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Old 10-12-2020, 08:46 AM   #1
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Coffee maker thoughts

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We traded in our Lance and ordered a 2021 Classic RBQ to be delivered in May/June 21. It was a tough decision between the Classic and the International. Anyway, we’re making a new list of items from the posts n the forum threads. We had enough room for a Cuisinart Grind & Brew in the Lance, are there any thoughts on other coffee makers based on storage, water consumption, and waste? I’m already thinking of pulling out the mini-grinder and the camp stove percolator. I don’t think we want to deal with k-cups, they’re compact but then you’re options are limited and you’re tossing plastic cups away.

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We use real beans
Breville grinder
Melita french press

Fresh, not pre ground is the best taste
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Ah coffee. Was one of the first things I figured out for the Airstream.

When plugged in—tiny Nespresso machine.

When not plugged in, which is most of the time, a V60 pourover. Kettle can be used for other things (tea, hot chocolate, ramen cups, etc.). I pick up beans at roasters and cafes here and there as I travel, have them ground there, and keep them in a metal vacuum bean container. Great way to taste the country. I have a tiny hand crank grinder (used twice) and some Starbucks VIA packets (in case of emergency ).

I make the pourover directly into a vacuum mug or, if it’s not just me, into a little vacuum carafe that’s enough for 1.5 mugs each for me and the wife to enjoy through breakfast.

I’d leave the nespresso machine at home but every time I use it I think to myself what an awesome thing to be able to bring “camping”. In my backpacking days I’d bring a camping stove espresso machine (one of those Bialetti things)—was my weight splurge.

This all tucks into the left upper cabinet above the stove in my 27’ with room to spare. Very happy with it. Actually, my Airstream is parked in a field at our farm (where we live currently) and I often go out there to make coffee and watch the sunrise.
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:21 AM   #4
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I had forgotten about Melita coffee makers. We have a 6 cup expresso maker in the cabinet. I really want to stick to grounds and beans simply because they taste better and are more cost efficient. I know there’s a water consumption issue with cleaning; it’s minimal depending on the machine.
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Ah coffee. Was one of the first things I figured out for the Airstream.

When plugged in—tiny Nespresso machine.

When not plugged in, which is most of the time, a V60 pourover. Kettle can be used for other things (tea, hot chocolate, ramen cups, etc.). I pick up beans at roasters and cafes here and there as I travel, have them ground there, and keep them in a metal vacuum bean container. Great way to taste the country. I have a tiny hand crank grinder (used twice) and some Starbucks VIA packets (in case of emergency ).

I make the pourover directly into a vacuum mug or, if it’s not just me, into a little vacuum carafe that’s enough for 1.5 mugs each for me and the wife to enjoy through breakfast.

I’d leave the nespresso machine at home but every time I use it I think to myself what an awesome thing to be able to bring “camping”. In my backpacking days I’d bring a camping stove espresso machine (one of those Bialetti things)—was my weight splurge.

This all tucks into the left upper cabinet above the stove in my 27’ with room to spare. Very happy with it. Actually, my Airstream is parked in a field at our farm (where we live currently) and I often go out there to make coffee and watch the sunrise.


90 percent of coffee beans are imported from other countries, chances are they are available in most of the US states.
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:35 AM   #6
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Ahhh yes,

Coffee.

1. Buy Green Beans from a reputable source.

2. Buy this manual coffee bean roaster from Amazon. Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Roaster.

3. Get an Aeropress plunger coffee maker

4. Get a good burr grinder like a javapress

5. Roast the beans the night before. Enlighten the campground with the aroma of a fresh roast.

6. Store overnight for at least 12 hours

7. In the morning, grind and pour.
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We use real beans
Breville grinder
Melita french press

Fresh, not pre ground is the best taste


Same solution except pour through
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90 percent of coffee beans are imported from other countries, chances are they are available in most of the US states.
Not entirely sure what you mean. I like picking up different roasts from different roasters (including friends). It’s pretty common knowledge that pretty much all coffee comes from elsewhere...
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We went the percolator route, partially for nostalgia. Initially used pre-ground coffee which was always too fine a grind and thus terrible. Then bought a hand grinder with a perc grind and now with some practice, it works pretty well.
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I bought this “Hamilton Beach The Scoop“ one cup coffee maker a couple of months ago, and love it.

A cup at a time, no little pods or plastic cups, just use your own coffee.

I have it for my house, but it would go nicely in an Airstream.

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Chemex with fresh ground.👍
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Old 10-12-2020, 11:07 AM   #12
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We always have electric service, so no issues with power consumption. The Phillips 1200 Carina has been a great machine for us. It stays under the bed while traveling and in the 27FB there is plenty of counter space. It has spoiled us.
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Old 10-12-2020, 11:12 AM   #13
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I have a 4 cup Cuisinart electric.
Nothing fancy, no timer, one button.
Keep in mind a "cup" to a coffee maker is 4 oz.
So my pot makes one big cup for me.
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Get a burger grinder not one with a blade
Fresh ground coffee has the volatile oils that produce the great taste and smell
This oil dissipates in hours, thus pre ground and pod based coffee lacks this key element
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We have grown quite fond of the Bialetti Moka Express. This thing makes European-type morning "espresso". This percolator-type device makes dark, strong brew from freshly-ground beans. It tends to bring out all the nuance of espresso without all the bitterness of a French press.

If it's a bit too strong for some, cutting it with a splash of hot water in the coffee mug helps. We like this one so much that we more often than not use one at home every morning too.
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sorry, off the subject: you cook bacon inside? the fan in the hood work that well to prevent any strong bacon smell? Don't get me wrong, I love bacon but hate the aftersmell hours after cooking bacon. I cook whole package of bacon at once on a griddle outside, then next morning I use leftover bacon to mix with scrabbled eggs on stove inside which produced no smell. I am afraid to try to cook bacon alone inside. I have this curse with high sense of smell to compensate for losing my sense of hearing. I smell anything before a person with normal sense of smell. a curse or blessing, you tell me..
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Chemex pour over
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Grind beans from Black Powder Coffee - Mooresville, NC. Best coffee we have tasted.

After using this in our RV we use this method at home
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Old 10-12-2020, 12:31 PM   #18
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We use real beans
Breville grinder
Melita french press

Fresh, not pre ground is the best taste
Agree with the french press, if you dont have more than 2 people to make coffee for. It stores easily with your cups & glasses (so can a small bean grinder) instead of taking up valuable counter space, you can bring it outside if you're sitting outside drinking coffee (and/or camping if you go off in a tent somewhere), and there's just less stuff to deal with, fewer parts to clean, less trash. I gave away my super expensive coffee maker in favor of a $12 french press & havent looked back. Happy beaning!
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+1 chemex, hand grind local beans, stove top kettle to heat water = zero electrical use. We do have an electric kettle when we are hooked up.
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We are doing a small french press and a manual hand grinder. I get a workout and some coffee too!

Start with espresso beans and grind them to a course finish and into the french press. Boil up some water and away you go. Takes all of 10 minutes start to finish. Everything stores away when not in use.
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