Saturday, November 6, 2010
I spent a lot of time this week researching coffee makers for my friend Sarah.  She wants to get a new one when she moves, and I offered to help peruse the dozens of options and narrow it down to a few good choices.  Before I go into the details of the horrible discovery I made, let me show you one of the top three choices.  We like this one because it's red.  It has all the right features also... but mostly we like the red. 
But even the sexy red coffee maker (which, PS, matches her sexy red mixer), can not make up for this little tid bit I learned.  When they say "12 cup coffee maker", or "10 cup coffee maker", they are only talking 5 OZ CUPS!!!  They are gypping me out of 3oz every cup.  That's 37.5%!!!!

Is that legal? 

It's kind of like when I realized they'd decreased the size of ice cream cartons from 1/2 gallon to 1.5 qts.  Very sneaky. 

I feel somewhat betrayed by my loyal coffee maker companies.  Why bother to call it a cup when it's got nothing to do with a cup?  "Makes 12 5oz cups" is a totally useless statement!  I don't even know that there are 5oz cups available should someone want to pour one.  Aside from that, who makes coffee at home, and drinks it 5oz at a time?  No one, that's who.  People pour big mugs, or travels mugs, and go back for seconds, and EVERYONE wonders why, on their second cup of the morning, the pot is down to 8 cups. 

I wonder how many people have thought they consumed too much coffee as they watched the hashes tick by on the side of the carafe, feeling guilty because drinking 8 cups of coffee a day just seems excessive.  Well, fear not multiple-cups-of-coffee-a-day-drinking-people.  You've just earned yourselves 37.5% more coffee each morning.

So, go ahead and brew that second pot.  If my math is correct (8*12=96oz you THOUGHT you were drinking, 12*5=60oz you really were drinking, 96-60=36oz you still CAN drink, 36/5=7.2 cups you can drink extra!).  You've got another 7.2 cups to drink if you really want to be a pot-a-day coffee drinker.  Which I know you do.

Maybe this turned out better than I thought...

I'm off to make some coffee. 


Sarah said...

I just don't understand how they can change a measurement that has been around for hundreds of years.

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