It's going to be a bit short this week. I've been busy with job interviews, then job training, then job abandonment so the whole thing started over again. I am happy to report that I now have a great job ( satisfaction wise, not monetary ) at a non-profit food bank. At this point $7 an hour is just fine if the job is worthy and non-stressful. I'll put off the article on Elko and my set up until next time.
Coffee is a necessity of life, ranking just behind food, oxygen and shelter. And a drip coffee machine is the best way for non-snobs ( those satisfied with caffeinated mud, not those needing taste ) to prepare this elixir. For those off grid this is really not an option. Coffee machines simply take too much power. The standard way to brew your coffee then becomes a peculator, either on a wood stove or with propane. The problem I have with that is the excess of fuel used to prepare your coffee. In the winter it is less of a problem since the heat is needed, but the rest of the year it becomes a waste. I have started using pre-soaked coffee to work around this. Best is grounds in water ( in a glass jar with lid ) sitting out in the sun the day before. If you must, it almost works as good just preparing the water before you go to bed ( this assumes the water will stay relatively warm ). The soaking leaches the oils out of the beans so all that is necessary is that you heat the water to boiling and it is ready to drink. No need to continually boil the water to achieve the same results. I have a re-usable filter I place in an old machine basket that I place on top of my cup and pour the boiling coffee in. I use a travel mug ( insulated plastic ) to enjoy a big mug of coffee for the next twenty minutes or so. If I want a second cup I will add more grounds than usual so that bringing it to a boil ( and then letting stand for a few minutes ) will produce the same results ( substituting extra grounds for a longer boil ). I have yet to try a French Coffee Press which is supposed to be better at extracting the coffee and uses water brought to a boil. This is a lot cheaper and should produce about the same results.