November 2013 Issue
Holiday Gifts Ideas for Sailors
The Java Lover
Know someone who will be up all night wrapping presents, or sitting the dogwatch Christmas Eve? Make their day by stashing this trio of coffee-related items under the tree.
Clever Dripper: During Practical Sailorís never-ending search for the perfect onboard coffee-brewing method, editors stumbled across an appealing compromise: a full-immersion, drip-brew plastic cone. Made by Coffee Shrub in Taiwan, the Clever Dripper is a 13-ounce, 6 x 6 x 6-inch BPA-free plastic cone. What sets this cone filter apart from others is its shutoff valve, which holds the coffee in the cone until the brewing process is complete.
Testers found the Clever Dripper easy to use and to clean. Simply sit the cone atop its included plastic coaster, insert a paper filter, and fill with ground coffee and boiling water. The plastic stopper valve holds the hot water in the cone while the coffee steeps; an included plastic lid can be secured over the cone during the 4-minute steeping process. Once the coffee is brewed, the cone can be placed on top of a coffee mug or thermos, and the coffee drains directly into the container. To clean up, just remove the paper filter and toss it.
The valve design enables the cone to offer the taste of French Press-brewed coffee and the easy cleanup of drip machines and paper cones. The cone, which holds 16 ounces of water, fits containers with mouths ranging from 1.5 to 3.75 inches in diameter. It sells for $22 online. (www.sweetmarias.com)
Travel Companion Thermos: No gift set for a java-loving sailor would be complete without a top-notch thermos to keep coffee warm through those wintery daysails and long night watches.
Thermos Nissanís 16-ounce, vacuum-insulated stainless-steel Travel Companion fits the bill. Testers found that the compact Thermos was able to keep coffee hot for up to 12 hours, and it kept cold liquids cold for 24 hours. The one-pint, lightweight design is BPA free, fits most cupholders, and comes with a built-in stainless-steel cup. It has a five-year warranty and sells for $27 online. Itís also available in a 26-ounce size. (www.thermos.com)