How to make fresh coffee when you find yourself without mains power?
Perhaps on a building site or on a picnic, or anywhere without mains power?
There are various hand pump devices available (like this Hand-pump espresso portable coffee machine from Amazon), but they don’t usually heat up the water. You’ll have to take a flask of hot water with you – you might as well just take a flask of coffee to start with!
But here’s a brilliant device from Makita – a well know name in the professional tools sector. It’s so simple yet brilliant – a coffee machine that uses a standard Makita tool battery pack. It even comes with a Makita-branded aluminium coffee mug and other accessories.
It is a filter machine, but no filter papers are needed, it has a basket-type filter, or you can also use a coffee pod (one of the 60mm paper bag types).
It has a sturdy fold-away handle on the top – a nice toolbox look.
What batteries does it use?
This clever machine can use Makita 18v, 14.4V, or 10.8V-12V batteries. The machine itself comes without a battery but is has two battery slots to accommodate various Makita battery fitments. This clever 2-slot design makes the machine available for users with different battery voltages.
How long does a brew take?
With the 18V battery, it takes approximately 5 minutes for a brew. As you might expect, it takes a little longer when using the the lower voltage batteries.
Where can I get one?
They are not as widely available as domestic coffee machines, but we spotted then for sale on Amazon from around £82 – £98.