Grid-Down? Have coffee anyway!
“Could I survive without coffee?” Hopefully we will never have to find out. Try these three fun alternatives to modern, conventional coffee making to prepare for a grid-down scenario.
A camping percolator like this one can be found at Walmart, Bass Pro Shop, etc…, and used on a Rocket Stove, propane stove, or campfire. It takes a little longer to perc coffee, but the taste is worth it!
The canvas filters pictured below came from Williams-Sonoma (I know, sometimes I am an “urban cowboy”) though they could be easily improvised out of any cloth.
A bent coat-hanger and an old handle from a broken kitchen implement can hold the cloth filter in place. These items are small enough to easily fit in a backpack, car, or bug-out bag.
The coat hanger is threaded through the filter and is ready for coffee grounds…
We bring the water just to a boil then filter it into a mug. Again, if the power is out, a rocket stove, campfire, propane or camp stove, etc… is necessary to heat the water.
A French Press, like this Bodum Travel Press, is another compact, efficient option that makes great-tasting coffee.
Each of these options produces fantastic results and brings peace of mind – a power outage will not stop our coffee consumption!
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