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+1 on Aeropress. Starbucks Via is also pretty decent -- it's just microground coffee that you use like instant and is packaged in individual servings.
Spoken like a true P30 sailor. I'm also a Via user.

I appreciate quality coffee, but I'm only willing to go so far on the boat.
I haven't done the Aeropress yet, but I'm willing to give it a go. Anything more complicated than that will have to wait until I'm ashore.

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... First sip in the morning sitting in the cockpit as the anchorage comes to life, priceless!
That is rather the point, isn't it? Watching the Sun rise...

Except for those of us who spent much of our Lives on an Owlshift.
We have our last Cuppa, thick with milk and sugar, as the Sun rises, and just before we go to sleep.

And then we get up around Eleven or so, to Pee.

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Re: Your Onboard Coffee Fix

One word . . . AEROPRESS.

I mean it. We tried a bunch of things, but absolutely love our Aeropress. I suggest using the paper filters. You get hundreds in a packet

Coffee tastes great - easy cleanup.

Aeropress rocks!

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Re: Your Onboard Coffee Fix

Did french press for a number of years. But, the sunrise won't wait and I got tired of waiting for my morning coffee. Discovered an instant espresso coffee that tastes great:
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Boil water and your done. Can also add to cold milk and have an iced coffee for an afternoon pick me up. No grounds to deal with: Bonus!

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Very few of you would be allowed to drink coffee here.
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Very few of you would be allowed to drink coffee here.
I have been a Starbucks, Tulley's and other coffee drinker in Seattle since 1988... favorite was going to the original on Pike's Market... The truth is we still visit Starbucks here but the coffee we make on the boat beats anything you can buy in cafe's anywhere!
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Ah me .... the meaning of life would be so much easier to resolve.

Problem is we all have different tastes in coffee. You will never convince me that the appalling muck you get out of one of those drip thingys is drinkable nor the pathetically weak sludge that emerges from an old fashioned percolator. Those who like the preceding will otoh find Italian espresso strength totally unappealing.

By choice for me there is only one method and that is a proper espresso machine with beans freshly ground to exactly the level of fineness to produce a perfect result. To be honest I have never achieved that at home with our better than basic home machine, albeit not commercial quality. So we buy preground coffee (specific brand and quality, vacuum packed) because we get a preferred result when compared to grinding our own beans.

Unfortunately espresso machines chew up a lot of juice and unless you have mains voltage available they are simply impractical on board. (Sod using inverter, nor am I going to crank up a generator simply to make a cup of coffee.)

However, those Bialetti type machines produce an acceptable result. Much better than drip or perc and for mine better than plunger. Ours on board is stainless not aluminium.

As for milk. I use full cream or nothing. The day has not dawned when you can force me to drink anything with Carnation in it, same goes goes for powdered.

btw .. Donna mentioned tea .... doesn't seem to have the same interest level as coffee yet we, as a species, drink an awful lot of the stuff. Interestingly enough most of that is made from tea bags. Unbelievable.

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Agree with fuzzy above- it all boils down to what you like and what's available to you in terms of technology. I've been a home roaster since the mid-80's, so I tend to be a bit picky, but the brew method is always the same- press-pot. I enjoy espresso, but my machine would be way too power hungry (not to mention heavy) for use on a sailboat, so I've always stuck to French press. I use a modified Hario-Skerton hand grinder and bring plenty of beans to last the trip.
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for use on a sailboat, so I've always stuck to French press. I use a modified Hario-Skerton hand grinder and bring plenty of beans to last the trip.
I like french press, and use it at home on occasion. It would be nice on the boat, but cleaning it is just too much of a hassle for me. I am inherently lazy.

BTW, the quote about coffee tastng better on the boat was post #16.

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I like french press, and use it at home on occasion. It would be nice on the boat, but cleaning it is just too much of a hassle for me. I am inherently lazy.

BTW, the quote about coffee tastng better on the boat was post #16.
Pretty simple, really - I bought several plastic press-pots for a buddie's boat (anywhere from 6-14 crew) and just dumped grinds into a paper towel, threw them out a port window (we were racing in the Caribbean), did a quick wash with salt water, rinse with a splash of fresh, dried the pot and by the time I had ground one pot load of beans, the water kettle was whistling. My own boat rarely has more than 2 or 4 crew doing any kind of distance sailing where you're going to want coffee, so it's even easier.
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