Morning Carly has two states of being. There’s Pre-Coffee Carly and Post Coffee Carly. Even though they both inhabit the exact same body, they’re really easy to tell apart. Pre-Coffee Carly is just a bit crap at everything. She’s not mean like 6am Carly, she’s just really inefficient and has a hard time controlling her extremities. Here are a few examples of simple tasks executed by Pre and Post Coffee Carly.
Applying Make Up
The problem with needing coffee to function like a human being in the morning is the conundrum of actually being able the MAKE the coffee without injuring yourself or breaking everything within a one metre radius. Being a hugely coffee oriented household we have no fewer than 5 different coffee making apparatus. Plunger, Aeropress, Nespresso capsule machine, stovetop espresso maker (moka pot) and a vacuum syphon. We do very serious coffee in the Smaggle Haus.
The plunger and Aeropress require the use of steady pressure so they’re a poor choice for Pre-Coffee Carly who has difficultly with even simple things like door knobs. I had to veto the stovetop espresso maker after burning myself repeatedly with it because Pre-Coffee Carly can’t seem to grasp the concept that hot things are hot. I never use the vacuum syphon because I’m terrified of science. This leaves my beloved Nepresso machine as the true Wizard of Morning Coffee. I literally press a button and if Pre-Coffee Carly happens to miss the button, the consequences are far less dire than if I apply too much pressure to the plunger and send it crashing to the floor. I seriously love that baby.
Buying capsules for my Nepresso is a bit of a pain in the butt though. You have to order them on subscription or buy them from a specialty store and I usually forget to do either. A while ago some companies started making compatible capsules and selling them at the supermarket and I for one think it’s a genius idea. I’ve been buying L’Or capsules for a while now and I love them. Possibly the most insignificant thing I love about them is that they’re pre-perforated so when you rip open the little bag you get that delicious whiff of fresh coffee that you just don’t get with other capsules. Simple things please me.
When I first purchased my little morning joy-maker, I didn’t understand the buttons. I’d always press the big cup button because I always wanted a big coffee. It’s just logical. It turns out there’s actually different capsules for the big cup button. They’re called Lungo (long) and the short ones are espresso. L’Or have recently released a new Lungo range so you can make a big coffee that’s also strong. I generally go for the higher intensity blends because I’m mostly awesome at sleeping and I need a real punch in the face from my coffee to get going in the morning. My favourite L’Or blend is the Or Juane. I have no idea how to pronounce it but I have heaps of fun trying.
How do you make your coffee at home?
Are you plunger family? Pods? Capsules? Or perhaps cafe takeaway?
P.S I’ve tried the Aldi machine and capsules too and I didn’t love them but it might be because I tried them at my friend’s grandmother’s house. After several very unsatisfying coffees we figured out that she was squeezing three coffees out of each pod to save money. We were basically drinking lightly infused coffee water, bless her.