Coffee Monday ~ Review of the My Jo Coffee Maker by Presto

Good morning

I have had several Keurig coffee makers.  I have to say that they have been great about trying to help with any problems I have called them about.  They replaced two of my coffee makers that just would not work correctly.  

While I was waiting on a replacement, I decided to try something different since I had all these coffee pods and no way to use them.  I read through Amazon reviews and watched Youtube videos and decided on the My Jo Coffee Maker by Presto.  It is fairly small, easy to use, easy to clean and needs no electricity, just hot water.  It would be great for traveling or camping too.

The My Jo makes up to a  10 ounce cup of coffee.

The base has a needle in it to puncture the pod like other pod type brewers.  

The bottom of the top piece has a pointed cone that punctures the top of the coffee pod.


The My Jo is made to be able to heat water in the top of the container in the microwave.  It has a small plug in the bottom of the top piece that has a split in it.  The split is tight and holds water until you add pressure from the top piece.  Kind of a plunger action to create pressure to move the water through the coffee pod.

I had to use both hands to get the water through the plug, one to push the plunger and one to hold the bottom of the coffee maker to keep it from slipping off the mug.

 The size of mug makes a difference.  the mug needs a stable base and a size that is a little bit smaller in diameter than the My Jo base.

What I found out accidentally, is that taking out the plug allows the coffee to gravity flow through the pod.  I use pressure if I want to speed it up and at the end to make sure all of the water is pushed through.

This gravity flow allows me to do other things while the coffee is brewing.  It didn’t taste any different from the coffee I had brewed by applying pressure with the plug in place.

This coffee maker also came with a reusable coffee pod.  This works great with my own ground coffee.  No messy grounds leaking through, easy to fill and easy to clean.  It is sized to sit in the pod area of the My Jo base.  It is shorter than a regular coffee pod and the needle doesn’t pierce the bottom (which makes sense – that would be a mess!)  

Even though I had my Keurig replaced, I find that I am using this coffee maker everyday.  It is quick and easy to use and I like using my own coffee in the reusable pod that comes with the My Jo.

I planned on making a video using the My Jo Coffee maker.  I did a test video sitting on my porch using my iPhone.  Not an easy task for a first timer.   My cat tried to help and that was interesting.  I tried to remake the video a couple of times using my camera and a tripod with out much success.  Since I made a cup of coffee each time, my caffeine limit was going to be over the limit before I made an acceptable video review.  (Yes, even I will admit that I can have too much caffeine. 😉  )   My daughter watched the video and patted my shoulder saying, Nice try mom.  Oh well.   I am sharing the first trial run anyway.  





Coffee Monday – Tully’s Coffee Shop Advertisements

Good morning,

I was meandering through Pinterest, looking at coffee pins and saw this cool coffee advertisement from Tully’s Coffee Shop

 Then I found this one

I love the concept and find the art style and the colors very appealing.

I have never had Tully’s coffee.  They appear to only be on the west coast .

Love their ads though.  🙂  

Coffee Monday – It’s Halloween!

Well, not really, it’s October, and that’s pretty much the same thing. 😉

To start the month right, it’s time to get the right coffee mug.  I found three to share.

The first is a nod to one of our favorite Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus.

This fun mug can be found on Etsy at

Quite Unique Boutique

The next mug is also on Etsy at Please Pardon My French

And this one can be found on Etsy at I Heart Coffee Co.

Coffee Monday – When you really need that cup of coffee in the morning.

Good morning.

I am one of those people that grew up in a coffee drinking household.  A fresh pot of coffee with breakfast, another with lunch and one for after dinner (or supper as it was called in our house).  If a guest dropped by, that required a fresh pot. The aroma of coffee was one I took for granted, but when I smell freshly brewed coffee, it brings back fond memories of my grandparents.

As a child, I remember my grandmother using a percolator to brew our coffee.   It was a white pot with blue flowers sitting on the stove top.  It was made by Corning and was the Blue Cornflower series. 

We eventually moved up to an electric percolator in the same series.  Then over the years we had various other models.  As an adult I collected several percolators, but the only one I have kept is this  Vintage Proctor-Silex percolator to the rescue!

Eventually they bought a drip coffee maker, but there was always an old reliable percolator stashed in the pantry, just in case.

My grandpa had his own method.  He called it cowboy coffee.  He would take a sauce pan, add water and coffee and bring it to a boil on the stove.  He said it was the best way to make coffee.    He grew up during the great depression and spent a lot of time hunting, fishing and camping along the Llano river.   He had fond memories of those times even though the hunting and fishing were done out of necessity, not for sport.  

I looked for videos on making cowboy coffee.  The one I am sharing is not in a sauce pan on the stove but I think my grandpa would have enjoyed it. Cowboy Kent Rollins

Coffee Monday – Fall Already?

Good morning.

To day is Labor Day in the United States.

From Wikipedia:

“Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. The holiday is also a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.”

Many people use it to mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall and celebrate with backyard barbecues.  It is also the time when we start seeing Pumpkin Spice everything, everywhere, which some people also seem to think it a harbinger of Autumn.

So, Happy Labor day! Go celebrate!  Have a pumpkin spice latte while you get that barbecue going. 😉

Coffee Monday

Good morning

While searching Pinterest for ideas for Coffee Monday, I found several Etsy shops that sell supplies for pour over coffee.  I did not realize this was popular (again).  There were two shops that caught my eye.  Click the links or photos to go to the individual Etsy shops.  Be sure to take a look around.  They have many wonderful items.

The first is a cool industrial looking model.  Great repurposing idea.


The photo shows one of their single cup stands.
They also make stands that hold two funnels and have other styles.  

This is the description on the shop page:  This single cup pour over set makes an exceptionally fast and fresh brew that accentuates the individual flavors of your coffee. The cone/funnel rests on a heavy duty industrial black pipe stand. The base and stand are made with a combination of black pipe and silver ring cup holder. Crafted with the best combination of design and function in mind, the coffee pour over stand connects coffee lovers to the best-in-class tools that make for memorable coffee experiences and of course a unique conversation piece for your kitchen.

Note from seller: Coffee cup/mug, funnel/cone and filters not included with purchase. The clear glass funnel pictured can be purchased for under $15.00 (Hario # 1) online. The white funnel (pictured) is a Starbucks brand funnel and costs $16.00 at the retail store.

The second one is a handmade pottery pour over cone with handle made by

Fox Rosalita

This one shows it on one of her handmade coffee mugs.

Coffee Monday

Good morning!

It is the first day of the school year for us.  We do not live in an area where back to school is associated with cool, crisp fall temperatures.  We will be hovering in the upper 90 F well into October.  It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, or how hectic the rush to be at school on time is, coffee is necessary part of the morning routine. 😉

While looking for back to school coffee ideas, I ran across these awesome pencils on Etsy.  These would be a fun gift for a teacher or any coffee lover you know (That includes yourself. ❤ )

Coffee quote pencils

The Etsy store is called Maple and Grace. Beautiful Gifts and Homeware

They are located in the United Kingdom.  They also make Fairy Doors and personalized gifts.

Take a look, they have a fun and whimsical store.