Lighten Up!


My readers have asked me to lighten up. One said I was leaning into an all too depressing reality. I have tried to think less depressingly and it does not present much depth. So, here I go anyway. Something lighter?

Our sons bought us a very fancy Jura coffeemaker. Going from boiled water poured into a mug with instant coffee crystals at the bottom, mixed and cream added, to fresh ground beans before each cup of coffee is a big step on the wild side and a gigantic leap of faith.

Oh the coffee is good! It is truly yummy in fact. It is rich, full bodied, tangs your tongue, tickles your insides and has you aching for more.

The only problem is that this machine that has entered our lives has it in for me. Not Mr. C, just me. I have proved it time after time. Mr. C. and everyone who puts their dainty little cup under this machine gets a piping hot, creamed top, hearty cup of coffee. I get a message. If it were just one message here and there, okay, I get it. But most times for me to get a cup of coffee I have to refill the requests of this machine nearly everyday. Why me? I do not know, but finally Mr. C agrees, the machine has it out for me. For example, this morning, like no other morning, the machine answers my call for coffee. The message is FILL BEANS. Okay so I do and then the machine says fill water. I fill the water and growl obscenities when finally the machine in its benevolence rewards me with a small cup of coffee. If I press the double cup I get a regular size coffee.

There are many functions on this machine that need to be filled before it will offer you the coffee reward. I hope this is more upbeat, but can be taken as downbeat if you wish. When you get a message instead of a cup of coffee, is it really laughable? It is not.   How about after you fill the beans when you can almost taste the pure ground ingredience, a message flashes on and says fill water. Thank goodness thus far; it has only shown two messages for one morning cup of coffee. But I am going to list the possibilities and see if you think having a coffee maker of this stature is upbeat.

Take a deep breath and read through the possibilities for your pleasure. You must familiarize yourself with the bean container cover, the bean container with aroma preservation cover, water tank with handle, power switch and power cord at back of machine, coffee grounds container, drip tray, cup platform, fineness of grind switch, cup tray, cover of filler funnel for pre-ground coffee, filler funnel for pre-ground coffee, Professional Cappuccino Frother, height-adjustable coffee spout and hot water spout. Allow me to continue to make you aware of other control elements. There is the display, rotary switch cover, on/off button, Maintenance button, 2 Expresso button, 2 Expressi button, 1 coffee button, 2 coffees button, Coffee a la Cate button, pre-ground coffee button, selector switch, hot water portion symbol, hot water symbol, Cappuccino button, Milk portion symbol, Milk symbol, Latte Macchiato button and Professional Cappuccino Frother.

Now once you become familiar with all of these symbols, you would think you would rule your coffee world. Perhaps you can and do, but for me it is a constant battle.

Once you are ready each morning, lessons learned, you press the on button, machine heats up, rinses with water streaming out of the coffee spout, but you have beat the machine to the punch. You have a rinse cup in place to catch the rinsing stream. Not so fast sweetheart, the message switches to read, empty grounds. So you empty grounds, wash out the tray and hope! Coffee button pressed and coffee granted. It is not exactly upbeat to live in fear of your “Good Morning” coffee machine’s message to you.

The directions say that with Impressa, you can prepare excellent coffee or milk specialties. Oh you can if, fill beans, fill water, rinse, empty grounds, fulfill all maintenance items such as, rinse, clean machine, decalcify machine as well as change filter. Any one of the here-to-fore mentioned chores not executed would stop you from receiving a delicious, mouth watering, aroma filled cup of coffee.

Thanking you in advance for your kind attention.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 16:45:41

    Hi, I think it’s great that you were able to drive Sunday. I can’t promise what the music will be like on Thursday night, but it would be fun, & we purchased sandwiches at gelsons Took our chairs up and sat in the back and listen to the music and just relaxed. We do have 4 chairs. You can come here 1st or meet us there. I Will lock the dogs up if you come here first. Let’s talk about it. Glad you’re up and out and driving. Went to a movie for the first time in seven months yesterday. Diane



  2. Sheila Clapkin
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 17:33:54

    ok, Thursday the 16th it can be….


  3. Pat Rieffanaugh
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 08:14:13

    Boy, it’s a good thing I don’t drink coffee! Your machine is certainly a challenge!!♥


  4. Sheila Clapkin
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 08:31:01

    You are lucky and will not be tied to the drink. I just have a teeny tiny cup, hopefully fooling the machine. Who am I kidding huh? The first thing I do is press the button. Today it said fill beans. So I did!!!


  5. Tom McK
    Jul 18, 2015 @ 05:46:18

    Have that machine blessed. I know. Just a thought.
    Check out for EXCELLENT coffees.


  6. Sheila Clapkin
    Jul 18, 2015 @ 10:56:28

    I did check out and it just went on and on with yummy looking suggestions. Ever since I posted this blog, the machine has been very kind. You have set my thinking straight. The machine somehow has been blessed, but I think secretly Skip is making sure all needs are filled ahead of time. He is a sweetheart.
    Thank you for reading and sharing. Bless YOU!


  7. Diane
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 14:14:05

    Hi Sheila, Jim just found a store in Pasadena, and Armenian food store that has our goodies. He bought some for you and some for us. The other place is not reliable for shipments of this. We also found this online. But we can buy this in bulk at the store in Pasadena. See you Thursday. Love Diane



  8. Sheila Clapkin
    Jul 22, 2015 @ 14:13:55

    GREAT!!! See you soon…


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