My morning routine is fairly simple: before I run out the door around 6 a.m., I brew myself a fresh cup of coffee in my Keurig brewer. I love my brewer. I turn it on, pop in a K-cup (my current favorite is Coffee People’s Donut Shop blend), and brew. When it’s done, I add my fixings, give it a quick stir, affix the lid, and I’m out the door. Lately I have had a ‘sweet cream’ flavored creamer, which is just yummy and not too sweet.
This morning, as per routine, I went into the kitchen and turned on the light above the stovetop, which gives just enough light for me to see what I am doing without waking my dogs. This is crucial, because once they are awake, they are clamoring to be fed. I turned on the brewer and went to make sure my kid was up for school. When I returned to the kitchen, I brewed my coffee, added the sweet creamer, and ran out the door.
As I drove and sipped, I thought, ‘Man, I was a bit heavy-handed with the creamer today.’ It was sweeter than normal, but it would have to do. Because it was so sweet, I drank more slowly, and there was still some left when I arrived at work. In about half an hour, I was ready for a fresh cup, even though I hadn’t quite finished the last one. I met up with a coworker, and we went down the hall to get our coffee. As we walked, I recounted to her my generous pouring this morning, and I removed the cup’s lid to illustrate how light in color my coffee was.
Boy, was it ever. It was pure, radiant white.
“Hmm,” she said. “Looks like there’s no coffee in there at all.”
I thought back to my routine at home and realized I had skipped one crucial step: putting a K-cup in the brewer. What I had in my cup was hot creamer. Hot, diluted creamer, to be exact.
Lesson learned: do not make coffee in the dark.
UPDATE: Today, I paid attention and my coffee was perfect. 😉