12V Coffee Machine

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 20:02
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Hello Everybody!!

We have just joined the ranks of caravan owners and need to get our coffee situation sorted otherwise we will not be happy campers!

Who knows of a good 12v coffee machine?? I saw a Coleman one for $150 but was hoping there was something cheaper out there!

The inverter in the van is only 300w so I dont think I will find a machine to fit that

We normally use a dripper machine and will use a plunger if needed but thought I would check here first!

thanks
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Reply By: Geoff in SA - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 21:43

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 21:43
Hi summer

Well we are able to use the dropper, plunger and the De Longie blue coffee machine.
As well the princess can power her hair straightener and turbo hair dryer,
This is because I had a choice, travel alone or get a thingy that will make my stuff work.

I have installed a 2700 watt inverter/charger and this allows all these to operate.
We have our coffee machine coffee and the princess looking absolutely fabulous.

Cost a couple of $$$$. But we'll worth the price.
Ale to pull the batteries up during the day with a couple of solar panels with no difficulties to date..

Regards
Geoff
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 09:51

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 09:51
How much battery capacity do you have? Have you weighed your van in fully loaded trim since adding all the batteries?
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Follow Up By: Geoff in SA - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:08

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:08
Hi Peter D

No issues with the batteries and balance.
Have them mounted just rear of the suspension.
Had a lot of issues with ball weight when 1st purchased/built.
But that's another story.
Have had stuff relocated and re-cabled (builders expense) (he was not happy)
Now its almost where we want it.
BTW Have a look at a post from gemac_solar_and_power regarding cable sizes and connections in the van

Its taken over 18 months to get it to where we requested it in the initial discussions.
Would never recommend this manufacturer to anyone.
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Reply By: Member - Burra - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 23:04

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 23:04
as a car only traveller tourist, we use a plunger,about 400mls to satisfy our coffee needs.
i can make the coffee i want plus the wife can water it down to the strength that she likes. this way there is no coffee left lying around unused.

we use the dripper to home and have found this to be the better alternative.
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Follow Up By: Member - Burra - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 23:10

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 23:10
if we ever meet,don't ask me for a no'1's coffee.no-one ever else did.
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 08:20

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 08:20
Have you considered a stovetop espresso pot like the Greeks and Italians use?
Cost about $30 and can use on gas cooktop it needed and are compact and light. Just got one myself for camping
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Follow Up By: Mark S (cns) - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:27

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:27
Agreed, one of these is the go >> coffer maker
saves messing around with 12V which, in all honesty, does not make good sense when it comes to coffee machines



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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 12:36

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 12:36
That's the one Mark S
You just have to watch the sizes as they are talking Short Black type shots
I bought a 9 cup and that makes 2 mugs of coffee
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Follow Up By: Mark S (cns) - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 13:12

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 13:12
Good tip Alby!
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 08:21

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 08:21
What sort of coffee machine are you after.... espresso is the choice of real coffee lovers and then you have Turkish/Italian style and then the plunger.

We have been looking for a espresso machine for camping for ages but most are around the 1700w or bigger.

We don't want to run a BIG inverter for it so plunger or Turkish/Italian are what we usually use.

The are some small single shot hand held espresso machines around the $200 mark but have heard mixed results about them.

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 10:50

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 10:50
hi olcoolone
i just use the - kis-- method
no hassles with invertors worrying about battery power levels or extra solar panel problems less gear to drag around
teaspoon of instant coffee some sugar and milk and hot or cold water depending on desire at the time i'm not a coffee finatic one or none a day is ample
some of the coffee i have sampled that people turn out of coffee machines would kill a brown dog imho and have been known to spit it out- yuk!
also dont like coffee that you can stand a spoon upright in the middle of the cup and so mostly drink tea
i did buy a waeco kettle but apart from been convient does draw a fair bit of power 32w from memory and slow but ok in the car sometimes
guess it comes down to the individuals tastes
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Follow Up By: Member - Jorgen S (QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 20:51

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 20:51
Have a look at The Coleman 8/12 cup portable propane coffee maker.
Its a beauty and makes 10 cups in about 15 min. Runs on gas canisters and one canister can last 4.5 hours. Stop anywhere and have a cuppa. Get it from all camping stores including BCF where i bought mine for $ 119. You can also buy it from E-Bay for about $ 89 plus postage.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 14:09

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 14:09
Here you go olcoolone, put one of these in your 200 and it'll power a 2400w coffeemaker all day at idle revs with no extra batteries.

High output alternator


220Amps at idle, 390Amps at 1000rpm. thats about 2500Watts and 4500watts at a little over idle.

Bring on the espressos.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jorgen S (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 14:18

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 14:18
That would cost a fair bit over $ 100
But if money is no object go for it.

Jorgen
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Reply By: AdrianLR - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 12:11

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 12:11
We use a Bialletti stovetop perc and/or a Handpresso. The Handpresso is a hand pump that uses ESE pods. 15 bar pressure, excellent coffee from a roster in Sydney (they do mail order) and very compact. For milk, a small jug and a $2 battery operated wizzer off ebay. Put a milk thermometer in the jug and stop before hitting prefered temp as it keeps going up.

If you decide to get a Handpresso, Amazon Spain is the best value - half the local price including delivery.

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Follow Up By: Member - J&R - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 12:26

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 12:26
A Bialetti stove top. Uses existing resources (gas).
If you go batteries, inverter, solar etc then yr latte' will cost you a 2nd mortgage.

And with a bit of practice, ie not burning the coffee, then it will be grandissimo.....

And cheap.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 13:05

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 13:05
Nespresso "Pixi" coffee machine , 90sec water heat up time , 19bar , light and very portable , perfect fit carry case/bag available ,, 1260w 240v draw ,,,,, be suprised ,, my Yamaha ES 1000IE generator actually runs it ,,,,,
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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 14:36

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 14:36
Hi SL

Most capsule machines will run off a 1500W Pure Sine inverter, here is a test we did on the Aldi machine.


Aldi-Test


Regards

Derek from ABR

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Reply By: Summerlovin - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 15:18

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 15:18
Thanks everyone for your replies,

We drink long blacks with a dash of milk so no need for a frothed milk etc..

Looking like a stove top one will be our only option as we have such a small inverter.
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Follow Up By: Lex M - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 15:40

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 15:40
If all you want is long black, get one of these.
http://www.aeropress.com.au/

Makes better coffee than some machines. (Don't knock it until you've tried it.)



Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 19:58

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 19:58
I've got one of these , preety good.
http://www.aeropress.com.au/
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Reply By: John D19 - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 16:30

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 16:30
Hi, If you have solar all I have ever used is a waeco 12vlt kettle. It holds about a ltr of water, I just put enough water in for 2 big cups and in about ten mins it shuts off and you have got boiling water. Or do what we do, mount it in the vehicle and 15mins before you stop switch it on?? great for quick stops. other than that boil the kettle on the gas, it is a lot easier than coffee machines?? (remember the more you carry you are likely to have more problems) Enjoy you trip. Cheers
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Reply By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 23:57

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 23:57
Summerlovin,
We have used a Stove top expresso coffee maker at home and on the road for years.
Take your pick from one listed. The stainless steel Pezzetti for $59.00 is looking good!
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 07:59

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 07:59
G'day all

On the road we use a dingo kettle and Robert Timm Mocha kenya style coffee bags.

They give us a great coffee and a decent break while we boil the kettle (max 4 min), drink the coffee and walk around the park.


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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 09:28

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 09:28
Just incase you want to simply boil water one should consider the Bugatti Kettle.

Bugatti Kettle

I have a friend who has one............guess what......it still just boils water.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 18:12

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 18:12
Folks heating water with 12Volts is a fools game......so ya got ya high power inverter..to run ya 1500 watt coffee machine....now ya pulling more power than ya starter motor (serioulsy more power than ya strater motor) to make a cup of coffee....that is just plainly rediculous.

The greeks and italians have been using little stove top perculators for over a century and they work very very well on a $20 butane stove.

If ya want to froth ya milk......warm it on the butane stove in a sucepan or a laboratory beaker and whizz it up with a $2 Ikea battery powered milk frother.

I don't drink Coffee...but the wife does and in my opinion is rediculously fussy.....she has a coffee machine..and not a cheap one.

Even at home the only advantage to the coffee machine is the speed and convienience.....she still prefeers a coffee from the little perc or a plunger.

Once away from a mains 240v supply and a nice steady bench top, the advanteges of a coffee machine just evaporate.

cheers
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