Monday, July 9, 2012

Finding my Inner Geek...

After a rough day yesterday, I've got more "good" news. Turns out percolated coffee could be worse for me than filtered coffee. Huh???
Of course I've been drinking percolated coffee for years, so it figures.

As always, I can thank my wonderful hubs for this lovely lil' tidbit of coffee info.
Studies show unfiltered coffee could raise LDL cholesterol levels because of the oil in the coffee beans or some kind of cr*p like that. As I mentioned previously, all I hear is Mrs. Donovan, (Charlie Brown's teacher) when he's telling me something I don't want to hear. "Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah wah..."

Man, I wish he'd focus his OCD on say "handyman jobs his wife needs done around the house" instead of focusing it on medical/health issues and research. Only in my dreams...

Seems like everything in life now can kill us. The next thing you know we'll read adorable puppies and fluffy kittens could possibly kill us in our sleep.

So now I have to ditch the stove top percolator and use something else. Ugh.
But what? We've used auto drip coffeemakers in the past. Even though our water is perfect, it is hard. If you don't have hard water, you may not know that over time, hard water destroys auto drip coffeemakers. It got to the point where we were buying a new one every month. So that's not doable.

Which leads me to finding my inner geek. I remembered my mama giving me a strange looking, little vintage "coffeemaker" when we first moved here. She mentioned it would be great to use if we ever lost power but still needed that cup of Joe in the morning. She knows how I am without my morning coffee. (cue the Psycho movie shower scene music)


I dug around in the cupboard and there it was. I believe it's a vintage Chemex Coffeemaker. It was designed by German scientist Peter J. Schlumbohm, Ph.D. in 1941, which is why it kind of looks like a prop from an old sci-fi/Frankenstein movie. From what I've read, they are still making them in the same design.

So I gave it the old college try and... it's okay. Truthfully, I prefer my LDL cholesterol making perked coffee. But my arteries will thank me in the long run.


I'm sure there is some kind of specific "scientific way" to use this contraption, but hey this thing is old and has no directions. Similar to myself. So I'll just wing it for now.

Happy Monday, everyone!
Wishing you a terrific week!

:> )


Ali said...

Necessity is the mother of invention. Or so they say. And I agree, living will cause your death. Why this is news to anyone beats the rhubarb out of me, but there you go. I say pass the full fat latte and leave me be.

Hope your not baking too bad over there. We can't get a dry, warm day here in England. You guys are dealing with another Summer of life threatening heat. Go figure.

Ali x

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

I hear ya, Ali.

I changed my eating habits about 5 years ago out of necessity and truthfully, I feel great! But jeepers, don't take away my one (okay, maybe I have more than one) vice that I truly enjoy!
If I had to guess, I would say it's the GM foods that are killing us off. Back in my grandparents day they didn't have half the medical problems we have today.

It's been hotter than blazes and even more humid around here. I'll be more than happy to send it your way! ;> )

Maureen said...

Hmmmm that java looks a bit weak. Your post had me do some googling and ta daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa look what I found! Filters for percolators :D

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

((giggle)) It was weak! Not to mention it doesn't stay hot long enough.
It's funny that you mentioned using a filter in the percolator. My hubs suggested the same thing yesterday. I'm going to try it! I just wonder if it will take forever for it to drain through. I'll let you know how it works. :> )

Tina said...

Coffee crisis vs artery affliction. Choosing what's good for you is the best thing. I need your posts for encouragment. I'm selfish like that

Maureen said...

I was thinking maybe it would have to be a special type of filter for percolators so you won't have grid lock in your basket with major over flow! Not a fun way to start the day having to sip that precious liquid off the counter tops :0

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

love that coffee maker..hubs loves his coffee says he will divorce me should I run I try not to run out..he uses a french press for his you know if they are bad? have a great week.;)

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Okay ladies, I tried using a paper coffee filter in my percolator and it worked! I only made four cups but it perked just fine. The coffee tastes much better than the coffee made in the Chemex. I can still taste the paper though, but it's definitely tolerable. I need to get used to it. I also need to grind my coffee beans a little courser.

Gina, the key is to have a paper filter to absorb the oil from the coffee beans. The oil is what raises the LDL. I don't believe a French Press has a paper filter. A mesh filter won't do the trick.

Susan said...

But what if next week they say, "oops,sorry we were wrong, it's drip coffee that is bad for you"? then the next week, they change get my drift. I use an el-cheapo Mr. Coffee Drip and unbleached filters. We do use a Brita faucet filter for coffee and drinking water which helps immensely. Gotta have that coffee. I have a really nice peculator that I drag out on occasion and will still do so, but then I'm a whole lot closer to meeting my Maker than you are, so you have to be more careful. Hee Hee.

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