Who Needs a Coffee Machine?


The coffee plant originated from Ethiopia, as far as thirteen centuries ago,  there is record of its use as a reviving drink for hunters. From Ethiopia it’s use spread to Yemen. Sufis in Yemen, used this drink as an aid to concentration and as a spiritual intoxication while devoting to God. During the 16 th century,  it’s use had reached the rest of the middle east,  and the Otterman Empire. From the middle East, the beverage coffee, spread to Italy, then, through the rest of Europe. Not long after,  coffee plants where shipped by Dutch to the East Indies and the Americas. Then becoming popular then in Australia after the Italian immigrants brought the cultural practice of coffee as a social past time.

Today, although coffee is enjoyed in every country in the world,  much of the world’s coffee plantations are located in the third world countries.  In terms of trade, coffee is second only to oil in dollars traded. Americans consume more than 1/3 of all coffee grown. 
All coffee is grown in the ‘coffee belt’, between the Tropic of Cancer,  and the Tropic of Capricorn. In terms of chemicals, coffee is one of the most heavily treated crops of any agricultural commodity.

Conventional coffee has also been found to contain synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, and pesticides. These chemicals allow farmers to produce up to more than double the potential crop yeld, while at the same time killing any pests that try to destroy their crops. But, these chemicals are not only toxic to the insects, researchers are finding that these toxins can be harmful to you, as well. 

Why is organic better than conventional coffee

*Organic farmers do not use harmful or toxic chemicals on their crops.  The coffee that you drink is as “clean” as possible.  This means you are not putting dangerous chemicals into your body.

* The lack of pesticides do not destroy the soil, a critical factor in the nutritional value of all organic food.

* Most organic coffee is shade-grown and this directly impacts taste.  According to many connoisseurs “the best tasting coffees are the ones that are shade-grown.  This is because coffee is a very aromatic plant and absorbs all the flavors and aromas from surrounding trees, such as plantains, cacao and fruits.  The exotic aromas come out when not exposed to chemicals.”

* Organic farmers nurture the environment and minimize soil erosion through re-forestation, the use of ecological methods to control pests, the recirculation of water whenever possible and the propagation of different species of native trees, which also provides important refuge for migratory birds.

* When you buy organic coffee, you are supporting small farmers in many third world countries who are committed to the environment and are helping to promote biodiversity.

Fresh organic coffee beans – ground and brewed in around 10 min, without a single electrical device?

Great way to start an early morning on the homestead.

This morning I’m making my partner a coffee to get him up and out of bed, the sun is not up yet, but a freshly ground organic coffee should help wake us up. And I’m sure this will be quicker than a coffee machine.

Firstly, I’m using whole organic coffee beans, a hand turned coffee grinder, and then the moka coffee pot.

Coffee Grinder.

This grinder has a simple mechanism under the handle that can be screwed up or down a little to give you a courser or finely ground coffee bean, and a drawer underneath that catches the grinds.it’s made of wood and metal, completely natural materials. 

Coffee Grinder.

You can just use a mortar and pessle if you don’t have a grinder,  though it may take a little longer. I simply add a small handful of beans into the opening in the top of the grinder and in a few moments turning the handle I have fresh finely ground coffee thats ready to be brewed.

The Moka Expresso Maker

The Moka coffee pots are sometimes referred to as stove-top espresso makers and produce coffee with an extraction ratio similar to an expresso machine. The resultant brew has increased extraction of caffiene and flavours from the grounds, resulting in a stronger brew than that obtained by drip brewing.
The Moka pot works on the simple principle of passing boiling water pressurized by steam through coffee grinds. Named after the city of Mocha, it was invented by an Italian, Alfonso Bialetti in 1933.

The bottom chamber is where you add the water,  it holds 250 mls, to just under the safety release valve. Easily enough for two expressos or one serve of regular strenth coffee. 

I add the ground coffee into the centre compartment, a basket with a funnel.  Then the top pot is screwed tightly onto the bottom chamber,  placed onto a heat source.

When the water heats up the steam pressurizes and forces the water up through the basket  of coffee and the central funnel, spilling into the top of compartment of the pot.When it starts making a gurgling sound you want to pull the pot off the heat as the bottom chamber is now empty of water and you don’t want it to burn. All the coffee is now held in the top chamber of the pot, which is easily poured into mug. It took less than a few minutes to brew, after the gas flame was lit.

Throw grinds in compost.

I rinse out the pot for next time,  throwing the coffee grinds into the compost. I pour the freshly brewed coffee into mug adding cream and natural sweetener.

And whats the opinion of my partner, After tasting he actually said, ” One of the best cups of coffee I’ve had for a while.” 

Morning start.

These machines are simple and tested through time,  they require no electricity,  and they are both made from completely natural materials that are biodegradable. So, your saving time, energy and the environment. 

Simple but effective devices.

It’s handy for us to have machines or devices that we can use  even when our so solar batteries run flat. Modern life has made many things more convenient by but, in the process,  reliant on electricity and toxic materials. I remember how hard it was in the city when there was a power outages. Now that I live off the grid,  and use renewable energy, that is solar, and a back up generator, our life becomes more sustainable when we use the least amount of power that we can.  

Almost any task you think of can be done by simple hand machines. Which can be really convienient on the homestead when your conscious of your energy use.  Your solar batteries flatten,  or the generator runs out, or the wind does not blow at times,  so we try to have as less electrical appliance use as possible.  As we have only a certain amount of power availiable, especially in winter when the sun shines for shorter period and with less intensity, we do need to monitor what’s on, so we have power for everything and everyone’s happy.

My store page will have a selection of these life saving, power saving, simple, old school devices. They have few working parts, and they work well and last a long time, like anything that was made before our modern era, now,  technology is manufactured with the devastating ethos,  ‘planned obsolescence’,  a nightmare for mother earth’s resorces and the home makers bank balance.

So I encourage you to consider when purchasing, these items, that time has tested,  and I  have found invaluable in my life here, living off the grid. It’s a sustainable practice to make quality, energy efficient purchases, investments that won’t let you down, end up as landfill,   or eat away at your bank balance.

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