Sunday, May 4, 2014

French Press

Well, I warned you The Message Will Be Repeated.  I think I covered this in the last six months.  Coffee is as essential to the collapse in your preps as is wheat or ammunition.  That is a given.  So, how to prepare the essential prep beverage?  Cowboy Coffee is gay ( as is Cowboy Poetry events in Elko, NV ).  You might as well eat the grounds directly.  If you are dirt poor, use a vacuum thermos.  You have several to do the thermos cooking in, right?  Just for potatoes alone, they are priceless.  Five minutes of boiling verses twenty.  This is a great fuel saver.  You put in your grounds, pour in boiling water, cap and sit for ten minutes.  Pour out into a reusable wire mesh coffee filter resting in a trash picked plastic drip basket from a thrown away drip coffee maker.  If you have money falling out of your ass, buy some French Press coffee makers.  Don't buy glass, but stainless steel or plastic ( for longevity and safety ).  The steel ones come in a thermos version, if you want the liquid as hot as possible, but it seems a better deal financially to just go with the real thermos to start with.  The only advantage of a French Press over a thermos is you get less grounds with the Press.  The thermos is far, far cheaper and won't break.  If you want the best taste, go with a coffee perker.  It uses far more energy, but it makes the worlds best coffee regardless of the grounds.  All this fuss about different types of coffee is because drip coffee blows in taste.  You can make the cheapest generic taste wonderful with a perker.If you have wood surpluses, a perk makes sense.  If energy is at a premium, the other two methods work better.  My down the hill neighbor has a huge generator and a massive bank of expensive batteries, and other than pumping well water, the only reason it seems he made this investment was to be able to electric drip several pots of coffee a day.  If he used a French Press, he
could literally have saved thousands of dollars and a good chunk weekly on gasoline.
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  1. I placed a telephone order on Saturday. Tuesday UPS brought my Thermos Nissan French Press to the door.
    I read the instructions, and made coffee. There were enough grounds in the coffee that it was necessary to pour the coffee through a sieve. Hmmmm.
    This morning I
    -preheated the pot
    -put coffee grounds into the pot
    -poured the pot over half full of hot water
    -installed the top/plunger/filter assembly
    -and poured hot water into the pot up to the indicated level.
    -let it steep for five minutes, then
    -slowly pressed the plunger to the bottom.
    There are no grounds in the coffee.
    We are going to be happy with our TNFP.

    1. Those failing to procure a press through my Amazon link will rue the day as the fuel supply shrinks or gets increasingly dear. Rue, I tells ya!

  2. "I put instant coffee in a microwave and almost went back in time." ~ Steven Wright
    "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." ~ T.S. Eliot
    "I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon." ~ Ronald Reagan
    "Way too much coffee. But if it weren't for the coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsoever." ~ David Letterman
    "Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat." ~ Alex Levine
    "Behind every successful a substantial amount of coffee." ~ Stephanie Piro
    "We usually don't notice until the coffee tastes funny." ~ Anne Afdahl
    "Tis pity wine should be so deleterious, for tea and coffee leave us much more serious." ~ Lord Byron
    "Coffee which makes the politician wise, and see through all things with his half-shut eyes." ~ Alexander Pope
    "Are we sure it is desirable for a man's spirit not to be at war with itself, or that it is better to be serene and ready to go to dinner than to be excited and unwilling to stop for a cup of coffee even?" ~ William Saroyan
    "Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love." ~ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
    "No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness." ~ Sheikh Abd-al-Kadir
    "Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~ The Women's Petition Against Coffee
    "This guy makes coffee nervous." ~ Bobby Heenan on the Ultimate Roider
    "The God of Decaffeinated Coffee." ~ Joel Robinson
    "Coffee, two sugars, cream... and aspirin." ~ Sinclair
    "It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it." ~ Zora Neale Hurston.

  3. Well that explains why I haven't had a good tasting cup of coffee since I was a kid; the percolator having gone out of fashion not long after. Sad thing is, someone at work just threw one out, so I had a chance to score one for free.

    As far as a thermos goes, I have an Aladdin thermos, and while it's all metal, and appears to be of good construction, it does not keep hot water hot for more than about a half hour or so. I have read that the Nissan thermos is the best in this regard?

    1. You only need ten minutes to steep for thermos coffee.

  4. THANKS for the new site. Hope the headaches gone.delr

    1. Finally went away Sat. I'm keeping up the 100 oz a day water and hoping it never happens again

  5. Another option - cold brew. Put your ground coffee in a bottle of cold water, shake, and let sit 12-24 hours at room temperature. Maybe shake in once or twice along the way. Filter and you have great tasting coffee. Cold brew extracts full bodied smoother tasting coffee because little of the acid is extracted at cold temperatures. A very smooth cup can be had this way, even using lower grades of grind. Now heat it to whatever temperature you desire using any means available. You can store what you don't use for several days in a cool place.

    1. I can see storing several cases of good quality plastic bottles of water, then pre making your three or however many for the next morning. Of course, there are more permenant containers, but it would get you through the initial die-off and conserve fuel.

  6. Boiled coffee
    -bring water to a rolling boil
    -put coffee grounds into water
    -two times remove pot from fire to
    keep it from boiling over
    -pour coffee through a cloth to filter
    enjoy good coffee