Yes I did. Set it down in the edge of the countertop while trying to sidestep a cat. Set it down overbalanced and on down it went, crashing onto the tiled floor.
This is a problem. The Kugel is a spherical thermal carafe from the German company Alfi and it's got a nice glass vacuum flask inside. They'll last for decades if you keep them clean and, you know, refrain from dropping them. On the outside, it looks like an old-fashioned road flare with a handle, or at least the matte-black ones I like do. Here at Roseholme Cottage, we fill ours with coffee hot from the Chemex and it stays hot for hours.
Alas, it sounded more like iced tea when I picked it up, a kind of slushy, liquid-damped tinkling as the bits of the former vacuum flask sloshed around in the coffee, which was dripping out through gaps and cracks in the outer shell. I put it in the trash.
Steaming gently on the counter was a cup of coffee I had just poured, the very last cup I was ever going to get from that carafe.
It turned out that they're something Amazon offers Prime customers free same-day delivery on, so when I got home from work, an exact replacement was waiting. Sometimes this living in the future thing is pretty nice.
5 weeks ago