Coffee... a nectar from the Gods
It rivals tea and water as one of the most widely consumed beverages on the planet. In America, patriots turned to it, to thumb their noses at British tea taxes.
So it makes sense that having coffee as a prepping item will be beneficial regardless if you drink it or not.
If you're going to plan to have a small stockpile of brew, you should break it down into two fields:
Short term preparedness
Long term preparedness
Coffee does have a shelf life. That doesn't mean you can't drink it. It's just good to be prepared for all scenarios. Lets start with the short term.
Short Term Coffee Preparedness
This is essentially what you think it is, a stockpile of coffee that you can rely on if and when it becomes scarce where you are.
My personal coffee preference is a drink called "Cafe con leche" and prepping to prepare that presents its own set of challenges. Check out the video below for how to make it.
What I recommend doing is buying the coffee you normally drink and find out how long it lasts you. That's your starting point. Then you can figure out how much you need to store for whatever amount of time you deem fit.
I enjoy "Cafe Bustelo" in my coffee and in all honesty, to make cafe con leche you need that kind of cuban coffee. Anything else is just subpar.
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I've found that a 10oz can lasts me about a month. That's my starting point.
With all that said, its also important to note that even if you buy your coffee in bulk. (Like the one available by clicking here.) You will eventually run out of this supply. Which leads us to our next obstacle, how to prepare for the long haul.
Long Term Coffee Preparedness
This is where things get tricky. Lets say that you've stored three years worth of coffee and things are looking up. However, some event has occurred and life as you know it, is abruptly changed... possibly for your lifetime.
The solution?... Well the solution is to grow your own coffee. Before you write off this article just hear me out. Coffee likes to grow in certain environments.
That doesn't mean you can't create an environment suitable to grow enough to replenish your supply. If you live somewhere that is unsuitable to the growing of coffee naturally, look into building yourself a "Walipini".
A walipini is essentially an underground greenhouse. They are done this way because air can remain roughly the same temperature underground. A good choice if you want to grow food year round.
The next issue is how many coffee tress are needed to satisfy your craving?
Well numbers vary but they range between 16 to 18 trees required to supply one person with a years worth of coffee. Each tree requires about a square meter of space which translates to a 16 -18m2 walipini. For the Americans, plan on a 200 square foot walipini.
In the grand scheme of things thats really not that much space. Imagine the possibilities if you were able to produce your own coffee during a cataclysmic scenario? You'd probably become a very wealthy individual.
These are just some ideas to think about if you're a big coffee drinker. Think about other things you enjoy and what steps you can take to replicate the things you enjoy.
Learn how to make a cafe con leche here: