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Coffee machine/maker and tea kettle

Discussion in 'Homesteading, Horticulture, Permaculture, Prepping' started by waybeyondfedup, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. waybeyondfedup

    waybeyondfedup Shimmering Soul

    Which is better?

    I mean if you used/converted to it.

    I for one love both of them. Now, I'm in the middle road with this and especially we are moving. I have no whatsoever clue as to which one I should use. Since I'm pretty much going to be the one whom drinks more then my sister and her bf.
     
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  2. Stargazer

    Stargazer Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    We have a regular "drip" style coffee maker (pretty much always have) at home and it's just fine if you like plain coffee. We had a Keurig at work that was pretty nice, as you can make one cup at a time and easily swap between types and flavors of coffee with the individual brewing cups. Maybe it's just me, but I don't care as much for the Keurig style coffees as much as the "drip" type. If I want something flavored, I can add a flavored creamer or go to any number of local coffee houses!

    There's also something to be said for the "old school" way my grandfather used to make his coffee. He'd make a pot of boiling water on the stove, dump a small measuring cup full of ground coffee in the pot, let it boil for awhile, then strain it out into his cup. It certainly wasn't fancy, but it sure made for a nice, strong cup o' joe!

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  3. Linda

    Linda Sweetheart of the Rodeo Staff Member Global Moderator Administrator

    I'm the only coffee drinker, so I use a french press with fair trade coffee beans. My favorite is from the side of the Momotambo volcano in Nicaragua, which amazingly I can buy at the local grocery.

    I also figured out how to make cold brew coffee without buying the special machine. It does take some planning because it has to steep in the fridge for 12 hours. I made a post about it. http://www.transients.info/roundtable/threads/cold-brew-coffee.316/
     
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  4. Hailstones Melt

    Hailstones Melt Boundless Creation

    On the subject of heating water, this year for economy reasons I switched from an electric kettle (plugged in at the wall) to the old-fashioned water kettle with a spout on the gas jet on the hub of the stove. Now the kettle whistles at me to come and turn the gas jet off when it is boiling. I converted to this because I found out it is quite a lot cheaper to heat water by gas, rather than by electricity. Those electric kettles have quite a powerful electrical draw, which costs you!
     
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  5. Pucksterguy

    Pucksterguy Visiting Paragon

    Growing up at home we used to make coffee in a stove top espresso coffee coffee maker. https://www.amazon.com/Bialetti-6-C...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B000CNY6UK I had one as well as a french press for my camping trips. At home and up north I use a drip coffee maker. Planning on getting the above machine as well. Some friends brought their own lol. I too use a kettle the same as Melts for teas left over from my camping days.
     
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  6. Hailstones Melt

    Hailstones Melt Boundless Creation

    Pucksterguy, you and I are on the same wave length. I also bought a Baccarat Italico stove-top coffee maker (get 2-3 cups out of it - you can buy larger) and it makes very good, strong coffee over the gas jet. Of course, it doesn't froth the milk, but I have a handy little saucepan with a pouring lip that froths (and overboils if not watching) the milk just right. I didn't research any of this - we had the old fashioned Baccarat style coffee maker when I was growing up in the 1960's - and I remember my mother using it for making after dinner coffees at dinner parties.

    Of course, it's not plug-in and push-button, one touch does all, and it does take a little extra work, but it's very easy to keep clean, and basically reliable as all hell.

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  7. Linda

    Linda Sweetheart of the Rodeo Staff Member Global Moderator Administrator

    We are serious about our coffee!!!
     
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  8. Stargazer

    Stargazer Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    I grew up with the sound of a whistling kettle on a gas stove and the sound was almost magical...when I was very small, it almost felt as if it was singing merrily from the kitchen! :-))
     
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  9. Stargazer

    Stargazer Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    Oooooh... and nothing beats the taste of a cup of coffee perked over a campfire on a cold morning!
     
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  10. Linda

    Linda Sweetheart of the Rodeo Staff Member Global Moderator Administrator

    Well - how about a freshly baked kolache and a latte delivered straight to you in a warm bed?
     
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  11. waybeyondfedup

    waybeyondfedup Shimmering Soul

    WOW regarding the age between you guys and me.
     
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  12. Hailstones Melt

    Hailstones Melt Boundless Creation

    Note for the serious hot drink lovers: you can also froth your hot milk for a midnight hot chocolate! (Something I do for my daughter, if she comes home late. Alas, diabetes has put the stopper on some of the sweet things of life for me).
     
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  13. Sinera

    Sinera Visiting Paragon Staff Member Moderator

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  14. Stargazer

    Stargazer Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    Ooh...tough one! But I do have to stick with the campfire. Half-awake, enjoying the warm sunshine out in nature, with a tin cup of “joe” in hand is tough for me to beat!
     
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  15. Lila

    Lila Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    I'll put in a vote for the kettle.

    The main reason is that you can boil water for whatever you like in it, and as I drink tea rather than coffee, this fits. Actually, I've recently found a brand of ground dried mushroom extracts that I like too. Reishi, lion's mane and chaga types of mushrooms are available as well as one of those 3 (I forget which) added to coffee.
    The other reason is that I love the singing of the kettle, even if I do often tell it to be quiet:D

    Oh, and I am all for gas stoves for ease of boiling water and cooking (or burning:bag) all things on the stovetop.
     
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  16. Hailstones Melt

    Hailstones Melt Boundless Creation

    Sisterhood.
     
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  17. waybeyondfedup

    waybeyondfedup Shimmering Soul

    I am back with what I haven chosen to get. Basically, I chose keurig because I figured that’s much easier in the long run. In which I will also use this for tea as well.
     
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  18. Stargazer

    Stargazer Boundless Creation Staff Member Moderator

    Bravo! Be sure to let us know how it works out for you!
     
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