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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Yet ANOTHER Way To Make Coffee In Your RV!


I like coffee, it's important for me to have a cup first thing in the morning. It was very important to me even before I bought my RV that it had a coffee maker built in. Without coffee in the morning, I'm not the happy "full of energy" guy everyone loves so much. Well, maybe that's a bit much...but mostly true! I have set up my RV to be able to make a good cup of coffee regardless of where I am and what power sources are available. 12 Volt, 120 Volt and Propane. Each one has its own method to get the best cup. Lots of folks wrote to me asking why I don't just buy a Keurig style k-cup machine. I have my reasons! Well, what are they?

This One COMES With The Product!
K-cup machines are easy and with the refillable filter baskets can be quite economical. The main reason was always POWER. A k-cup machine uses a high temperature element to boil the water and then a pump to push it through the k-cup. This uses a lot of 120 volt power in a very short time. Not really a problem when I am on shore power and after my solar panels charge my batteries I am good to go. Unfortunately, in the morning when the batteries are at their lowest of the day and the solar panels haven't fully charged the batteries is when I need my first cup. Most of the time, while boondocking I use my ancient aluminum percolator pot. Works great and the entire RV smells wonderful first thing in the morning. It does require some fiddling to get it set up when I am not fully awake, but I can get it done. It takes up very little cabinet space.

A k-cup machine is much easier to operate and by simply dropping in a k-cup it's ready to go. There are many 120 Volt versions available in most big box stores and retailers. You can get them with large water reservoirs and lots of bells and whistles. But even the smallest one takes up a lot of counter space all the time. And when you want to store it someplace when it's not in use, it does take up a lot of space that I don't have. I really do have to make the most of what little space I have available. So how do you combine the two? A HA! I found a machine that will allow me to use a k-cup no matter what power source I am on. I know it says"As Seen On TV," but I never saw it! As long as I can boil water and I can do that on 12 Volt, 120 Volt AND Propane, this machine will let me brew a nice single serving using a k-cup! You can also brew other hot beverages such as Hot Cocoa, Soup, and Tea with it. I've seen a great variety of k-cup flavors available in most markets. How?
Simple, It's a really slick intelligent design. The K-Cup goes in the base, the base goes right on top of your cup, you screw the water reservoir onto the base, boiling water (195 degrees, really)  goes in the top (there are cup size measurements printed on the side), the pressure, plunger lid goes on the top and you press down. It automatically punctures the k-cup and forces high pressure water through it into your mug as ...coffee! I had to press down and release twice to get all the water out, but it was VERY easy. I have used the French Press method in the past, but the cleanup is a real pain. Especially all the grounds that have to get rinsed out. I try and keep food scraps out of my gray water system, if possible. Too many and too few dumps can begin to generate some very odd odors. It's not that hard to press down, but you can feel the pressure buildup in the reservoir while it is being compressed. That pressure is likely why it works so well. You have to be careful to press the flexible lid down from the edges so you do not "pump" it before it's sealed tightly.

Is the coffee any good? Yes! I was surprised that this worked so well on a k-cup! AND it was insanely easy to clean. Since there is nothing but hot, fresh water in the reservoir it doesn't get dirty and the base just holds the k-cup so a rinse is all that was needed to clean the whole thing. Then it stores in very little space in the cabinet. I'm sold. For under $20 it's yet another way to make a cup of Joe, wherever and whenever you like.

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"
www.thewanderman.com

[Editor: Here's a link to learn more or order this product at Amazon.com.]

5 comments:

  1. Nifty Gadget. I too am a coffee hound. The morning routine has me up and making the first coffee before sweety stirs. My system employs a #6 cone filter holder and large travel mug. The microwave and electric grinder if on 120, or propane and hand grinder if not. I settled on this system after several years of trial and error. Major limiting factors were no place for hanging coffee maker and my affection for fresh ground coffee. I'm always tinkering with this system, so I will look into the MyJo.
    Thanks for the articles.

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    1. Monte,
      Glad I am not alone! We should have a cup together one...late morning! You're very welcome for the articles!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  2. Awesome find! I thought I had seen every way to make coffee, and while I love my home Keurig, I always thought it was over-engineered and absurdly sized for the RV. I just ordered MyJo for $11.77 and delivered in 2 days w/ Prime...

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    1. Wolfe,
      I could not agree with you more! This little gizmo gives me all the convenience of a k-cup without the size, storage nightmare nor power consumption. Let me know how you like it!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  3. Looks cool. Possibly a take-off on the Aeropress, which I really like. It costs about twice as much, though, but you can use whatever coffee you like.

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