There are a number of things to consider when deciding how you’ll make coffee in your boat’s galley. No one system is right for everyone.
The only method that I don’t recommend is trying to use a 12 volt coffeemaker. Everyone I’ve ever known who has tried one, and every review I’ve ever read, says that they take way too long to brew a pot of coffee. One friend said that when she switched from a 12 volt to a 110 volt coffeemaker with an inverter, she actually used less power since it went so much more quickly.
Considerations in Making Boat Coffee
How long are you going to want to keep your coffee hot? Will you have a cup or two in the morning and that’s it, or will you want to have another cup hours later, perhaps in the middle of a watch?
How Do Various Boat Coffee Systems Stack Up?
There is no one method of making boat coffee that’s right for everyone. In the following articles, I discuss how nine systems stack up on each of these considerations, and show recommended models for a boat galley.
No Electricity Needed:
One safety issue: with any of the stovetop methods, you really need a gimbaled stove and pot restraints to boil water if the boat is moving at all – the dangers of a pot of boiling water tipping or sloshing are just too great. And for the same reason, I prefer to use a tea kettle instead of a saucepan – water doesn’t slosh and it’s easier to pour accurately.
- Electric Percolator
- Electric Drip Coffee Maker with glass pot
- Electric Drip Coffee Maker with stainless carafe
- Keurig Brewers
Espresso drinker? I’m not, but several readers are. Check out the espresso makers they like!