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12 Volt Car Coffee Making Systems

jackie | Aug 24, 2006 04:15 PM

I’m trying to put together the ultimate car camping coffee system for times when I can’t use my campstove. I’m looking at 12 volt coffee and espresso makers, and 12 volt immersion heaters to use with my usual drip filter system. I’m also rethinking my milk situation.

Has anyone tried the Velox 12 volt Coffeebreak espresso maker? It looks cool, but seems to be made of plastic. I’m worried the serving won’t be enough for two people.

I didn’t like any of the makers with a glass carafe, because, well, I’m camping and they’re breakable. Any experiences with the RoadPro system that brews into a stainless steel mug?

I’m leaning towards a 12 volt immersion heater, to boil water and then use my drip cone directly into mugs. Compact, cheap, straightforward. One web poster said they can take 20 minutes to boil water, though. Any experiences with these?

OK, lastly, the milk. I like clean camping, and a carton of 1/2 and 1/2 in the cooler with a dubious ice situation gets gross. I’ve found tiny little 3.6 oz cans of La Lechera sweetened condensed milk with pull tops, and also Nestle Nido dry whole milk as options. Any opinions on these?

Anyone else out there obsess over this little ritual?

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