I've been reading a lot of threads about brewing coffee in an AS and there are as many preferences as there are coffee maker brands. (I thought I was being a wimp worrying about coffee until I saw how many even roast their own green beans on the road.) We pick up our new 23FB Flying Cloud next week!
So, in the spirit of roughing it as little as possible, does anyone have some advice/brands/tips on what type of MANUAL coffee grinder works well? We have a good electric one which we'll use when hooked-up, but want a manual option for frequent boon docking.
(Have done some searches and can't find any threads on grinders.)
Hi Bill-bee-four-four. How can one be a snob regarding aluminum ... and now coffee you ask? Sheesh! You've got a lot of company.
I am the only coffee drinker in our Safari and use a manual grinder. It's not efficient and pretty tedious for more than one or two. My GSI grinder isn't so great. (link here) The grind is very irregular -- a lot of powdery fines along with many large-ish chunks. The resulting taste leaves a lot to be desired. The grinder is wearing out after its fourth season of camping and I'd like better coffee. So I'll keep my eye on your thread and see what good suggestions come up!
GSI imports many items for the non-backpacking outdoor set. They make stainless margarita glasses but their wine glasses look great next to an Airstream - and are nigh onto indestructible.
After they poured me the very best cup of coffee I've had in my life, my current everyday favorite is Zoka's Tatoosh Blend. I like most everything Sumatran too. Full & rich is .
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How lazy are we? Well I have the same GSI grinder as Canoestream - and I confess I am too lazy to use it on a day in, day out basis. What he said about the inconsistent grounds is so true too.
I do have a cordless Makita Drill that gets used for lots of stuff, perhaps grinding coffee? (Give a girl a tool and she'll find 15 odd uses for it that no guy would ever think of. Here goes the girl tool kit thing again!)
Why don't we talk to Makita and have them make a coffee grinder powered by rechargable ni-cad batteries that also can be used on the drill?
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...I do have a cordless Makita Drill that gets used for lots of stuff, perhaps grinding coffee? (Give a girl a tool and she'll find 15 odd uses for it that no guy would ever think of. Here goes the girl tool kit thing again!)...
However, I have seen Alton Brown on Food Network's Good Eats with a cordless drill attached to a pepper mill. I think I'd have more use for that. Pepper mills just have capacities that are too small. I use one a lot more than my coffee mill.
If going for a week or less, we generally grind enough for our trip at home ahead of time...and freeze. You might also think about an antique grinder if you can find a cheap one. We have an Arcade Crystal at home and it works like a champ...but not really AS friendly. A box grinder would be more AS suitable.
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Upon more digging and reading, the German-made Zassenhaus seems to be the clear front runner in manual grinders. Not cheap (about $80) but sounds like it lasts forever, adjusts for desired grinds, and is classic/cool looking. (Not unlike an AS.) The model you hold between your knees seems especially smart for dinette grinding. Zassenhaus Conical Burr Coffee Mills
My wife just rolls her eyes. Says 'What would Lewis & Clark think about all this?'
Ever plug in the generator just to grind coffee? we did! After that we bought a manual grinder, but it's a bit of a pain (all of the above issues). The next phase was to add solar, an inverter (overkill perhaps?), but, by golly, I can grind coffee, run the microwave and power anything in the trailer except the A/C.