Tuesday, December 2, 2014

If you drink coffee...

We lose power sometimes, through thunderstorms, ice storms, and routine maintenance by the electrical company.  Sometimes, the loss of power can last more than a few hours--during one ice storm, we lost power for about two days (we had to go to my in-laws' place for that one, since we lacked heating backups). 

Well, when we have no power, I have no coffee.  I keep whole bean coffee around.  Ground?  Not so much. 

A few days ago, I ordered a manual coffee grinder.  It arrived yesterday, and I just used it to make a cup of coffee.  The drawer that holds the ground coffee is only big enough to make one cup, but since I'm the only coffee drinker in the house as of yet, that doesn't matter. 

It works.  It works really well.  Apparently, it's adjustable, and mine came adjusted for a very fine grind--it's only slightly coarser than an espresso grind--exactly the way I like it.  It takes about four minutes and plenty of elbow grease and stamina to grind enough to make a full cup of coffee. 

There's a very slight difference in flavor, but I'm not sure what causes that, and it's not enough for most to notice.  I do think it's an improvement, though, so...yet another plus.

It's also quite pretty, so it serves a dual purpose.

Definitely a good purchase, and a good addition to short-term power loss emergency preps.  Especially when combined with this, which is what I used to make my single cup of coffee with the new grinder. 


  1. My grandmother had a manual grinder from when she was younger. With the amount of coffee her family drank, I imagine she spent quite a lot of time cranking that handle. That single cup dripper looks interesting. Thanks!

    1. I'd have gotten a bigger grinder if more than just me drank coffee 'round here. And that single cup drip device is awesome. I've had it for a couple of years now, and it's a lot handier for making decaf in the evenings than trying to clean up and use the big coffeemaker.

  2. I'd have to work that thing MULTIPLE times... I need more than one cup to get functional...LOL

    1. There are bigger ones out there. And one of my "cups" is still 16 oz of coffee...made strong enough it made a former Navy man (my late uncle) grimace, and add water.


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