Off-The-Grid Coffee

Like a lot of people, I have to have my coffee.  I’ll admit, it’s an addiction.

So the other day the heating coil on the coffee maker went out, which is apparently something that doesn’t make sense to repair.   Fortunately we have another coffee maker still in the box somewhere in the house that I’ll dig out sometime tonight.

In the meantime, I was still able to brew coffee with whole beans, a tea kettle, french press and manual grinder.   While getting coffee was just a matter of digging out the extra coffee maker or worst case scenario, heading out for a cup of coffee, it got me thinking about how pissed off I would be if we were in a situation where the power was down and all I had was an electric coffee maker and a can of Folgers.    Those little things definitely make a difference in morale – some of the most fulfilling cups of coffee I’ve ever had were ones in the Marine Corps that were probably actually terrible, but they came at a time when a little bit of creature comforts go a very, very long way.     I can taste the watered down, lukewarm stale goodness in a canteen cup or brown paper cup now…

So having some kind of redundancy with your coffee is a good idea if you’re a habitual coffee drinker and it also allows you to enhance your coffee-drinking experience in some ways.

These are the kinds of things you’ll need to have on hand to be prepared for any kind of contingency that threatens your coffee sovereignty:


…and here’s a video that shows how to make French press coffee:

Just something to think about. Don’t get caught with your pants down on this one, coffee drinkers.

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