Monday, August 15, 2011

Living Aboard: Coffee or Tea?

I am not a coffee drinker. I have never understood the need for coffee as if it is a heroin addiction. Every once in a while I will have a coffee in the afternoon but that is more of a reason to sit in a coffee shop and use their free internet while slowly drinking one 8oz coffee for 4 hours. (Life hack. You're welcome.) If I am offered coffee or tea I will almost always choose tea. I like tea better. I like the idea of afternoon tea. Tea is just more civilized. To be honest though I don't drink either regularly. In the morning I prefer orange juice and bacon to coffee. Anyway,  M LOVES coffee. He literally cannot function with out coffee in the morning.

On our boat coffee can be tricky. We live simply and it is more involved than just plugging in the 'Mr. Coffee' and waiting 5 minutes. We have three ways to make coffee without the use of electricity. All of them are stovetop. The first is a traditional french press. This is probably the most common and easiest option. M uses this the most often and it works great. The second is a percolator. It creates a good outcome but has more parts that need to be cleaned. If you need to make 3 or more cups at once then this is  a good option. The third is my favorite; the moka pot. The moka pot has a lot of different names but it is essentially a stove top espresso maker. With this pot you can make a very close equivalent to traditional espresso for around $5. These pots are everywhere in Europe but you don't see them too often in the US. I am sure you can find them around. I bought one at a yard sale on the side of the road for $1.50.

As for tea, just add hot water! Easy and civilized.

Moka Pot
Percolator 
French Press
Tea Ball Strainer, my personal favorite.

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