Necessity is the Mother of Invention

September 20, 2013

Coffee is very important to us here on Convivia and we’ve expended quite a bit of time and energy, ensuring that we always have good coffee to drink. When we left the US we were aware that AMPs were king and decided to play it safe with a hand grinder. For the most part that grinder has been a joy. I love the ritual of grinding my morning coffee, and really only mind it when we have friends over for coffee and I have to grind a lot more.


Mega Manual

Our blissful coffee life recently took a bad turn though. Last week, we lost the handle that turns the grinder. After a frantic search of the boat we decided to improvise and I got out the crescent wrench. It got the job done but does give a bit of a blister, takes longer and tends to result in some nasty dents in the sole (floor). After grinding 4 cups this way, I decided that it was time to get a new grinder. I sourced one at one of our favorite coffee shops, and was all set to get it but the shop is closed on the weekends and we’re about to go sailing for the week. What. to. do.   Enter necessity. It was actually so hard that I considered ordering an electric grinder from the US, or buying an inverter for here so I could get an electric grinder locally. So this morning, as I was manually grinding with the crescent wrench, I had what can only be described as an epiphany. Words can’t do it justice, so here’s a picture…


Fully Automatic





Coffee bliss regained!



  1. Comment by Dad

    Dad September 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    You are the Father of Invention.

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