December 05, 2005

Coffee, again.

I note with no small amount of pride that Miss Francesca has managed to deprive Starbucks of operating capital for an entire five days. Bully for her! She now is deciding whether to buy her own brewmaking machinery, or to sacrificially eschew java altogether.

Obviously, a difficult decision, and one that has only the slightest to do with the following commentary, directed at the Senseo coffeemaker. They've had ads out for a while--a lovely brunette fidgeting with her fingers and making coffee-blowing pursing motions with her mouth, and then the magical juice comes flowing out of the Senseo spout--all very enticing.

Sorta. I mean, the woman's enticing, but the camera shots of the coffee coming out are in slow motion, so that the machine appears to have a sluicy, slo-mo, wavy-looking semi-liquid goo coming out. "Frothy," they say. It does have bubbles on top---but not whipped cream or meringue or styrofoam or whatever it is you gourmet-coffee people ladle on there--it's just bubbly coffee fizz. Which is fine, I guess, but the image on-screen of the gloppy consistency and same-colored bubbles doesn't really look like hot refreshing coffee so much as it does hot redeye gravy.

Now, I love redeye gravy, but just because it contains coffee, I'd rather not drink it as a beverage. (I will say that if someone came up with a gravy machine, that would be pretty neat.)

So, anyway, speed the film up just a little, guys, and let the coffee be coffee.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at December 5, 2005 01:45 PM

That chick is pretty, but her accent (or whoever they dubbed in's accent) is strange. It sounds like she says "cop of Kofi" which really doesn't make me want to buy the thing. Also, whenever Adam Curry burps during his podcasts, he says "whoa, scuse me, Senseo got to me". Gee, now you REALLLY want one, huh?

I got my wife a OneOne, cause it's just so phallic. And not bent, like the Senseo, it stands right up there. Of course, she still insists on using the 12-cup Mr. Coffee to make her one cup of coffee every morning. sigh.

Posted by: skillzy at December 5, 2005 03:08 PM

The commercial is an analogy for something else, doncha know. Because don't all men equate drinking coffee with you-know-what? Or, for that matter, everything and anything with you-know-what? So Madison Avenue would have you believe, anyway.

A gravy machine would indeed be neat. And I had no idea that redeye gravy (which I've never had, personally) contained coffee. I have always added fresh-brewed coffee to my Thanksgiving gravy, which is made from turkey drippings in the roasting pan and the liqueur from boiling up the neck and giblets. Given that I add two bottles of sherry to the mix for basting purposes, the gravy is pretty rich. Coffee gives it a nice depth.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at December 5, 2005 03:16 PM

My goodness, Skillzy. She doesn't perhaps crave a cigarette after having coffee, does she?

And frankly, GOYL, I have never equated drinking coffee with football OR hunting, so those ad guys are just wasting lots of money.

And if you're going to live in Texas, you need to remember it's not liqueur, but "pot likker." Which makes me hungry for turnip greens and cornbread. (Pot likker also being the juice that cooks up out of the greens and can best be enjoyed only by sopping it up with cornbread.)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 5, 2005 03:22 PM

For a true devotee, nothing compares to the collard likker experience.

Posted by: skillzy at December 5, 2005 03:44 PM

OK, now I'm just hungry, darn you.

mmmmm. Cornbread. That's my kind of comfort food.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at December 5, 2005 10:55 PM

Be careful with any "pot likker" that contains entrails(giblets) - PossumPapa will turn his nose and may even play dead before bringing that to his lips.

Posted by: MarcV at December 6, 2005 07:29 AM

As long as it's just the juice and doesn't contain floating bits of heart and gizzard, I can stand it a bit better.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 6, 2005 09:35 AM