Thanks Mark. We looked at some single cup models, but decided to go big.
There was one that brewed and held the coffee inside the maker, and I believe
had a "tap" or spigot which opened when you put your cup under and hit the
button. But, it required a constant power source after brewing to keep it working
and the coffee hot, so we passed on it, and went with the insulated carafe design.
We were too busy to field test our setup in the van today, so tomorrow maybe.
Setup and adding water is easy. It makes about the same volume of coffee as
our Procter Silex, so there's no visual or mental recalibration (for me) required.
It did make a decent pot of morning coffee, and we got 5 hefty mugs out of one
carafe. I know it's a small thing, but the carafe poured drip free. No mess.
The write ups I read were right about it keeping the coffee hot in the insulated
carafe. I poured the last cup about 90 minutes after it finished brewing and it
was still steaming. The auto shut off is nice too, when our power source is going
to be the generator. Maybe I can connect it to the genny shutoff switch?
No warming plate is also nice. It doesn't need one, and we didn't want one.
The basket filter came close to collapsing into the basket and allowing grounds to
make it to the carafe. Not sure how to prevent that. I'd love to find a combo
conical inside, basket outside filter holder, to retrofit. We'll have to just make
sure the filter is centered and the coffee is evenly spread inside it. Or, maybe
I'll figure out a work around with nylon mesh or something similar.
Do you use regular mugs or disposables? We're not big on using the fresh water
for anything but flushing the toilet, so we're thinking about disposable paper
coffee cups. We've seen large bags of them at Costco. No idea how expensive
they are, but we don't want to have to do anything after coffee except rinse the
plastic basket and carafe. And throw out or recycle the empty cups.
I forgot just how bad no name coffeemate can be, when you're used to cream.
I'm looking for Land O Lakes Mini-Moos. They're those baby creamers and are
touted as not requiring refrigeration even though they're also real cream.
MSG laced, perhaps? Still something like that would be better than powder.
I've seen them on the internet selling 188 for anywhere from around $8-16.
They are available at Sam's Club apparently, but I have yet to find them for sale
in Canada online or in a store.
If anyone knows where I might obtain a quantity up here for testing, I'd be much obliged.
So, that's it for the coffee maker thread, except I'll post up the result of the generator
powered coffee experiment. Hopefully tomorrow.