A clever cof­fee plan

Go! Camp & Drive - - Letter - JO­HANNES KLEINHANS Vry­heid

This is a story you’ve heard many times but never seen. Un­til re­cently I’ve also only heard about it, but now I can say I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it too. Not too long ago we were in the Kgala­gadi. Every morn­ing starts with proper fil­ter cof­fee from the plunger. The first few morn­ings every­thing is hunky­dory, but then the plunger’s shaft breaks off right at the strainer. Graham Jones, who was trav­el­ling with us, says he has two spare bat­ter­ies in his ve­hi­cle and that we should use th­ese to weld the shaft to the strainer. As they say, no harm in try­ing. We’re still in the bush for an­other week and we don’t want to go with­out our morn­ing cof­fee. We con­nect the bat­ter­ies with the jumper ca­bles, press the one pole against the strainer, and Jan Brand – also part of our group – presses the other pole against the shaft. And so we melt the two to­gether. The weld job kept the plunger in­tact the whole hol­i­day and we en­joyed our fil­ter cof­fee every morn­ing.

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