We are now a household of eight. Suddenly there are multiple coffee drinkers. As such, behold:

The Bialetti Moka Express 12-cup stovetop espresso machine. Still made in Italy. The Moka comes in an array of sizes. This largest size borders on absurd. It is massive. 

I have one big cup of coffee each morning. It’s about 4 shots of espresso with an equal volume of milk. With the 12-cup, it’s possible to make at least three of those. 
Usually the daily pot of coffee is gone or nearly gone the same day. But, I won’t deny that I sometimes allow a day to pass and then I drink what’s left the next morning. It’s not bad. 

Admittedly, I am not the sort of connoisseur of coffee as, say, Beer. Day old beer left on the counter isn’t good in Antarctica. 

So I drink the stale coffee from this thing and I don’t really wash it either, with soap or in the dishwasher. The water that passes through the machine is blistering hot and the aluminum takes up the heat from the stove. 

I rinse it really well between each use and I periodically wipe out the upper part of the pot with a damp cloth. I would be especially concerned about running it through the dishwasher, with the possibility of parts getting warped and the detergent anodizing and pitting the metal. 

A Moka is a great prepper item. With a few of these on hand, provided you have beans, water, and heat, you’ll make coffee for a decade or longer. Great for camping too. 

Speaking of stocking up, one can never have too much Juan Ana coffee on hand, particularly when buying in bulk is key to getting a great deal on shipping. 

Extra coffee from San Lucas Atitlan in your pantry supports a Catholic mission in Guatemala that helps families grow coffee on little one or two-acre plots. The mission supplies the plants to the families, buys the beans back at harvest time, roasts the beans and packages them for sale. The farmers receive more than fair trade prices.


3-in-1 Christmas Gift Idea: Buy Coffee, Help a Catholic Mission, and Provide a Just Wage

AgricultureJuan Ana Coffee is one of the projects connected to the San Lucas Tolimán Mission at Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Started by Fr. Greg Shaffer nearly 25 years ago with 6 families, it has grown to provide a constant wage for more than 650 families. The Juan Ana Coffee project does not qualify as “Fair Trade Coffee” — commonly understood as the right coffee to buy — because it actually pays the farmers and workers involved in coffee production more than Fair Trade guidelines allow.

DSCN0144-2All money is returned to the Coffee Project which allows for the continuing support of the farmers and their families. The coffee is grown at high elevation, 5,000+ feet in rich volcanic ash soil under shade canopies. All milling, drying, storage, roasting and packing are done locally by the people of Guatemala.

The coffee is really good. No fancy flavorings or additives, just rich coffee flavor. Products include whole bean regular and dark roast (we prefer the dark roast), and ground regular roast. The dark roast can also be used to make espresso (which is the way I use most often). Coffee is individually vacuum-sealed inside a cloth bag. Coffee costs $9 per pound, plus shipping (buy a lot at one time to reduce the cost of shipping).

Go to www.sanlucasmission.org/coffee and click ‘order a bag’!