You need a decent cup of coffee in the shop. I like some good, strong, fresh joe any time, but especially when I’m puttering in the garage or working on a project. The small luxuries in life make a big difference sometimes.
The thing is, I don’t want to station a typical coffeemaker anywhere I'm going to be doing serious work. I know I’d break that dainty carafe sooner or later, probably by bumping it with a piece of lumber.
Fortunately, I’ve found the ideal solution: the that's at home in a workshop.
I’ve been using this coffee machine for the last year and I think it may be the perfect appliance. It runs on an 18-volt Makita battery or a cord that can plug it into any 120-volt outlet. It’s a rugged, no-fuss way to stay caffeinated.
The Makita's slide-out grounds basket takes any normal ground coffee (this is an everyman coffeemaker—no need for fancy fru-fru coffee that’s ground to the consistency of powder). Buy any good-quality ground coffee that comes in a can and scoop it into the grounds basket. Makita thoughtfully included a scoop for you to use. Pour in a cup’s worth of water. Hit the On button. In a couple of minutes, it heats and pumps through steaming hot water and then shuts off. You’re left with a good, fresh, hot cup.
If you use a single 18-volt Makita battery, the process takes a little longer. Makita says seven minutes to brew by battery. I’ve found it faster, but that’s Makita. It always under-promises and over-delivers.
Note: The model linked above doesn't come with a Makita battery and charger, so if you want to use the coffeemaker without plugging it in, you'll need to already own one or buy one. But hey that’s also a good excuse to buy a Makita cordless drill or other power tool that shares the same battery system.