Technology that Empowers Me

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Oddly enough, the technology that makes the biggest difference to my day-to-day life is one which most people don’t think of as a technology, if they think about it at all. I refer, of course, to the coffee maker.

I am not, contrary to popular belief, a coffee addict. I prefer to think of myself as a coffee connoisseur. I can, and have, quit drinking coffee completely. When I was in university, I would quit from May through August, when I had no need to stay up late or rise early. I resumed when school started again and I knew I would be getting less sleep than I need. Now that I work full-time, as well as work on some small contracts on the side, I am once again not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, and so use coffee as a sleep alternative.

However, my use of coffee goes beyond the caffeine. I appreciate a good cup of coffee. I roast my own beans fresh on a daily basis when I am able. I use coffee to mix with other drinks. I use the coffee flavor in desserts. I have made coffee liqueur.

The truth is, though, that without a coffee maker, I would have a choice of drinking instant coffee (shudder, and besides, if there weren’t coffee makers, there probably wouldn’t be instant either, although I am not certain which was created first), or drinking coffee made with an old-fashioned press, spending more time getting my stimulant than making use of the stimulant, which defeats the purpose of the stimulant.

It is coffee that drives my day, and it is the coffee machine that makes it possible.