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pg89
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 8:06am
Subject: What coffee machine would work best for a semi truck?
 

I have just started a new career as a truck driver, driving over the road all over America (I've just moved here from the UK). I am a bit of a coffee geek, and so far, I have found the coffee at truck stops/gas stations to be weak, unexciting, with a cardboard taste and aroma. I am looking for a coffee machine that would be suitable to use in a truck, power is no problem as I will have an inverter, but something small, simple and good quality that will produce good coffee is what I'm looking for.

I recently bought a cheap black & decker 5 cup machine for $17, but it gives off an awful toxic burnt plastic smell that you can taste in the coffee, so I've given up on that. This has put me off going for a filter drip machine, unless there was a guarantee there would be no plastic smell with it.  

Do any of you have any suggestions? Also, what brands/sources of coffee are good in the US? I bought some French ground coffee from trader joe's, but I can't tell if its any good because all I can taste is plastic!
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Posted Sun Nov 24, 2013, 2:51am
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pg89 Said:

I have just started a new career as a truck driver, driving over the road all over America (I've just moved here from the UK). I am a bit of a coffee geek, and so far, I have found the coffee at truck stops/gas stations to be weak, unexciting, with a cardboard taste and aroma. I am looking for a coffee machine that would be suitable to use in a truck, power is no problem as I will have an inverter, but something small, simple and good quality that will produce good coffee is what I'm looking for.

I recently bought a cheap black & decker 5 cup machine for $17, but it gives off an awful toxic burnt plastic smell that you can taste in the coffee, so I've given up on that. This has put me off going for a filter drip machine, unless there was a guarantee there would be no plastic smell with it.  

Do any of you have any suggestions? Also, what brands/sources of coffee are good in the US? I bought some French ground coffee from trader joe's, but I can't tell if its any good because all I can taste is plastic!

Posted November 23, 2013 link

I have 2 suggestions, first is Nespresso, if you don't mind drinking Cafe Americanos (espresso with hot water).   The machines are relatively cheap and the water is contained nicely with and it brews instantly.. It does draw quite a bit of current during extraction so I don't know how many amps your inverter can handle, but the Nespresso machines are 1200 watts.

If you think a pod coffees are too expensive, my second suggestion is getting yourself a simple pour over drip cone and a small kettle.   It takes about 3 minutes to make a superb cup of coffee from cold water to brew-in-cup and everything cleaned up..  The drip cone is nominally cheap ($5). A pack of 50 filters is another 5 bucks or so.  Grind your own coffee with a hario grinder while you wait for the water to boil in 2 minutes.   You will have hot, FRESH ground and brewed coffee with every cup. What's better than that? :)
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Posted Sun Nov 24, 2013, 6:05am
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Keurig Mini.

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Posted Sun Nov 24, 2013, 3:18pm
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A Clever Dripper might be easiest all around, including cleanup.  Weebit_nutty's pour over suggestion easy as well but I think you can get 100 ct box of #4 or #2 filters for that price.  Bonavita makes a nice stainless travel kettle for heating your water, handy.  Then all you need is a grinder and some good beans of your choice.

IF considering Clever Dripper be sure to check measurements of the opening of what you'll be brewing into---the Dripper comes on 2 sizes, they give size range in specs.

Good luck!
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 6:30am
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To continue the theme of low priced, forgiving brew methods. An electric kettle and an Aeropress works well. It has become my favorite way to brew when an espresso machine is not available. It is quick to setup, the longest thing about the process is waiting for 16 oz of water to heat up. A grinder and fresh beans are mandatory too don't forget.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 6:56am
Subject: Re: What coffee machine would work best for a semi truck?
 

For price, quality, simplicity, portability and durability since it's all gonna be in a truck I'd get yourself a pourover setup.

Bonavita Kettle
Hario Plastic Dripper
Hario Skerton
Filters

If you don't want a manual grinder get a Brartza Encore.

The Skerton is great and has enough capacity for grinding for a few drinks.  I'd stay away from anything that stands up and can fall of you hit the brakes on the road.  A drip setup can be stored somewhere easily. A drip setup like this will give you awesome tasting coffee!  All of it won;t cost more than $110 unless you get the Encore over the Skerton.
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 7:12am
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I think the Impress coffee brewer is terrific. Then you need a grinder and buy some good fresh roasted coffees from one of the on-line roasters. Metropolis, Paradise, Klatch, etc. it'll make your driving a lot more fun. Oh, and don't forget to stay on the right side of the road.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 7:27am
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RichardCoffee Said:

I think the Impress coffee brewer is terrific.

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Very cool!  I wanna try one of these.
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 1:58pm
Subject: Re: What coffee machine would work best for a semi truck?
 

During the Kickstarter introduction I was considering the Impress as well, but the cost ,landed in Canada, was way too much. I bought the GSI Commuter Java Press for less than a third of the cost.

It appears that the Impress design was copied from the GSI Commuter Java Press since it was being sold for some time before the Impress Kickstarter introduction. The stainless steel of the Impress is nice, but the food grade, BPA free plastic of the GSI seems similar in quality to the Aeropress.

I just received my GSI press and was blown away by the first cup. By comparison the second cup was a disappointment. It's going to take some time to learn how to get the best out of it more consistently.
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