|The Travl-Mate dual voltage Coffee Maker by Empire|
at home on the table in my Volkswagen Camper.
What makes them more flexible than the RoadPro, for example, is this percolator type coffee maker has two heating elements—one fro12-volt and one for 120-volt current.
It is more efficient on 120, taking only about 12 minutes to brew a full pot of coffee, while jusing 12-volt juice takes about 45 minutes.
Still it's a nice option to have when you are away from shore power or your inverter doesn't handle 435 watts.
How does it do this? The coffee maker comes with a 12-volt adapter that fits onto the end plug. This adapter feeds 12-volt power to a third line in the cord going to the 12-volt heat unit.
Sunday being a beautiful morning, sun saturating my solar panel, I decided to go 12-volt just for the fun of it. Sure, it took a little longer. But as they here in Truth or Consequences: Nothing To Do and All Day to Do It. So lets sit back and enjoy. Read. Surf the Net. Slowly, ever so slowly the little machine begins making little gurgling noises. A whiff or two now of steam. Then the almost sensuous pulse as percolation begins.
|Piping hot fresh 12-volt coffee.|
(A note about percolators. They work best with a coarser grind. Hard to find now except in stores that let you grind your own beans and set the grind.)
I've had a few inquiries lately about what living in a bus or a van is really like, and there has been much discussion of the subject among the folks at VanDwellers@yahoogroups.
To someone who has not done this I'm sure it seems romantic. Live in a van or a bus and escape the system, travel the open highways, see the sights, meet people.
Clouds over trees, Chinqua Penn, NC.
Photo by Patricia Madden
Even so there is food, entertainment, laundry etc. And maintenance and repairs.
To see the sunrises and sunsets on your own, and to be your own man or woman.
And that I believe is why my coffee tastes so good!