A number of readers have all recommended the Aerobie Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker as being wonderful on a boat. And while I’ve never used one, I wanted to pass on the recommendation as it looks like a great solution.
Over and over, I keep hearing the same five things:
- Great coffee or espresso
- No electricity
- Plastic, not glass
- Not expensive
- Doesn’t take a lot of water to clean
Okay, the disadvantages are that it’s a hands-on system and you have to make sure to have the filters (although I’ve heard of people cutting them out of paper towels or basket-style filters in an emergency). The other option is to get a special reusable stainless disk filter — reviews are mixed on this, with some people loving it and some not, basically because it does not filter out the finest particles and oil. It also takes additional water to clean (see my comments about permanent filters in general). I’ve put the link to the stainless filter below so that if you are interested, you can read the reviews and see if it sounds like you’d like it (people I’ve talked to have been split between loving it and hating it, with few in the middle).Further, the water has to be heated separately, so you’ll need a tea kettle both to contain spills and sloshing and to conserve fuel. And if you want to keep your coffee hot for a while, you’ll need a good Thermos in addition to the Aeropress (read about my Thermos testing before buying one).
The Aeropress is sold in most camping stores (not the camping department of Walmart, but stores such as REI), and numerous online stores. My price check has the lowest prices in general on Amazon, although sometimes there will be a sale elsewhere.
- Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker on Amazon
- Aeropress plus 350 filters
- Stainless permanent filter
- 34-ounce Thermos Nissan (if you don’t feel like reading my “Thermos” reviews, this is my favorite, keeps coffee hot for hours)
Using an Aeropress is a little more complicated than a cone-style drip coffeemaker, but not hard. The video below explains it well — on a boat, I’d suggest putting the mug and Aeropress into the sink so that if the boat moves, any spill is contained in the sink.