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Coffee: Best/Simplest method

I have a J/24, and I don't have much in the cabin for cruising... but I'd really like to be able to make coffee on the boat. I saw a guy heat water once with sterno and a gimbal, and then make instant... it was so nice to have coffee on the water.

I have a battery, but no inverter, and no water storage at the moment... what options do I have?

Also, I'm a bit picky about my coffee, so even if it's more work, I'd go extra steps to have good coffee.

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South Hill, Va
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I use a coffee pot from a camping supply store and heat it on my alcohol stove. You can use regular ground coffee and it sure beats instant!
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Gentleman, Gentleman....We are Yachtsmen remember that. Boil water and use a French Press. It's the better than you will get anywhere!
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Mike,Here's another vote for a french press. Simple and makes great coffee. If you don't have much of a galley, buy one of those single butane burners that chefs use on buffet lines. For water, buy a gallon of spring water at a grocery store for a buck and you're set.Do you sail on Buggs Island? My parents had an antiques shop in South Hill for years and had a house on the lake. Boydton was their mailing address. Small world, huh?
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The single burner butane stove is a good idea. However you decide to make the coffee though, get a good thermos and make enough to last you. Then you only have to heat the water once.
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Yes, I sail on Buggs Island Lake, also known as Kerr Lake on the NC side. Buying a gallon of spring water is excellent - I'll get several and stow them, along with the single burner stove.

Thanks for all the replies!

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I have used an Italian expresso pot for decades now. These are the pots where you put the water in the bottom, the coffee in a strainer in the middle and the coffee rises to a chamber in the top. It makes super coffee quite quickly. I am a big fan of an Origo non pressurized alcohol stove for a boat like the J-24 which does not have the bilge blower or the explosion proof switches that are supposed to be aboard if you are using a heavier than air combustible gas.

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I'd vote for the French Press or the modern day equivalent.. The Aeropress is pretty cool too. http://aerobie.com/Products/aeropress_story.htm
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