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Off-Grid Coffee Maker

Off Grid Coffee Maker

Coffee brewing in the coffee press - in the bakcground notice the tea cozy we place over the press while the coffee brews to help keep it hot

Several months ago my hubby was inspired by someone else who is downsizing and simplifying.  They had something called a coffee press that made great coffee without electricity.

Since Silver Oak loves a good cup of coffee now and then and we’ll soon be off-grid, he got excited and found a great deal on eBay for the perfect little Mr. Coffee coffee pressOff Grid Coffee Maker.

This little gismo is compact and easy to clean.  You simply put your coffee grains into the carafe, add hot water, and place the plunger on top.  First heat your water on the stove or in the microwave (or over the fire or however suits your fancy) and then pour it into the coffee press.  With the plunger lid on, let the coffee brew for three to five minutes, then press the plunger down to trap the ground coffee at the bottom of the carafe.  Pour your coffee and enjoy!

The press we got holds up to 32 oz of coffee (or eight cups), which is larger than some.  It has a permanent stainless steel filter in the plunger which can easily be washed after each use.  Some coffee presses use disposable paper filters, or have the option of purchasing a stainless steel one.  Since our goal is to be more sustainable, we of course chose a permanent filter.

Off Grid Coffee Maker

Pouring the brewed coffee with the plunger down to filter out the grounds

There are benefits to using this little press besides being non-electric and tiny.  Since the coffee is brewed in the water, the natural oils in the coffee are retained which gives it better flavor and health benefits.  In a regular electric coffee maker the oils can’t pass through the filter and are lost, not to mention that in a power outage it can’t make coffee.

The downside to the press is that you must heat your water first in a separate container.  Then you must drink it fairly quickly after it is done brewing or it will get cold.  But a good remedy for the latter problem is pouring the brewed coffee into an insulated carafe to keep it hot or to store multiple batches for guests.

I’ve never been fond of coffee.  Mint or any other herbal tea is my thing.  The good news is that the coffee press is perfect for making teas as well, especially using loose leaf teas that need to be filtered.

Speaking of tea, another website dedicated to ideas about tea recently linked to one of my blog posts.  I’m returning the favor and leaving a link for you to check them out as well.  Find them at  My post called “Survival Tea” is referenced on their “Think About It” page.


Off Grid Coffee Maker

Off Grid Coffee Maker

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6 Responses to “Off-Grid Coffee Maker”

  1. kathy says:

    Great preparedness idea- coffee helps everything from waking up after restless sleep to stress, even if you don’t like the taste of it.

    • Rose Petal says:

      Good point. During a crisis when sleep is hard to come by and the stress level is multiplied, coffee may be more important than I thought. Maybe I should learn to like it after all. :)

  2. I do enjoy my french press. You are right it is handy for bulk tea! Nice when you want to make several cups at a time. And for herbal teas, it is nice because it’s lid captures all those lovely essential oil vabors as it steeps.

    We also use a coffee cone on top of our cup (since we just usually have one cup). It too, is quick, easy and “off grid”. :-)

    • Rose Petal says:

      One thing I love about interacting with others about these things is how much I am learning as a result. I never even heard of a coffee cone till now, but I just googled it and it looks very interesting and useful. Thanks for mentioning it, Pamela. And it is also a very good point about capturing the essential oils with the lid, rather than allowing those valuable vapors to escape as they do when steeping in an open teacup. I may have to “steal” my hubby’s press more often. :)

  3. I love my French Press. It took some getting use to and it doesn’t stay hot as long, but it’s growing on me fast! I feel like I waste a lot less.

    • Rose Petal says:

      Some things seem difficult just because we aren’t used to them. Moving toward going off grid or living more simply means getting used to a lot of new things, but like you said, they can grow on you. Thanks for checking in, and thanks for challenging us every week!