Stainless French press
As to the coffee:
Bean coffee + hand grinder (Japanese ceramic burr one)
Store ground coffee
Nespress pods and imitations from Dallmyer
And even freeze-dried instant, for night watches and rough passages.
All have their pluses and minuses. But the really perfect cup of coffee continues to elude me. Hand grinding good freshly roasted beans probably tastes the best; Nespresso is the most consistent.
Nespresso of course incredibly convenient. Makes a passable espresso.
French press is the go-to method if multiple coffee drinkers are on board, or to drink several cups without stopping to futz with making more (
Aeropress is easier to clean up than French press, and probably tastes marginally better.
But French press is less futzing -- dump in the coffee, dump in the hot water
, stir, cover, wait, press, and enjoy. Aeropress you have to fit together, make it stand up, etc. -- then pressing it is much fiddlier than the French press, and more risk of a hot coffee explosion. It's quite a lot of trouble for a single
cup of coffee and unacceptable if you need to make several cups at once.
French press is not really all that bad to clean up -- I don't dip it in the ocean since my freeboard is too high to do it without a rope
, but I pour water over the grounds, stir it up, and fling overboard
(over the N.B. leeward rail
). Then wash it in the sink. I think I'm gravitating back to the French press as the primary method.
For the really flavorful coffee I crave, I'm starting to think I will have to start roasting my own. My brother does this and swears it's the only way.