Great story, MissThing!! I'm glad that you're healing so well and have been given the green light to include caffeine back into your life. I couldn't imagine how dull life would be if I couldn't have an occasional glass of wine or a simple cup of coffee.
Well, as you know, I've got 2 Flavia machines; I found that I just couldn't live without one...pathetic, I know. I love the choices available, I love the convienence and ease...I just plain love it! I recently took advantage of their April offer and got the FREE flavourings package; I especially like the chocolate and cinnamon "sprinkles" packages, although it's not true sprinkles but powder.
We were in San Francisco recently, installing a landscape and our client housed us in her coach house, so we had a wee palace of our own. But the best thing, was when we found a red Flavia machine in the kitchen! She got it as a gift and liked it so much she also ordered one for the cottage. It was almost the highlight of the trip....well, almost.
Regarding flavours, I found the Milky Way and Chocolate too weak for my taste, so what I did is slit the package open at the bottom, dumped the powder into the cup, and then used it in my coffee. When it was run through the machine with water, it just was way, way, too weak as a drink. And in our house, the "exotic" Chai got an exotic dump in the waste bin! NO ONE in our house wanted to drink the stuff! Oh, well...one failure out of all their flavours; not bad!
My favourite coffee combo is French Roast at #5 with Creamy Topping and Sidamo Gold, at #5 and #3...perfect strength.
It was nice to read your post, first thing this morning, MissThing, especially with a fresh cuppa coffee to help wake me up. Hope you continue to heal well from your surgery.