Electric Drip Coffee Maker

Ashore, practically everyone is familiar with the electric drip coffee maker (aka “Mr. Coffee”).  Wondering if you can use one on board?  Well, plenty of people do — but be aware of the demands on your electrical system and make sure your inverter is sufficient.

Drip CoffeemakerA basic drip coffee maker can be had for $20 or less for smaller sizes.  Programmable ones cost more, but are useful only if you’re in a marina with shore power so that you can leave it plugged in. And if you’re thinking about getting an electric drip coffeemaker and intend to use it on an inverter or 1000 watt generator, make sure to check the specs on the electrical draw.  Read more about inverters here.

They’re easy to operate and you can get the filters in most towns of any size (in a pinch, use a paper towel or a piece of cotton cloth).  Stowage, both in terms of protecting the glass pot and the overall space required, the possible glass breakage, and the electricity required are the down sides.

More details:

Pros:  Can wedge it in the sink, start it and forget it, inexpensive (some models)

Cons:  Electricity required (800 watts or more), glass pot, stowage space, need separate Thermos to keep hot

Keeping it hot:  Need a separate Thermos or have enough electricity to keep it plugged in

Cost:  $20 plus the cost of a Thermos if desired

My choices for an electric drip coffee maker system from Amazon.com:

Enjoy — and for the best cup of coffee, think about grinding your coffee fresh!

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  • Ray
    Posted at 11 June 2015 Reply

    Great article Pampered Chef used to have a great carafe that would keep coffee hot for 12hrs. They don’t carry it anymore and don’t know why but If you find one buy it they are hard to find and worth the money.

  • Susan Parker
    Posted at 26 January 2017 Reply

    I can’t function without my coffee. I use a Black & Decker which has a thermal carafe. They don’t make them any more so every time I find one in a thrift store, I buy it. I keep two on the boat now because our only coffee maker broke once and I had no backup. I also keep a Melita as a back up to the back up–just in case!

  • Judy McHan
    Posted at 26 January 2017 Reply

    How many watts do you think one of those Keurig’s uses?

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