Nothing gets your through a repair, a woodworking project, or a construction job like a strong cup of joe. But it's far from ideal to have to wash off all the grime just to go inside to top off your cup. Nor is it a good plan to bring a breakable glass carafe into the shop.
Not to worry: There are a growing number of coffee makers that are built rugged to survive in a place full of sawdust and power tools.
Our favorite method of brewing up a cup in the workshop. The Makita will plug into the wall and run on standard 120-volt power, but what's especially cool is that the little appliance will run on the same 18-volt battery that runs your Makita power tools.
We were skeptical of the Coffeeboxx when we first saw it, but it brews a decent cup. Its rugged industrial design is excellent and its setup is ideal for quickly brewing several cups in a row, especially different types of coffee. Unlike the Makita, it takes pods and requires 120-volt power. But this is a great appliance that has radically improved the state of garage coffee everywhere.
We’ve used this Keurig in more out-of-the-way locations than any other garage coffee maker, including a truly grimy shop that rebuilt starters and alternators. It worked, and it made a good, strong cup. This little workhorse maker has a five-cup reservoir, and if you slide out the overfill tray, it can fit a tall travel mug.
(If you’re like us and you detest having to buy precious little coffee pods, your best bet is to buy a to fit a Keurig.)
Another good alternative for the shop is to make some hot water with a kettle you're not afraid to beat up and use . It's a smart idea, especially if you’re sharing your work space with a tea drinker. And if you brew the heck out of the bag, you get a good, strong cup.