This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I’ve had a splitting headache since this morning. I’ve tried natural cures, then taken Excedrin for Migraine, then later Aleve, but nothing has helped. I was thinking “Why do I have this headache?,” then I realized I got busy and didn’t get my coffee this morning. I always have two cups. Now I am paying for my oversight.
This got me thinking, if there is a disaster and we can’t get our morning coffee, there would be a huge number of sufferers like me. Mr Apt Prepper keeps telling me it’s time to wean myself off, but I am not ready. What are our options?
1. Stock up on coffee (and the water to brew it!)
Green coffee beans
Green coffee beans last much longer than roasted ground coffee. My favorite is Kona coffee. I keep a small amount with my food storage. One of the first things I learned was how to brew coffee off grid.
When I go camping or backpacking I bring the little instant Starbucks packets as they are lightweight and flavorful. I have even tested the expired ones, and they turned out fine. I have a about a week’s worth.
Don’t forget to stock up extra water to brew your coffee. As we are learning from the recent water emergencies such as the one in Toledo Ohio, threats to tap water can occur at any time. Make sure you stock up on water.
Tip: Make your supplies last longer by using less and avoiding waste. Some ideas: Make iced coffee from the previous day’s old coffee. You can also freeze leftover coffee or iced coffee and use to cool your next batch. You can also stretch coffee grounds by reusing them the next day and using a quarter less grounds for the next day’s brew.
2. Stock up on other caffeine sources
Like Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek The Next Generation, I prefer Earl Grey, and keep a box just in case. I also have some Chai and black teas as backup.
Colas and other sodas with caffeine
I am not much of a soda drinker, but Coke, Barq’s Root Beer and Mountain Dew are examples of sodas that contain caffeine. They may be an alternative for some.
Red Bull and other energy drinks also contain caffeine. But you have to watch your intake, as some have additional additives that cause rapid heartbeat or high blood pressure.
Pills would not be my choice, but for long drives and having to stay up all night, they may be necessary to stay awake.
3. Herbs or energizing herb teas
I have tried alternatives such as dandelion tea, which has a lot of health benefits, but I have not found one that is as satisfying as my morning coffee. Flowers like hibiscus can be made into teas as well- see hibiscus tea recipe here. Of course if it were grid down SHTF type situation, I am sure I’d be grateful for anything, even pine needle tea which I have brewed as well.
4. Slowly give up the coffee habit
A co-worker of mine who used to drink two cups of coffee daily like me slowly got himself off. He switched gradually to one cup of coffee a day for a couple of weeks, then switched to tea. In another week or two he switched to herb teas and no longer craves the caffeine fix.
I’ve actually cut down from my previous four cups to two cups, but that’s as far as I got.
My excuse is, I don’t smoke, drink or shop for recreation, so I allow myself this one indulgence. I just have to make sure I make it a point to keep adding to my emergency stash. Even if nothing happens, I know it won’t be wasted.
© Apartment Prepper 2014