Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Coffee Nouveau

All males love gadgets. I do not know why. Perhaps as a continuing quest from primeval days (or at least from boyhood--if that's different) to find the newest sort of armaments. Even men that are not particularly gadget friendly such as your Epic love them. Gadgets that is, not armaments. Well, come to think of it, there ARE a FEW armaments... Anyhow, despite my adoration of our new Percolator, I recently came across a fantastic one cup coffee maker in a hotel room at the VERY swank Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Hotel:

You operate this unit, a Keurig, by:

1. Pouring in a cup of water.

2. Putting a little sealed cup of coffee into the (suspiciously like a mini torpedo tube) receptacle at the top.

3. Closing down the lid ("tube 1 loaded and ready for firing, Captain").

4. Launching the brew by pushing one button that lights up to tell you it is the one to push.

5. Watching as the coffee is delivered into the mug you hopefully have remembered to put under the nozzle.

This machine is sort of silly but it is just a blast to use. And they sell all sorts of great coffee in the little sealed cups. My favorite in the hotel room was "Jet Fuel". Accurately described.

Although the Keurig will not supplant my new percolator for home use, it might be just the thing for my office. I can fire it off to punctuate some point or another during meetings!! Anyway, it should do until I find some better forms of armaments...


Tucker said...

There's a B3000 model in my office about 20 feet away from my desk. The cabinet above it is stocked with a nice selection of coffees and teas.

Almost makes up for having to sit in this damned cubicle for 8 hours.

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

We bought one for our office last fall. I'm not getting one for home...always a French Press for me here, but at the office, the Keurig is just the trick.

CECE said...

Hello Sir. I came across your blog after having been mentioned by a fellow blogger Petunia in Paradise. I skimmed through and found this post and my eyes lit up when I saw the red Keurig coffee machine =) I immediately recognized it and associated it to the Hilton as well. I had my first cup from the Hilton in New York ( Avenue of the Americas). I absolutely fell in love with the machine! Had nice conversation with a few other guests and didnt even realize that I had 5 cups of great coffee =) Ok I know its pretty obvious I adore this machine and Im just amused that someone else blogged about it. Like you though, I dont have one for myself. I still prefer brewed freshly ground coffee beans but this machine is great! I guess it will just be something to look forward to when I stay at the Hilton =) Im glad I found your blog. I will keep on reading and start following. Thanks for this post.

M.Lane said...

CECE, thanks for stopping by! I just find this coffee machine so diverting!

Belle and Tucker, I think it really makes good coffee but what I really love is the torpedo launch noise it makes when you fire it off. Just the thing for aiming at the back of the person just walking away after bothering you...

Thanks for the visits and comments!

Turling said...

The Four Seasons in San Francisco was the first place I saw this. Fantastic invention and, yes, it would be perfect for the office. I only have an extra cup (or two) after arriving here and this would do nicely.