10 top options tested at sea
, 2022-04-20 02:00:00,
Nothing revives a tired crew like a steaming mug of real coffee, but what’s the best way to make it on passage? Chris Beeson gets a buzz by trying out 10 of the best coffee makers for boats.
Coffee is the world’s break fluid and there can’t be a high street in the land without somewhere that can fix you a ‘tall, skinny, extra-hot, split quad-shot latte with whip’.
But when we’re sailing, hours or days from the nearest port, how many of us put up with grimly functional instant coffee, rather than brewing a pot of the proper stuff?
I certainly do. In my experience, making real coffee while banging upwind is just not possible – the two can never coincide.
Like sipping wine while SCUBA diving – the brain simply wouldn’t be able to handle the dissonance.
However, Kieran Flatt, former food critic and YM editor, claims to know otherwise.
Arguing that there is now a plethora of boat galley accessories on the market, he sent us out to test the best coffee makers for boats.
In short, what is the quickest, simplest and cleanest way to make a decent cup of coffee in a seaway, without undue risk of spillage and burns?
Best disposable coffee makers for boats
[Ed: Our understanding of the impact of single-use plastic on the environment has changed considerably since this test. Please bear that in mind when purchasing these products]
Lyons Italian Gourmet coffee bags
Simply pour on boiling water and leave to brew, like a tea bag. It’s simple, quick, involves zero mess and doesn’t cost much more than instant.
The problem is the taste: it doesn’t have the sharp edge that fresh coffee should have, that coffee punch.
That’s a shame because it’s perfect for use on board. There are three blends but Italian Gourmet is the strongest so there’s not much hope for the others. £2.59 for an 18-bag pack.
[Ed: Lyons has since rebranded its Italian coffee bags as Perkadilly]
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