Writers Need Coffee

Did you ever find yourself glad you were lazy?

About a month or so ago our Keurig died. It would just turn off when you pressed the button. It was no longer under warranty, so I got a new one and shoved the old one in a corner of the laundry room.

I had enough points at the Keurig website to get the new one for half price! It is very deluxe, but it is a little picky and complains about things: Please descale me; Please change my water filter; My needle seems to be clogged.

This last complaint has been coming up quite a bit, so I have become adept at using the handy needle cleaning device that came with the machine. (My husband thinks this device looks like a binky.) Tonight this binky brought no solace. I pulled out the manual and looked up trouble shooting.

Following the directions, I removed the pod holder, took it apart and rinsed it all out. There did not appear to be any debris. I ran a cup of hot water—all good so far. I plopped in my pod and tried again. This time I noticed the pod was overflowing, so I checked it out. Aha! There was no hole in the bottom. The binky doesn’t touch that needle.

There was nothing in the manual about no hole in the bottom, so I called customer service. I got a very nice helper. She talked me through all the pod holder cleaning steps again. No results. Since I had an account with them, and the machine was new, she assured me that a new pod holder would be arriving in the mail—at no charge. I should expect it in 7-10 days.

What, no coffee for a week? Desperation fuels creativity. Fortunately we had not thrown away the old Keurig because it has to go to the dump rather than out to the sidewalk with the other trash. I dropped a pod in and closed the handle. I heard a familiar “pop” as the needles did their jobs. I fished the pod out and placed it in the new Keurig and started it up. Ahh, my devious plan worked. Laziness can pay off!

May you enjoy all the coffee you want today.

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