Brewing Coffee With Zero Electricity

Marco Arment had a post earlier about making coffee when your house’s electricity is out. I wholeheartedly agree with his instructions for what a normal person should do in this situation (drive to to the nearest Starbucks and enjoy).

The other set of instructions were for what an “impatient, geeky, coffee snob” should do:

  1. Light the gas stove with a match.
  2. Boil water in the Helvetica Kettle.
  3. Plug the coffee grinder into the APC UPS that still has some power left, turn it on, grind the coffee, then turn it off to conserve its power.
  4. Realize you had the wrong grind size, dump those grounds, fix the grind setting, turn the UPS on again, and grind the coffee properly.
  5. Brew with AeroPress.

That’s fine for a normal coffee snob, but what if you’re a real asshole with more coffee equipment than sense? I’ve added my own instructions for just this use case:

  1. See Marco’s instructions.
  2. Boil water in your Hario Coffee Drip Kettle
  3. Get a work out while grinding coffee using your hand grinder. This implies you’ve considered the possibility of needing to grind coffee if the power goes out, and bought one of these for emergencies. But that’s just common sense.
  4. Brew coffee with Chemex.