Keurig Coffee-Maker In Truck?

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by delta5, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. delta5

    delta5 Road Train Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    Anyone using a Keurig coffee-maker in their truck here? My Tri-Pack has a monster inverter, so I am considering either the $79 Mr Coffee Keurig machine, or the $99 Keurig machine. They are both the right size for the truck. They are more expensive than a cheap 12v brewer, but you dont have to worry about grounds, or cleaning the basket and pot. Just add water and stick a coffee cartridge in.
  2. Pfuse

    Pfuse Light Load Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    La Crosse, WI
    I love mine. I have the smaller one. It is more expensive, but it brews better coffee, brews it faster, and is generally easier to deal with.

    Mine is plugged into my generator so I can't comment on power consumption.
  3. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    I'm turned away from the higher cost of their coffee. But the convenience is nice. Especially for a trucker.

    I had a one cup with the pods and even a pod maker. But it was more of a hassle making the pods. It's in the closet now.

    I recently bought just a regular little GE coffee maker that makes about 24oz at a time. It has one of them reuasable filters. I like that I don't waste any coffee now, or pay higher prices or have to make pods. Just right!

    All coffeemakers draw alot of juice because of the heating element. You better have a bigger inverter. Mine wouldn't work off a 1000 watt, but it did with the 2500 watt.
  4. al_huryn

    al_huryn Medium Load Member

    Apr 19, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    I have one from black and decker I got from buy dot com for $15. Works like a charm w 1500 watt inverter.
  5. jgremlin

    jgremlin Heavy Load Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    SW Michigan
    Disclaimer: I am not a coffee drinker, nor am I an OTR driver.

    That being said, I bought my wife a Keurig unit for the kitchen a few years ago. And one thing about the unit that OTR drivers might want to keep in mind is that its more or less impossible to get all the water out of the internal plumbing of the unit. This will potentially become a problem if you ever park the truck in cold climates. We discovered this when we moved to Michigan in the middle of winter and our Keurig was loaded in the back of a truck for the move along with the rest of our possessions.

    If you happen to park the truck in cold weather, i.e. actually park it such as for home time or having MX done, the water inside the coffee maker will freeze. When that happens, the internal plumbing can be damaged. And if that happens, your expensive coffee maker becomes an expensive paper weight. So take it out the truck if you're going to park it in freezing temps.
  6. Cow A Bella

    Cow A Bella Bobtail Member

    Jan 29, 2012
    I have the Keurig Mini in the truck. It doesn't hold water because it doesn't have an external reservoir. You use just the amount of water you need for one cup. With that being said, I have to use 2 K-cups to make my one cup of coffee a day. My cup is about 14 oz. and I like my coffee strong. If you buy your coffee from a truckstop, the cost of that nastiness is very nearly the same as what I pay for K-cups and the quality of the coffee is so much better with the Keurig. This Christmas, at least 3 other teams that I know bought Keurigs plus we bought one as a gift for our company's office!
    Pfuse Thanks this.
  7. KenworthGuyNH

    KenworthGuyNH Road Train Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Central, NH
    I wanted to use a Keurig Mini. The problem with them is the 10 oz max size; I like bigger mugs and they wont fit under the spout. You have to brew twice and transfer to the "big cup" LOL SO I decided against one in the truck............for now!
  8. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
  9. Matti_M80

    Matti_M80 Light Load Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    I'm just going out on my 2nd tour of duty in my new truck and I'm debating on a k-cup or a $15 b&d unit. I've also got a monster inverter so power isn't an issue. I figured considering the price of daily refills at truck stops vs your own machine, a K-cup will take like 2 months to pay for itself (the unit, never mind the cups), while a regular pot won't take 2 weeks to do so.

    While I love the variety and taste of the k-cup machines, I'm leaning towards a regular pot- its not that much of an inconvenience to justify the added expense.
  10. Hardlyevr

    Hardlyevr Road Train Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    You may have a monster inverter, but if you have a TriPac APU the alternator is only 65 amps, and even though it may be running, you willl be dragging down the batteries while using anything more than a couple hundred watts. I start my main engine to run my 700W microwave because of this.
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