AS far as coffee goes get a hand crank grinder for very course grind and a metal French press. It will make even cheap coffee taste ok and it will last forever....and no filters.
Jerry there is a divide here far wider than less important issues such as gun control, abortion and the Iraq war.
You see there are the espresso fanciers and then there is everybody else. Espresso fanciers like their coffee preferably out of an espresso machine , short, perhaps a touch of milk but much much stronger than you can ever get with a plunger. It would be nice if they could do it but alas they can't. Plungers make acceptable French coffee. Now the French, god bless their cotton socks, make great wine, cheese and pastries but lets be fair their coffee is about as good as their border defences.
Given that the world's only surviving 12v espresso machine was unceremoniously donated to one D Jones Esq by some twit of a Porthole (Hi Alex, love your work
) the rest of us are reduced to those screw apart coffee makers that make coffee that is good, better than all but a real espresso machine, but not the best. And so the search continues for a really truley fabulous 12v espresso machine. Don't hold your breath.
Mind you it is possible that some of these coffee freaks are anal retentive arseholes who insist on making tea in a pot and like to drive a manual gearbox motor. There's no pleasing some wombats, whoops , other people , is there ?