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The Best Small Coffee Makers for RVs

“Coffee is vital in our morning routine.  We use an REI marine-grade french press coffee pot.  Sometimes we use the french press method, but other times we use a cone filter and GSI collapsible cone.  Either way, the pot keeps the coffee hot enough for us until we get our required caffeine dosage.  This no electricity methodology works great and makes excellent coffee.” – David Neumann

I use a stainless steel drip pot and a Melitta drip coffee filter.  For coffee I use a quality French Roast, with a ratio of one scoop per cup.  I make sure to let the water come off a boil lest I burn the coffee.  That seems to get the old heart going.” – Al Stebbins

“What we do is use a Coleman coffee maker that sits right on top of the three burner kitchen stove.  Just add the filter, coffee and water and turn the stove front LP burner on high.  In minutes the coffee is ready.  It has never failed us no matter where we were.  Plus an added benefit for those up north or in high country, the stoves top burner also heats the camper a little while it is on.” – Tom Bender, Wisconsin

Coffee-Maker-billyardI have attached a picture of our COJ maker.  It is a Hamilton Beach Brew Station six cup coffee maker, model number 48274, which we bought two years ago.  It gives us two of the large thermal cups of coffee.  We use disposable paper coffee filters which makes it very easy to clean up.  It fits very nicely in one half of our sink for travel.” – Bill and Sue Billyard

“Keith and I decided to use a French Press for our favorite morning beverage.  We pre-ground out our favorite french roast beans and put about a cup in each of many vacuum sealed packs or zip-loc bags.  All we had to do was boil water on the stove, pour it over the coffee, and wait a few minutes to brew.  We fashioned a “cozy” out of a chamois cloth to keep it warm.  Then we pour and enjoy.  Ahhh…the morning on the road and in the wilderness.” – Nancy Rivers

“When we first got our truck camper this was one of my first concerns!  I have a one serving drip coffee maker from Brookstone that works great as long as we have some electricity.  When we’re off the grid I switch to tea as I can boil water on the stove.  I look forward every trip to sitting by the window with a steaming hot cup enjoying the outdoors!” – Bonnie Belza, 2005 S&S Ponderosa 9.5

“We use a Melitta one cup with a replaceable filter and grind our own coffee, you can make your own personal cup anyway you want.  We have been doing this for years, for the eco-sensitive you can buy a washable screen filter for it also.” – R.D. (Bob) Ritchie

Coffee-Maker-hubbs“I usually pack along my Keurig single cup coffee maker.  It’s small, takes up little room and makes a great COJ.” – Bob Hubbs, 2010 Palomino Maverick M8801, 2002 Dodge 2500 4×4

“I always make my coffee the night before.  I have a 12 cup stainless steel coffee pot from Cabela’s.  I always make my coffee outside on my Coleman stove (I have never used my stove or oven in my camper/2008 Arctic Fox).  When I get up in the morning all I have to do is warm it up.  Of course I pour a portion of the coffee in a good Thermos before going to bed.  That way I have a hot cup ready to go while I warm up the pot.  I have also been known to add a touch of Bailey’s every now and then!” – Sue S.  Michigan

I use a Coleman Camping Coffeemaker.  It served double duty the first morning at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba.  After setting up for the evening I realized my battery was dying fast, which meant no blower on furnace.  Extra blankets saw us through the night but making coffee on the stove warmed the camper in the morning.” – John Goins

“We go camping with a group.  I’m the designated one up to make coffee for the group.  I make it strong.  I usually make a second pot too.” – David O’Brien, California

“How do you make coffee?  Boil enough water on the stove for both a French Press coffee maker and for washing dishes.  Killing two birds with one stone as they say.” – Rob

“We just use a simple electric drip coffee maker if we have power hook-ups.  If there is not power available, we use a Coleman drip coffee maker that sits over the stove burner.  My wife and I have one deal on camping.  I do the dishes and I make the coffee in the morning and serve her the coffee in bed.” – Rich Bain, the TC life

“We have been truck campers since the early 1980s.  We have always taken along a coffee maker, usually the small four cup type.  For Christmas we were given a mini Keurig coffee maker.  It has spoiled us!  Being able to brew what kind you want, when you want to.  Pure heaven.  And when we’re not camping, it’s in our bedroom for relaxing weekends.  Smooth roads.” – Nancy and Larry Caldwell, 2004 Lance 915 / 2006 Ford F350 King Ranch


“Here’s my preferred method and gack for that all important waking ritual.  I’ve been doing it this way for several decades.  The grinder runs off a small inverter and I have a manual backup so as not ever to be deprived of fresh ground bean.” – Larry Bluhm

“I spend a month in Idaho every year and at  times am getting up at 0400.  Ever try to see anything at that hour much less measure coffee grounds and water?  Before I go to bed I prepare my percolator coffee pot with grounds and water, while I can still keep my eyes open.  The next morning as I crawl out of bed I reach over and ignite the stove burner under the coffee pot.  In a few minutes the coffee is percolating and my camper morning chill is being reduced by the burner heat and the camper takes on the aroma of fresh brewing coffee.

The key to good percolator coffee is letting it perc for at least five minutes, let the grounds settle for a couple of minutes before pouring the first cup.  With my first cup I also fill my thermos to keep the coffee warm rather than using a stove burner to re-heat the coffee.  Nothing like a cup of fresh brewed coffee in the morning.” – Steve Cilenti, California

“Coffee does not get much more simpler than a six cup percolator, either inside or on a Coleman stove.  I bring the water to a roaring boil first, turn it down and then place the the strainer with filter and grounds inside the pot and rapidly simmer it, just enough to perc the water, for about five minutes.  Serve hot with plenty of Bailey’s!” – Frank


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