(On a sailboat)
--Blogpost written by Bob
|Starbuck's Decaf Sumatra Beans|
|Porlex JP-30 Coffee Grinder|
The most practical way we have found to grind coffee beans on a sailboat is with a high-quality hand grinder, like the Porlex JP-30 (available on Amazon). The JP-30 coffee grinder is adjustable for the fineness of the grind--use a fine/medium grind (like the consistency of table salt) for cone-shaped filters . For use with a French press, a courser grind is recommended.
|The Porlex JP-30 is constructed from stainless steel and has ceramic blades that do the |
actual grinding. With the handle removed, it stores neatly in a very small space.
The water in our tanks always has an unusual taste and smell, even though we treat the water and have a charcoal filter in the fresh water system. This unusual taste and smell will affect the flavor of your coffee. We have been using (gallon-size) bottled fresh water from a grocery store for drinking purposes and for making coffee--it really makes a difference!
|Using high-quality water makes a big difference in the flavor of the coffee!|
The two methods of making coffee that (we believe) result in the most flavor is the French press and the drip method. Both methods use filters to separate the grounds from the liquid coffee. In the case of the French press, the filter is usually courser than a paper filter and a small amount of grounds usually find their way into your cup. Some people prefer the stronger flavor from a French press.
|We use this ceramic drip cone that we purchased at Starbucks--it is now available |
at Amazon as well. Originally, we bought #4 paper filters and, even though a little
too big, they actually work better than the #2 filters for which it is designed.
Even though I drink only one cup of coffee per day, there is some value in the additional brewing that takes place in a good coffee carafe that doesn't reheat the coffee. (Reheating coffee will simply burn it and give it a bitter taste.)
|Maggie makes several cups of her coffee and keeps them in this 34-ounce |
Thermos carafe--her coffee stays hot all morning. We heat enough hot
water in the morning for the day's coffee needs.