My mom and step dad are 75 and 80 respectively. They ran a coffee shop for 15 years before their retirement 10 years ago. Like most older people, they have been advised by their physician to cut down on their coffee consumption so they don't brew pots of coffee any longer for themselves because too much went to waste.
Horrors upon horrors, the gourmet coffee shop owners have been drinking instant coffee! And they have been serving instant coffee to their guests, including me.
Finally, I found the solution. The Keurig single cup coffee maker, actually a single cup brewer for coffee, tea and hot chocolate. When I brought the Keurig B60 Brewer in they were both excited about the prospect of having a cup of excellent coffee any time they wanted because they could brew one cup at a time. Keurig includes an assortment of coffees with the brewer so we could immediately try some of the k cup coffees. You should have seen the grin on the 80 year old guy's face when he heard that they also have chocolate k cups as well as tea!
They loved the look of the brewer on their counter top while the glow of the blue light translated into a night light in the kitchen for them. Then the frugal side came out.
They wondered how much it would cost to keep the brewer on all day. We found that Keurig coffee systems have a timer so that you can set the time when the brewer is heated and ready to brew your cup of coffee. No energy wasted.
They thought the k cups might be expensive. I told them about the Coffee Club that gives them $2.00 off each box of k cups and how they can get free shipping as well.
Keurig also has a coffee filter, My K Cup, that allows the use of any kind of ground coffee. The smile came back to their faces.
The other day I was over visiting and had a wonderful cup of coffee a la the Keurig one cup coffee maker. Mom was excited to tell me about the guests that she hadentertained with simply brewing the coffee, not to mention that they loved the coffee. She has two sets of friends already looking for their own!
I can see where the Keurig single cup brewer is the perfect kitchen appliance for many folks, in all age groups. For the busy worker on the run, this single cup coffee maker can save them a bundle of money (and calories) by doing away with the daily stop at the local coffee shop, like Starbucks.
And, I was right, the Keurig coffee systems are perfect for the older generation.
Not very often can I find a gift for my mom and step dad that can bring them joy on so many levels any more.
Donna-Lee Moore-Stout is the CEO for Java Queen International; Coffee Merchant and Distributor for some of the world's most famous coffees like Green Mountain Coffee and Starbucks Coffee . Find Java Queen International's Coffee Academy Blog