Making coffee without power

Share this article


How to make fresh coffee when you find yourself without mains power?

Perhaps on a building site or on a picnic, or anywhere without mains power?

There are various hand pump devices available (like this Hand-pump espresso portable coffee machine from Amazon), but they don’t usually heat up the water. You’ll have to take a flask of hot water with you – you might as well just take a flask of coffee to start with!

But here’s a brilliant device from Makita – a well know name in the professional tools sector. It’s so simple yet brilliant – a coffee machine that uses a standard Makita tool battery pack. It even comes with a Makita-branded aluminium coffee mug and other accessories.

It is a filter machine, but no filter papers are needed, it has a basket-type filter, or you can also use a coffee pod (one of the 60mm paper bag types).

It has a sturdy fold-away handle on the top – a nice toolbox look.

What batteries does it use?

This clever machine can use Makita 18v, 14.4V, or 10.8V-12V batteries. The machine itself comes without a battery but is has two battery slots to accommodate various Makita battery fitments. This clever 2-slot design makes the machine available for users with different battery voltages.

How long does a brew take?

With the 18V battery, it takes approximately 5 minutes for a brew. As you might expect, it takes a little longer when using the the lower voltage batteries.

Where can I get one?

They are not as widely available as domestic coffee machines, but we spotted then for sale on Amazon from around £82 – £98.

This is the maroon model
This is the blue model

Looking for a spare 18V Makita battery? Here’s one on Amazon (a Makita BL1850B 18 V 5.0 Ah Li-ion LXT Battery Pack).

All you need now is a Makita Job-Site Radio for that terrific job-site coffee break!

Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links. When you buy through those links we may receive a commission for the sale. This has no effect on the price for you. For example, as an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. We encourage you to review and carefully consider what you are buying. We try to help by giving tips and information, but buying decisions are yours.