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Coffee in the eye of the storm - Mark's Journal
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Coffee in the eye of the storm
French Press at Ri RaA friend's tweet about getting out her French press so she could still be ready to make coffee if the power went out in NYC reminded me of one more reason to replace my electric stove with a gas stove. Maybe I'll move that up the priority list along with the forced basement remodeling I'm going to have to do.

I've got multiple ways of making coffee without using an electric coffee maker, but only if I can make hot water. In a power outage, my electric stove is useless. (Of course, modern gas stoves use electronic igniters instead of always-lit pilot lights, so you need matches or a lighter to get them started in the event of a power failure.)

If I got desperate, I could fire up the charcoal grill or propane camp stove, or even plug a coffee maker into one of the UPSes, but that would probably tear through the battery pretty quickly. (Now I'm kinda curious to try it.)

Here's hoping all my friends in Irene's path are safely hunkered down at home or with friends or relatives.
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mama0807 From: mama0807 Date: August 27th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're lucky that we have a gas stove. I bought a tea kettle, some instant coffee and powdered creamer to have on standby in case we lose power.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: August 28th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)

I wish more of the instant coffee available in the US were the high quality of what you can get in the rest of the world. The stuff in Europe and Israel is awesome, and I'd gladly drink it every day! Starbucks Via is getting closer, at least.
mama0807 From: mama0807 Date: August 28th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I got crappy generic but I don't care LOL. Any port in a storm.
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: August 27th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love my gas stove, but I'm not so sure I can light it without electricity. It's new phangled & could possibly be 'improved' into uselessness.
sskipstress From: sskipstress Date: August 28th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
When the electric ignite-y things get wet from a pot that boiled over, a match is much faster of getting the burners lit again. I don't think I'd try it with the oven, though.
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: August 28th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I feel brave I'll unplug the stove and see if I can light it. Or I may break down and read the instructions. When all else fails....
angielabrie From: angielabrie Date: August 29th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
If you can make hot water, then I'd suggest investing in a Chemex. For Valentine's day I bought Mr. Cassidy a Chemex carafe to satisfy his inner coffee snob and we have never gone back to french press or machine brewed coffee-the results were THAT fantastic. You can order them on amazon for under forty bucks, too!
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