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Old 11-26-2011, 03:57 PM   #15
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My parents - avid coffee drinkers - have both in their trailer, an electric for when they have it available, and one that goes on the stove for times when they do not have electricity. (We have neither, since we don't like coffee. Erica has a kettle for the stove to make hot water for tea.)
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:39 PM   #16
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Perhaps that's the answer, learn to deal without coffee.
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:56 PM   #17
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perhaps that's the answer, learn to deal without coffee.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:12 PM   #18
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Greetings zlee!

I am not a coffee connoisseur, but a number of my friends are coffee aficionados so I do carry a means to make coffee in both of my coaches. While they may not be appropriate for the sophisticated coffee drinks, I have been told that they brew a good cup of coffee.

For my 1964 Overlander, I carry a Revere Ware Stovetop Percolator that I inherited from my aunt. It has been use by a member of my family for over 60 years, and travels well in my Airstream. The photo below is of one exactly like mine, but I borrowed it from the web:



For my 1978 Minuet 6.0 Metre, I also carry a Revere Ware coffee maker, but it is a Stovetop Drip Coffee Maker. I didn't realize that Revere Ware made one of these Stovetop Drip Coffee Makers, but I ran across the one that I have in an antique store while traveling . . . I was able to grab it for only $12.00. Again the photo below is one that I borrowed from the web, but is identical to the one that I carry.



I have utilized both of these on the rangetop in my Airstream and Argosy with no problem . . . and have also utilized them on my LP grill when cooking on my Airstream's patio. I am afraid that more often than not, I utilize the bottom portion of the device to heat water for tea or hot chocolate as I am among the non-coffee drinking population.

I also carry coffee grinders in both of my coaches. One is a vintage unit that I purchased at an estate sale that I carry in my Overlander, and the other is a unit that I purchased new from William Sonoma to carry in my Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre.

The photo below is of the vintage Hobart/Kitchen Aide electric coffee grinder that I carry in the Airstream. I chose this unit for the match to the aesthetics of the Airstream, and with ample Solar power from the Overlander's three panels, I haven't had an problems with its minimal electricity usage. It can be a little temperatmental to adjust, but once adjusted to your preferred grind it works flawlessly. The one pictured below is one that I borrowed from the web, but the one that I found is identical with the exception that the base is polished stainless steel.



The photo below is of the Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Grinder that I carry in the Minuet. I chose it because of its compact size and the fact that it is manual operation since my Minuet has only one battery so electricity is at a premium when camping without utilities.



I always try to be able to have coffee for my guests so a small bag of fresh roasted coffee beans is always found in my perishables food container that I transfer from home to trailer just prior to each trip.

Good luck with your investigation and research!

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Old 11-26-2011, 05:18 PM   #19
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How about uranium? I know it is very heavy, but it doesn't take much. Put it in a water bath and when the water gets hot, use it for coffee and and add more water to the water bath. You might be able to get some from Tokyo Electric Power Co. I'm sure they'll tell you there's no problem with radiation.

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We use the stovetop when were without electric and when we're hooked up we use a Tassimo.
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This is turning out to be an entertaining thread, with added bits of hilarity. (You know who you are.)

I LOVE all of these retro coffee percolators, so cool. And that grinder is the cutest thing evah. But on reflection, I think a stovetop espresso, and small electric kettle will be the way forward. And maybe a french press mug. (Depending on how much weight I can free up with other stuff.) The espresso is non-negotiable and we can drink Americanos rather than coffee...

You're killing me with the Tassimo, though. I love all the pod machines, it's so much fun to pick out what you want with the next cup.
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Points to ponder. Coffee needs to brew at 200 - 205 F. This is why people at high altitudes use a pressurized espresso maker.
A paper filter absorbs some of the volatile oils.
A percolator can burn the coffee buy reboiling it over and over.

When on the grid drip.
When off a tea pot with a funnel. The tea pot whistles when boiling and doesn't boil over and easy to pour.
If I was go to go to high altitudes I would consider an espresso maker.
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Perhaps that's the answer, learn to deal without coffee.
I have cut down to 2 cups a day and 3 a night. I found a 36 oz cup.
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lol - now why hadn't I thought of that?
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Points to ponder. Coffee needs to brew at 200 - 205 F. This is why people at high altitudes use a pressurized espresso maker.
A paper filter absorbs some of the volatile oils.
A percolator can burn the coffee buy reboiling it over and over.

When on the grid drip.
When off a tea pot with a funnel. The tea pot whistles when boiling and doesn't boil over and easy to pour.
If I was go to go to high altitudes I would consider an espresso maker.
Or, instead of doing something simple, we could just make it super-complicated and ultra-fancy:
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But really, 90% of the reason I want that for my trailer is the styling, not the functionality.
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Back in my Chemex days, they told us not to heat the water to more than 190˚, otherwise harsh byproducts would be released. I could drink some—and it was good coffee—and put the whole thing in the fridge and heat it up the next day and it was fine. The coffee I used long ago was Santos.

Almost 30 years ago and realized that the strange jangly things that I felt after drinking too many cups of coffee might have something to do with the coffee. I haven't had any since. I found too many cups of a good caffeinated tea just made for energy, not jangly crazed nerves. Tea is easy to make (just heat water in uranium water bath), brew for several minutes and glow in the dark. I order Market Spice tea from Washington state—slightly spiced black tea. No fancy, expensive or heavy appliances necessary.

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EDIT: I first wrote "coffee-powered propane maker" which would be awesome. Somebody should work on bringing that to market.
I've been working on a burrito-powered propane maker. At least my wife insists I have...
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