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Topic: Brewing without electricity (6 msgs / 135 lines)
1) From: michael brown
Friends have been urging me to set up a booth at a local farmer's market.  I went around this past weekend to do some "research" and see what the crowds are like, how everyone else is set up, and do some general "thinkin."
My thought is to sell coffee by the bag.  I also feel i need to obviously offer some coffee by the cup. As i've said in an earlier thread temp is hovering around the 90's.  So i'm thinking of making some iced coffee the night before to offer.  But i also need to offer hot coffee.  The market is from 8a-12p so there is bound to be someone (hopefully a bunch) who would also like a hot cup o' joe before it gets too hot and humid.  The first obvious problem with serving hot coffee is no electricity.  The second issue i see is being able to brew and serve enough to keep up.So I thought i'd tap into the experiences and wisdom of the list once again.Here's what I'm thinking...
Get a propane powered, single eye camper stove thingy to boil water.Chemex brew into an air pot to keep it warm.My primary concern with this is grinding the coffee the night before.  Can't think of a way to grind there on site.
Any ideas and incite would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance!
Michael B
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2) From: Yakster
Pneumatic grinder?  Cordless drill or screwdriver attached to a Hario
Skerton or other hand grinder, Might be an opportunity to sell hand grinders
to folks who buy whole bean and don't have a good grinder.
I've heard of folks who do AeroPress for quick one-off cups, but not sure
you could keep up with that.  Yesterday I smoked some spare ribs and took
them over to the in-laws for the fourth, I was thinking of bringing my
Chemex but worried about breaking it, so I bought the two Starbucks Barista
stainless steel french presses I'd previously found at thrift stores (I
bought one and the Wife found the second and didn't realize I already had
one) and they worked perfectly for coffee.  Beats using the in-law's
percolator!  Maybe press pot service?  I hadn't been using press pot because
of my false burr grinder, but it actually wasn't bitter... maybe it's
because I spend more time now focusing on timing and dosing then before.
I'm thinking that if you can show your customers ways to brew the coffee
like they would at home that taste good then it'll enhance the sale.  You
could keep a few AeroPresses for sale too.
Whatever you decide, best of luck to you!
-Chris
On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM, michael brown  wrote:
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3) From: Ryan M. Ward
Well, the most OBVIOUS solution would be to go out and buy a gasoline powered electric generator and hook all of your equipment into it. How much ground coffee are we talking? If not very much, I would drag out my manual grinder(blow the dust off of it first). If a lot, I would beg borrow and steal for an extension cord and power outlet.
Now that I think of it, I wonder if you could rent an electric generator. This would solve many of my problems when I go camping with my in-lack-of-laws and need my computer programming fix in the woods ;)
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4) From: Ryan M. Ward
Oh, by the way. As far as the water goes, do you have any really good thermos's? 
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5) From: Sandy Andina
Find out if the farmer's market has music, and if so whether the musicians are amplified. If they are, ask if you can tap in to their power supply (offer a reasonable fee for the gasoline or the wear & tear on the battery).
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6) From: Joseph Robertson
michael,
coming from someone who has done it. It all depends on cups. How many cups
you plan on or estimate you will be selling. The first time doing this sort
of event is always the hardest. Not only the hardest but also very telling
as to weather or not you might ever consider it again. Plan on working your
butt off if it is busy. If it is not busy look around and figure out why. We
were not busy at my first because it was a humane society event with a lot
of folks with there pooch's all dressed up for the dog talent show. Most who
came up to our well signed booth were looking for a dog treat ( free by the
way ). I tried to convince them that there dog would perform better with a
good cup a joe under there nice jacket or sweater they were sporting. Why
heck if there dog does not do caffeine how bout some nice home made organic
muffins milled and baked from scratch? Oh well sir or madam how about you.
Fresh roasted and brewed coffee this morning? We sold some yes, but it
turned out to be more of an exposure thing for us.
Keep it as simple as possible. Talk about your beans and your fresh roast.
Let them have a sample if you can. If you coffee tastes good they will love
you. Especially if no one else is there providing coffee.
Cheers,
Joseph
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