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October 19, 2017

A Very Groovy Coffee

Mr. Herbert Hoover says that now’s the time to buy,
so let’s have another cup of coffee and let’s have another piece of pie.”  
-Irving Berlin

As is usually the case, I approached this month’s blog with a trip to Goodwill, in search of a theme. Before arriving at my “eureka!” moment, I discarded several potential ideas…

My first abandoned topic was “what to do with fifty unsold Frozen t-shirts. After “burn them”. “bury them”, and “make prisoners wear them”, all I had left was “donate them to Goodwill”, which had already been done. Maybe fifty slightly-behind-the-times pre-teen girls will storm Goodwill and buy them all. Let’s hope so.

No good. All the jokes were used up years ago.

The open, unused graduation napkins were just depressing. I guess Jimmy didn’t pull out that D-minus in Chemistry, after all.

Too easy.

I’m saving “Teacher Gifts That Go Straight To Goodwill” for December.

Finally, I wandered through housewares and noticed several familiar, but dated items. Egad! I was gazing on the touchstones of almost every morning of my life between kindergarten and high school. There was a virtual 1970s/80s kitchen set at my fingertips! I knew then that this month we would be having afternoon coffee in the era of my youth. Groovy!

Awakened bright and early by our new, high-tech SPARTUS alarm clock, my lovely bride and I hurried to prepare coffee for our morning guests. With a braying blat reminiscent of a faulty fire alarm in a down-at-heel La Quinta, our SPARTUS made sure that we, along with the rest of the block, were awake and ready for some 70s-licious coffee!

Ah! The good old Farberware Superfast percolator! I spent many a happy Saturday morning watching cartoons while ours perked away, filling the house with the aroma of freshly-brewed goodness while I eagerly awaited its bounty. (I was allowed to drink coffee as a child, which probably explains a lot.)

Chances are, if you’re over about 45 or so, you grew up with a variety of ceramics around your house, most likely in either avocado green or burnt orange. Not only were ceramic items popular in stores, attending ceramic-making parties was in vogue, and everything from the coffee beans to the cornmeal could be found in a ceramic container. Some items, such as the creamer and mushroom pitcher, appear to be commercially made.

The coffee bean holder…is a toss-up.

…and the pumpkin-thing cookie jar/teapot was clearly made by someone’s Aunt Mildred after one too many Singapore Slings, but that’s part of the charm, and makes for a great story at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and funerals.

After coffee and cookies, I was feeling a bit full, so I went for a walk, complete with, you guessed it, my Walkman at my side, perhaps even listening to “Stayin’ Alive”. Yes, I am that cool.

So there you have it. Want to have coffee in a past time? Check out the housewares at Goodwill. For less than $15, we enjoyed an entire morning of nostalgia. (And yes, the coffee pot still works!)



  1. Love that coffee pot! I remember visiting my maternal grandparents home often in my childhood and that coffee pot was always Percolating, fresh coffee always available. Aunts gathered around the table gossiping and uncles outside on the porch talking about the weather and what crops they were planting and us cousins just playing and enjoying life. Thanks for bringing back a great memory!

  2. That was hysterical…AND nostalgic. Thanks for a great story and a fun trip down the aisles 🙂

  3. There’s nothing quite as wonderful as the taste and smell of percolated coffee! Thanks for the morning humour and nostalgia!