With our plan to minimize our "stuff" for our tiny cabin. We are always looking for "manual" things. Things we can use by hand that use up no electricity. Things that are heavy duty and will last a lifetime. Possibly multi-purpose items. Two American Made products I discovered are the Chemex Coffee Carafe, and the Camano Coffee Mill.
The Chemex Coffee Carafe arguably brews the best and cleanest tasting coffee. Invented by a German doctor of Chemistry in 1941. You simply place a Chemex-bonded coffee filter in the cone at the top of the Chemex, making sure the thicker side of the filter is toward the pouring spout. Pour one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee (ground for regular or automatic) per every 5 oz. cup into the filter cone. Feel free to pour a bit more if you prefer stronger tasting coffee. Bring a pot or kettle of water to a boil, removing from heat once it starts to boil vigorously. Pour a small amount of water over the coffee grounds just enough to wet them without floating. It is important to wet them just enough so the grounds can "bloom." After the first wetting, pour more water, making sure to soak the grounds as much as possible but keeping the water level well below the top of the coffeemaker. Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, dispose of the grounds and voila! Your coffee is ready. You can also brew tea in the Chemex! Follow the same instructions using your favorite loose tea in place of coffee grounds, measured at one level teaspoon per cup.
The Camano Coffee Mill is as beautiful as it is functional. Holds enough coffee beans to make 4-5 cups of drip coffee. Need to make more? Just refill the hopper, shut the lid and keep grinding. Made of Cast Iron, Walnut and Glass. Medium sized Ball Jar is included however, the upper half will fit any regular sized Mason Jar opening.