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A Tough New Portable Coffee Maker

Tough portable coffee maker
Make fresh coffee on the road

I like fresh coffee. Unfortunately, a sensitivity to caffeine means I am forced to be a “decaf man”.  Most coffee shops seem to think us decaf drinkers are either weird or degenerate and refuse to deliver a really good decaf. To say the least, getting a reliably good decaf coffee on the road has been difficult. Now a recent solution called the OXX has solved the problem for me.

I found this tough new portable coffeemaker called the Coffeeboxx at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco last year.  I liked them so much, I bought three. These machines are built tough and look like a toolbox or maybe an ice chest. They have a durable dirt and dent resistant exterior with a large carry handle. They sure don’t look like coffee makers.

The OXX plugs into any 110v outlet like the one in my job truck. If your vehicle lacks a 110v outlet, you can get and inverter. An inverter provides a 110v outlet that plugs into your cigaret lighter. The comes with a huge portable water canister making it fully self-contained. The canister will make at least seven 12 oz. coffees on one fill.

It uses the common K-cup coffee pods so you can get virtually any kind of coffee you like. As I mentioned I can never find a decent, full-bodied decaf out on the road. But the OXX makes it easy for me to brew one up in about 3 minutes. I just pop in a Peet’s dark roast decaf pod and push the button. The fold-down fill area holds my big Yeti cup perfectly. I keep plenty of regular coffee pods in my truck so I can share with my “normal” coffee drinking friends.

UPDATE as of 2/10/2010: Forget trying the reusable plastic coffee cartridges. Using an improper coffee grind in the cartridges can clog up the water lines causing the unit not to work.

If you like fresh coffee, whether it be regular or decaf, you will enjoy the convenience of having your favorite brew readily available any time you want with the OXX Coffeeboxx

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