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« on: March 12, 2011, 08:18:08 PM »

Two days ago, I was on a commercial airline flight.  Strapped into my seat, sardine-style, there was little to do and I was looking around the cabin. For some reason, I took special notice of the coffee maker in the galley.  I got to thinking about our favorite hobby, and what an interesting fit this style of coffee maker might be. Designed to brew coffee through all types of bumps and turbulance, without spilling a drop.   

I admit, airline coffee isn't exactly top notch, but I have to believe that the right ground coffee beans and pure water would raise this to acceptable levels. Plus, the thought of brewing a pot securely while on the road, has it's merits. Being a commercial aircraft part, I'm guessing new ones are probably quite expensive. Biut it might be the type of thing that might be found on an auction site.

So, anyone ever installed (or considered) these? Wonder how they obtain their water. Power requirements, etc.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2011, 08:26:30 PM »

Do you mean like this?

http://www.sell-interiors.com/galley-oven-coffee-beverage/coffee-makers.html
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2011, 08:44:15 PM »



2.75kW (115v/200v,  400Hz,                   3 phase)
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2011, 08:55:37 PM »

We use a Mr. Coffee while running down the road all the time. Never lost a coffee pot off the counter in over 100,000 miles. We also crock pot while traveling.
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2011, 04:39:16 AM »

We use a Keurig coffee maker. The coffee comes in small pre-measured containers and is dispensed into a coffee cup in less than one minute. The beautiful thing about this system is that Jan likes "Hazelnut" coffee and  I prefer the "Black Magic" coffee. Simply lift the lid plop in a new coffee container and press the make coffee button in less than a minute any flavor you want is in your cup and the next cup and flavor never carries the last flavor with it.

The water to use that day is stored in a container on the coffee machine so it is always fresh and doesn't have to be hooked to anything.

The machine is about a hundred bucks.

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P.S. Keurig offers more than a hundred flavors of coffee from around the world, plus tea and hot chocolate so we keep several flavors on hand all the time so we can supply guests with the beverage of their choosing.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2011, 06:13:00 AM »

I use a knock off Mr. Coffee maker and any left overs stay in the pot and is placed in the sink while driving. Not many times this happens as we kill the coffee, and stop an hour later to get rid of same.

We have looked at many others, but this works for me. As for the delectable choices of coffee out there, I guess I do not have an appreciation for those. Actually working in Paris, Tx. & I was accused of being a "Louisanna Oil Man", A little tooo strong in the AM. They never let me make the coffee again..
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2011, 09:08:19 AM »

We use a Keurig coffee maker. The coffee comes in small pre-measured containers and is dispensed into a coffee cup in less than one minute. The beautiful thing about this system is that Jan likes "Hazelnut" coffee and  I prefer the "Black Magic" coffee. Simply lift the lid plop in a new coffee container and press the make coffee button in less than a minute any flavor you want is in your cup and the next cup and flavor never carries the last flavor with it.

The water to use that day is stored in a container on the coffee machine so it is always fresh and doesn't have to be hooked to anything.

The machine is about a hundred bucks.

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P.S. Keurig offers more than a hundred flavors of coffee from around the world, plus tea and hot chocolate so we keep several flavors on hand all the time so we can supply guests with the beverage of their choosing.

The ONLY way to drink coffee anymore..........
The "K-Cups" (coffee containing packs) are about $.50 each. You can find them on line for 1/4 that.....
Try the Caribou coffee. It's great!
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2011, 12:35:30 PM »

I have to say the keurig is the way to go also. A little more expensive that way, but, it is so nice to have a fresh brewed cup of coffee at any time. We mostly buy the Newmans own, good stuff. I see they now carry Folgers too. Need to try that. They also carry ice tea that you can make the same way. We buy the black, unsweetened kind. If you run it through twice, you can make two glasses of tea with one k cup. We bought one of the restaurant style makers. It hooks up to your water supply like an icemaker, and the water is always hot, and always full. We purchased it off of Ebay. It is the only way to come up with the professional ones. Just have to keep watching to get one. Before we got one of those, we used a regular pot and made it going down the road. Bonus for the keurig, every cup is fresh!
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2011, 11:15:32 PM »

I am such a caffeine freak I kept 4 espresso machines on my bus in case one went bad plus a stove top espresso maker & a press.

Gotta have my frappe's with 2-4 shots of espresso every morning

 
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2011, 06:37:54 AM »

Thanks for the feedback.  Yes Usbusin, the link you posted is similar to what I was thinking about. I actually came across the same webpage through one of my own google searches.  I  guess I'm intrigued with the way you can build it flush into the galley wall.

I'm a little fussy about the water I use to brew my coffee. I'm convinced it makes a big difference in the taste. A small in-line filter near the coffeemaker would be a real plus, although it adds another thing to deal with while winterizing.

I also need to check out the Keurig units mentioned. Thanks.
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2011, 07:27:45 AM »

I swear by my Senseo when combined with a "coffee duck" you can get on amazon so you can use your fav coffee instead of the disks they sell. Saves you a fortune and makes great coffee at the touch of a button. You can get them second hand on craigslist for about 20 bucks!
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2011, 08:12:48 AM »

Paul, Keurig has the same option. You can fill your own re-usable cups with what ever coffee you want. But, there are so many options for coffee now, it would be hard to not find a coffee you like. Also, you install a water filter in line to the coffee pot so the water is filtered. I am picky about the water also.
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2011, 09:20:47 AM »

We have one of these in the house.  I have never gone so far as to take it along in the bus but have thought about it.  It is just great.  At the push of a button, it grinds, brews, and steam froths the cream for my daily cappuccino.

http://www.delonghiusa.com/index.php?product&nid=43

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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2011, 04:41:54 PM »

WEC -

My dad used to brew his morning coffee in one of those old Pyrex glass percolators with the metal stand and basket in the middle, like the one pictured below.  "One teaspoon for every cup, and one for the pot" was his mantra.  So strong you could stand a spoon up in it, but oh, did it smell good!  (I still love the smell of brewing coffee, but cannot stand the taste of the stuff!)

Anyway, Dad would drink his coffee black, preferred it that way.  What always intrigued me, tho, was that sometimes he'd sprinkle just a tiny bit of salt (10 grains or so) into his cup, stir and taste.  Maybe a little more if necessary.

"Why salt, Dad?"

"Takes away the bitterness without adding sugar."

Hmmmm. . . True? 

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2011, 04:59:53 PM »

justin25taylor, where are you finding the Keurig pods for 1/4 the cost....I'd be real interested in that......the cheapest I've found is 42 cent a piece.
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2011, 06:15:37 PM »

RJ:

Growing up, my parents had the sister product to your Dad's glass Pyrex pot. It was the white Corning Wear pot that sat on the stove burner.  It had an internal basket and the perk top.  There was something fascinating about watching it as a kid.  ... and the aroma couldn't be beat.

There is just something about camping and coffee. (in a bus, or otherwise camping).  I camp with a Boy Scout troop, and there have been many rainy and cold weekends where I survived on coffee.  Seems I've had everything from really good to really bad coffee prepared in all sorts of ways.  On one trip, the guy that was supposed to bring the camp coffee pot, forgot it.  We had ground coffee, but no means to perk it.  We resorted to "cowboy coffee", dumping the grounds into water and boiling it over a fire. As a last step, we dumped two raw eggs into the pot. Most of the coffee grounds stuck to the blob of cooking egg, taking care of that problem.  Worked pretty well and honestly, I've had worse coffee in some restaurants.   
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2011, 06:31:28 PM »

I would like to know where to find them that cheap also!
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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2011, 04:39:38 PM »

RJ Any army cook can tell you that a little salt in the fresh brewed coffee will cut the bitterness.  Also egg shells will help settle the grounds on Camp Coffee or as you call it Cowboy Coffee.
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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2011, 06:30:35 PM »

Since this topic has bubbled back into view again, let me mention that I did go and do a little looking into the Keurig machines.  While in our local grocery store, I also noticed they carry the K-cups that have been mentioned. I was a bit surprised at the cost. In a particular brand of coffee (Green Mountain) a pack of 12 K-cups was the same price as a full one pound foil bag.... $7.96

Seems like you are paying an awful lot for the convenience.  I took a look at some other coffee brands, too. From the quick math I was cranking, for the cost of one individual K-cup serving, I can pretty much brew a 12 cup pot in a Mr. Coffee with the same brand. 

There was a comment made that they can be found cheaper on-line, but I guess you have to buy in bulk to offset shipping costs. Just seems like lone of those deals where they get you to buy the razor and soak you on the razor blades.
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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2011, 07:01:21 PM »

I still want to know where they can be found that cheap,  bulk or not. It is pricey, but, I love coffee, and I love a fresh cup whenever I want it. Pots of coffee get wasted, because no one wants it after it has set a while, so , It gets poured out.
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« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2011, 07:11:26 PM »

I have a two coffee machines, one http://www.nespresso.com/#/us/en uses a premeasured packet similar to the Keurig and a Jura http://www.jura-capresso.com/home_jura-capresso_x.htm uses whole coffee beans.

The Jura is good for cups of coffee, Americano style, and the Nespresso is good for Lattes and espressos. 

Since we make coffee by the cup we've never had a problem with spillage or spoilage.

The French press is another simple gadget that is good for the bus.

Remember, coffee is the most important meal of the day.

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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2011, 06:50:57 AM »

Sorry Gang,
I haven't been on the board in a few days. If it does not violate forum rules, I will post some links to the "Deal Sites" for Kurig K-cups soon as I get to my computer.

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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2011, 03:22:36 PM »

You can get the reusable cup for the Keurig and use whatever coffee brand that floats your boat, Community dark roast for me or Seaport.
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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2011, 09:32:47 AM »

Reading this thread has made me realize that i NEED a single cup Keurig style single cup  coffee maker. We drink LOTS of coffee and are happy with how we do it but this looks like you can get coffee just as good(or better) but with less wastage. Not to mention the selection.
So my first instinct was to go on Craigslist and buy the "cheapest" unit available.
But that sometimes is not the best criteria for selection so I thought I would ask on here who has a Keurig K-cup "style" coffee maker, what kind and why is it better or worse than other cheaper or more expensive units.

 My initial thoughts are that we would continue the coffee we use now (french press) but with the reusable basket available for the single cup brewers.
Your comments would be appreciated.

I should also mention that this is for home use, not the bus.

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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2011, 12:01:05 PM »

Hi Wayne,

I also am a fussy coffee drinker... lol  I tried a Kurig machine last year and I was not too happy with the coffee until I found

Dark Magic. All the other K cup coffee's are just too weak for me. I had to just except a change in how I brewed coffee. Shocked

I was also concerned about filtering my water so I returned my first Kurig and tried the platinum model. Link..

http://www.keurig.com/brewers/platinum-brewing-system

This unit has a replacable filter and temp settings as well as cup size. This thing is just too easy... I love it now!

I now have one in the bus and my office. Grin

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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2011, 02:15:48 PM »

Fred , granted the single size cups are a bit more expensive, and the economy is in the re-useable basket, but I found that the re-useable basket was not as strong as I like.

I also second that motion about dark magic. That is the flavor of all time, and is what got me hooked on this Keurig machine to begin with. I have tried it single serve and in the basket and I prefer single serve better.

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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2011, 07:11:12 PM »

Justin, please post link or pm it to me. We go thru a ton of k cups on the road with several coffee drinkers. Also, as far as a recommendation, we have the professional keuirig. Purchased it off of ebay. Yes, it is expensive, but worth it to us. Hook it up to water line with in line filter. Can select a 6 oz to 10 oz brew size. We also use it to make a glass of ice tea too. Oh, it also has a bin in the bottom that the k cups empty into, and when it is full, it tells you to empty it.
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« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2011, 06:59:37 AM »

Fred , granted the single size cups are a bit more expensive, and the economy is in the re-useable basket, but I found that the re-useable basket was not as strong as I like.

Coffee from a pre-ground can will always be weaker...
Buy the strong coffee of your choice in whole bean, grind the coffee yourself and grind it as fine as possible and the coffee will be a lot stronger.

I have an under cabinet mounted coffee maker and coffee can be made as we drive down the road without any spills....
(drinking the coffee as we are on the road proves to be much more of a challenge for some)




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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2011, 09:20:12 AM »

Since this thread has continued for a while, I just wanted to again suggest looking at Delonghi automatic machines.  I realize that some may have thought that I was joking (heaven forbid) when I posted the link to a $1500. coffee machine, but we seriously do have one.  I did not actually go out and buy it myself, but encouraged the kids to chip in together to get is for Mom's birthday some 3-4 years ago.  My share was a mere $300.  It really can be gotten for less then $1000.  Now, if the automatic milk steaming and foaming are not of interest, there are even cheaper ones.

Aside from the perfect cup of coffee from fresh ground beans every time, we as busnuts, meaning aficionados of mechanical things, can get to enjoy this wonderfully engineered machine going through its paces with each cup of coffee.  It may be true that this a ridiculous amount of money to spend for coffee, but on the other hand, we have all spent ridiculous amounts on money on things that gives us less pleasure.  I must say, even though we have used the machine for years, I still feel happy just turning it on.
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