Coffee In The Wild
While I am not as much of a coffee-addict as my wife is, I certainly like having a cup in the morning. Drinking something warm and energizing while watching the sun come up over the mountains has become a big part of our morning ritual ever since we started traveling full-time in our travel trailer. When we lived in an apartment, we had a Tassimo coffee maker. The Tassimo worked great, but we decided it would take up too much space in the RV. Making space for coffee is important, but the smaller the coffeemaker, the better.
We also realized how much cheaper it is to make coffee on your own instead of with discs/single-serve cups, so we went out to search for a small coffeemaker that we could easily move around and store in our camper. That’s when we found the Black+Decker 5-cup CM0700BZ.
If you want lots of bells and whistles, this isn’t the one, but if all you want is a cup of hot coffee in the morning, this one does a great job. It does have features like sneak-a-cup, permanent filter, lighted on/off switch, and a heated carafe plate. We don’t use the permanent filter but paper filters, and it works fine. If you want to use paper filters, the best fitting ones are the 8-12 cup round ones, like these. Remove the permanent filter if you’re using paper filters.
Brewing a cup or two is easy, fill the carafe with as much water you want, pour it into the water container on the coffeemaker, then put your ground coffee in the permanent filter or paper filter, shut the lid and turn it on. We use one scoop of coffee for each cup.
We have used the Black+Decker for about six months now, and since we haven’t had any issues at all and love how little space it takes up, it’s the coffeemaker we recommend for travelers. A coffeemaker this size would fit in the smallest campers, like cars and vans as well. It has its designated space in our trailer kitchen.
The downside with the Black+Decker CM0700BZ is the fact that the carafe is made out of glass. Since it’s small and thick, it can take a beating, but it’s something to think about. As long as you have a spot for it where it’s secure and won’t roll around when you’re driving down the road, you will be fine.
How much power (watts) does it use?
When you’re boondocking, every little watt counts. The setup we’re using right now consists of one Goal Zero Yeti 1000, and 400 watts of solar panels, including both portable and permanently installed panels. I have written a post at thecampingnerd.com about how we connect our Renogy panels to the Yeti 1000.
Now, how much energy does it take to run the Black+Decker coffeemaker? According to our Goal Zero Yeti, which shows both watt input and output, it starts out using 627 watts. This slowly decreases down to 600 watts toward the end of the brewing process. Since the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 can output up to 1500 watts, it runs the coffeemaker without any issues. A generator like the WEN 56125i would also run it without any issues as long as you’re not running other power-hungry gear at the same time.
One of the features of the Black+Decker CM0700BZ is the hot carafe plate that keeps the coffee warm. This plate uses 625 watts and cycles on and off if you don’t turn off the coffeemaker with the switch or unplug it.
Since it takes 8 minutes to brew four cups of coffee with the Black+Decker, we can estimate that it uses 47 watt-hours in total to brew four cups of hot coffee. You have to take into consideration that the inverter isn’t 100% efficient, and the Yeti isn’t 100% accurate, so take those numbers with a grain of salt.
No Power = No Coffee?
Sometimes you don’t have access to power, even if you have a solar setup or full hookups. For this reason, we also have a pour-over coffee cone brewer made by Melitta. Then we just need to boil some water in a kettle, pour one scoop of coffee into a filter sitting in the Melitta cone, and slowly pour the hot water over the ground coffee.
The Melitta cone is simple to use and there is an opening showing you the inside of the cup, so you will know how much coffee is in there at all times. We recommend it!
Our Favorite Ground Coffee
Jenni’s favorite coffee is the Swedish Zoega Skanerost. I like Zoega, but since I come from the same city as Gevalia, I have to recommend the Gevalia House Blend. You can find Gevalia in most grocery stores in the United States.