempt to start, and it would do nothing. I would have to turn it off, turn back on again, raise the top, (then dig the capsule out) and put it back in. So sad.
Decaffeinated, Portland, OR
Many people spend their entire lives avoiding an inescapable fact about relationships, chasing an illusion into middle age and beyond. There is a honeymoon period to new relationships! It’s all hot, rich, and strong at the beginning. Perfect crema on a wonderful body. And, the energy! Then it starts to feel like a dark grind, with an aftertaste. That perfectly roasted espresso leaves us with the jitters and lying awake at night thinking that something’s wrong with the machine. We try to buy time, ignoring the intermittent failure of the “heating element”. It’s no big deal, we tell ourselves. But, Decaffeinated, did you not bring this upon yourself? What’s with the capsules? Do you really think you could medicate your partner into being exactly what you want? People are not single-serve machines, put on Earth for your exclusive pleasure! Little things can and will happen, but we don’t start noticing until the honeymoon is over. Then we must all come to terms with the coffee breath, the jack-hammer leg twitch, the inane caffeinated babble. You can’t just turn people on and off! If you can’t adjust to a nice sustaining mug from Mr. or Mrs. Coffee in the morning, then you are doomed to try and replicate that espresso surge for the rest of your life, eventually casting that Gran Maestria onto the growing pile of other disappointing “machines”. So sad.