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Old 26-02-2011, 19:31   #1
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12vdc Coffee Maker

For the better part of 18 months we used a Cusinart 12 vdc coffee maker for our daily brew and caffeine fix.

Then we installed our new MasterVolt battery charger. Shortly there after the coffee maker died. I don'tknow if the 2 events are related.


There is no fuse to replace and no way to disassemble to inspect the circuitry of the coffee maker.

So we took the coffee maker back to West Marine, where we purchased it, and asked for a replacement. We obtained a replacement with no problems.

So tonight, following the directions that came in the box, I ran a pot of water through the new 12 vdc unit, or at least tried to.

The unit die after a cup or so.

All other 12 vdc appliances, lights, pumps etc. continue to work without a problem. The breaker is fine and the 'cig' outlet is working fine.

I am just wondering if any other Cruisers have had this issue with the Cusinart 12 vdc coffee maker. Is the circuitry just cheap and nonrobust?

I don't know what else to think.

Taking it back to West Marine. Guess we'll move to perk or french press?

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Old 26-02-2011, 19:35   #2
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Re: 12 vdc Coffee Maker

Jeff, check the plug for a fuse ( I cannot believe there is no fuse in the line)sometimes the plug metal end unscrews and the fuse is in there, However I am wondering as a Coffee nut why arent you using a french press?
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Re: 12 vdc Coffee Maker

I had a 12v coffee maker that I got at a truck stop but it wasn't very good. Truck stops have a lot of 12v DC stuff. Now I usually use a Melitta filter holder that sits on top of the cup, works great. I also have a French press, a stove top espresso pot, and a Turkish coffee pot, and a tiny backpacker's coffee filter screen, none of which use electricity but all are harder to wash than the Melitta thing.
I also use a Turkish hand coffee grinder that I got on ebay, shipped straight from Istanbul. I love it.
I think maybe I have a coffee problem.
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Old 26-02-2011, 20:17   #4
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Re: 12 vdc Coffee Maker

French Press, preferably stainless (I have 2), wash? never...rinse only. Same pot for 8 years, I've only had to weld on a plunger handle...low maintenance. Hate to say it, it was from Starbucks, newer ones aren't the same.
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Old 26-02-2011, 21:44   #5
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Re: 12 vdc Coffee Maker

Big fan of the percolator into a nissan thermos mug.

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Old 26-02-2011, 21:57   #6
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Re: 12 vdc Coffee Maker

A long time ago I bought a 12 volt drip coffee maker. It took forever and the coffee wasn't very good. It was either trashed or gotten rid of at a garage sale. Now it is either a percolator on the gas range or better yet, a french press. The one we have is stainless steel and insulated. Our only problem is deciding whether to keep it on the boat or at home. I suspect we will buy another and solve the problem.

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edit: the one we have is not, definitely not, cheap but it should last a lifetime. Here is the amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Frieling-Ultim...8782682&sr=8-8
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Old 26-02-2011, 22:25   #7
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I think maybe I have a coffee problem.
Get some perspective, man.

You have a boat problem. Coffee helps you deal with that.
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Starbucks have a great new one , instead of stainless frame ,it is protected in a plastic frame therefore more robust and wont break easily. Its a genuine Bodum
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Fuse?

There may be a fuse in the "cigarette lighter" plug.

My opinion: There's nothing quite as simple or as good as Aeropress. I did have to buy a stainless campers mug to warm the coffee over the stove though.
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Re: 12 vdc Coffee Maker

I also wonder if the wiring to the cigarette socket is up to the job or even the socket itself. Do these things heat water and therefore take lots of amps? could be the wiring isn't up to it. Had a similar problem with a Waeco portable CF18 fridge, wiring wasn't large enough to pass the current. Replaced wire and cigarette socket and all sorted.

We don't have a posh coffee maker, this side of the pond coffee comes in a glass jar and is made quickly in a mug. However, making tea, well now that is a proper ceremony.

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There may be a fuse in the "cigarette lighter" plug.

My opinion: There's nothing quite as simple or as good as Aeropress. I did have to buy a stainless campers mug to warm the coffee over the stove though.
I agree with you on the Aeropress! Good coffee and very easy cleanup!
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Re: 12 vdc Coffee Maker

Not to drift but we use a percolator and a coleman stove in the cockpit. Its quiet, doesn't drain batts, doesn't need the genny and the percolator makes the BEST coffee. So much so that at home we stopped using our cone filter drip coffee maker and bought a large stove top percolator. ahhhhh, good to the last drop (no, not Maxwellhouse, not Ricardo: Starbucks).
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French Press for my coffee (when not instant GB) and also great for my Green Tea with Cardamoms, chilli powder and sugar....
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Green tea too? Good to know. Everyone is forgetting the thermos by the companionway to keep what you made hot all day long.
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Re: 12vdc Coffee Maker

For the boat I go with a French Press it just makes a decent cup of real coffee. Propane boils water real fast one large mug at a time. They make them in large and small for company. The cheap plastic ones work just as well.
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