Right-Sizing Coffee & Tea

Because we didn’t have room in our tiny house for a coffee maker, we got creative.  The results are in the video.  Here is Tiny House Coffee & Tea.  PLUS, my Austrian makes a special guest appearance showing how he makes his coffee.

2 SimplicityOur culture makes a habit of making simple things complicated, and marketing tries to convince this that this complexity is to simplify things for us.  Going tiny for Xaver and I has meant making complicated things simple again, and we enjoy this very much.  That sometimes means going old-school and doing things the way our grandparents did them.

At the beginning as you contemplate your shiny coffee gear and think about downsizing – this might seem like a sacrifice.  I want to invite you to go back to the earlier post about choosing your favorite things in your kitchen.  If you coffee or tea system is your favorite thing, then the task becomes how to make space in your now smaller kitchen for this production.  We’ve found that one of the keys to enjoying a tiny space and making it feel less sacrificial is to enjoy our favorite simple luxuries along the way.  This includes sometimes having a little Amarula in my tea, or drinking it from a luxuriously beautiful china tea cup and stirring it with a silver spoon.  This interplay of simplicity and beauty brings us much satisfaction.  It is from this satisfaction that I can challenge you to look at different habits and consider thoughtfully the choices that are right for you and your family in light of your own tiny house or micro-kitchen.

Spend some time today with your coffee and tea equipment and ingredients.  Add a few things to your donation box and think of ways to make the process more earth friendly.  You can do it.

Have fun with the process, I’m not here to pressure you into anything, I simply offer you an alternative that comes from our years of living in 125 square feet.

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If you haven’t already chosen your tea cup or coffee mug, now’s your chance! And here’s the rest of the gear needed for making coffee & tea in a tiny house. It could not be simpler!

Whistling Tea Kettle

I like this Kitchen Aid Whistling Whistling Tea Kettle that comes in a whole bunch of colors, but there are so many options and this is a great opportunity to find an interesting tea kettle that suits your taste. Make sure to get one that whistles! I ruined a pan on the stove by walking away and forgetting about it. The whistle helps me remember I have a hot burner on in the house and that’s important to me since I am so easily distracted!

Tea Infuser

I doubt anyone needs instructions on how to use a tea kettle and a Tea Infuser.

Tiny House Coffee might be a different matter.

So here’s the additional gear needed to make Tiny House Coffee: Nothing!

Wait, what?

Here’s how we make super-simple coffee in our tiny house. Here’s my handsome Austrian showing how easy it is (start at the 8:50 mark on this video):

A little too hard-core minimalist for you?

LOL! Ok, no worries. Here’s a beautiful Bodum French Press” for a very reasonable price and doesn’t require additional electrical power, and shouldn’t be too messy to clean up. And there are lots of size options! Isn’t it pretty? These are surprisingly affordable at $20 – $35. All in all, that’s some pretty simple coffee!

Whew, scared you there for a moment didn’t I?!

he he! Shall we continue?

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