We are trying to purchase any desired or needed items to be off-grid ready, non-electric, and well made. Doug works at a coffee shop in the winter, we enjoy really good coffee, and I do like an occasional espresso in the afternoons. I researched non-electric espresso makers. They were pricey and the concept was the same as our non-electric French Press. Just pour boiling water over coffee grounds! The containers were smaller and made a more compact, stronger cup, but essentially it was the same. I poured roughly one cup of water over 4 Tablespoons of good coffee grounds and let it sit for four minutes or so. Perfect espresso!
My friend, Nancy (dang, I miss that woman!), taught me to use lemon peel. She learned it in Italy. She rubbed the lemon peel on the lip of the cup before taking a sip of the dark, rich drink. It didn’t sound like it would be a good pairing but it was. A burst of sweet and tart and rich and earthy in one small, timeless sip. This is best enjoyed on a patio, or under a tree, or with friends. A little pick-me-up before the second round of farm chores.
I have been enjoying it on rainy afternoons since the rain just won’t let up, but the past two days it has been sunny during the day and rainy at night, a perfect combination! Look at how beautiful everything is turning in its electric green and soils filled with life.
Perhaps summer is coming after all!