Makita makes a coffee maker for the outdoors

March 20, 2018 by Innovation for Africa - No Comments

Japanese power tools manufacturer Makita has released a new rugged coffee maker that runs on battery power. The CM501DZ uses the same lithium ion battery packs as various Makita tools; the company says the largest 18V BL1860 battery is good for brewing about 640ml, or 5.3 cups.

Makita released its first cordless coffee maker a few years ago, and naturally now also sells various flavors of coffee pods for the machines. You can, however, use them with regular ground coffee, in case you want to brew artisanal blends in the middle of nowhere.

The Asahi Shimbun says Makita expects the new model to be popular with construction workers on building sites. I expect it to be popular with me on my apartment’s roof. It’s out now in Japan for 11,900 yen ($112), battery not included.

Making a great cup of coffee requires the right equipment, the majority of which is in a kitchen. Alternatively, you can head to your nearest coffee shop and have one made for you. But what if you’re in the middle of nowhere, or stuck on a construction site desperate for an artisanal caffeine hit? Japanese tool maker Makita has you covered.

Makita realized it could manufacture a coffee machine that’s powered by the same rechargeable lithium-ion batteries it uses for its cordless power tools. You already have the power source, so just add the coffee-making gadget!

The Makita CM501D coffee maker will work with the same batteries used by Makita’s range of cordless power tools. The company has been making portable coffee machines since 2015, but this latest, much more rugged and portable model, will produce up to 5.3 cups of coffee from one fully-charged power tool battery. It can be used with ground coffee or dedicated coffee packs Makita offers and includes a very useful carry handle.

At $112, it isn’t too expensive if a good cup of coffee is important to you. That price doesn’t include a battery or charger, but then you’ll already have access to those from your power tools. And if you don’t, then see this coffee maker as the perfect excuse to buy yourself a new Makita power drill.