Here at KEXP, we have two sources for hot water: the coffee maker and the Sparkletts dispenser. The water from the coffee maker is possibly tainted, and the water from the Sparkletts dispenser isn’t as hot as a seasoned tea-drinker like Kevin would prefer. In the past, whenever KEXP staff or interns were making a run to Starbucks Kevin would request a Venti cup of hot water (and a bag of Tazo China Green Tips so that he wouldn’t look weird just ordering water) because the water at Starbucks is much hotter. Those were sad days.
To help remedy Kevin’s hot water problem, last summer I brought back a hot water pot from Japan. Kevin was thrilled to have a contunual source of hot water. (Unless of course the water pot was empty in which case he would call it foul names, as if it were the pot’s fault that it ran out of water.)
Being from another country with a different electrical system, the Japanese water pot eventually stopped heating as it should. Kevin was bummed, so I trekked to Uwajimaya to get a larger pot that would hold more water. The pot from Japan was black. The new pot, a Zojirushi CD-JSC, is white with purpley-pink flowers on it. The flowery pot has been terrific, keeping Kevin’s water at a constant temperature of 208 degrees.
To make it easy to fill the water pot, Kevin stole a Seattle’s Best Coffee pot from the kitchen. We fill the SBC pot with Sparkletts from the kitchen, bring it back to the office, and empty it into the water pot. In the morning I’m often greeted with “Hey. How’s it going? Do we have water?” This morning Kevin bragged that he filled the pot before he left last night.
Shortly after its demise, Kevin referred to the old black pot from Japan as “The Goth Pot.” The Goth Pot was under a table for a while, but now sits next to the yet-unnamed flowery new pot. Seeing that it no longer works I could throw it out, but that seems wrong. Perhaps it’s the same concept as on a farm when the parents tell the kids not to name the chickens lest they become that night’s dinner. It’s The Goth Pot and I can’t bring myself to throw it out.
If you’re ever at the station, stop by to say hi to the water pots and have a cup of tea. We have plenty.