Overseas, Makita has come out with a new 18V cordless coffee maker. Yes, that’s right – a cordless coffee maker. The Makita DCM500, which should not be confused with the discontinued Black & Decker DCM500 coffee maker, can be powered by an AC outlet or Li-ion battery power.
The Makita cordless coffee maker has a tank capacity of 250 mL (or about 8.5 ounces), and when used out in the field, it can brew 300 mL, 400 mL, or 500 mL of coffee per battery charge when paired with 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah, or 5.0Ah battery packs respectively.
In other words, under ideal conditions, Makita’s 3.0Ah battery – which is the highest capacity Makita 18V battery pack currently available in the USA market – provides enough power to brew a little over 10 ounces of coffee per charge.
Brewing time for a ~150 mL (~5 ounce) mini cup of coffee is ~7 minutes under battery power and ~3 minutes under AC electric power.
To get things started, ground coffee powder is placed into the filter of the machine. Makita says that a paper filter is NOT required, which should help cut down on consumable costs. The included filter is presumably washable.
Right now there’s no word as to whether the new Makita coffee maker will be released in the USA market.
Price: ~$85-90 AUD
wow! It’s a good idea, but it’s a little small.
Was waiting for who came out with it first…
My guess would have been Black & Decker or a Craftsman/Kenmore
I bet you could buy several decent vacuum flasks for what that costs, or a gas camping stove and a kettle.
That was the first thing I thought of when I saw the title – April Fools.
Interesting, my wife would like this. I wonder why the battery holder has a belt clip, is it also a power supply of some sort for usb devices?
I noticed that too, but am afraid to speculate. Maybe it’s based off of their heated jacket power adapter?
I don’t want it…….. Stick to tools Makita….
I strongly suspect this is a US market device, drip coffee makers are much less common elsewhere in the world. In any case, I think that I’ll stick to my $7 Thermos mug…
Wonder how long before Milwaukee releases one and everyone screams “disruptive innovation” because they painted it red and charges a phone at the same time 😀
I know that Dewalt toyed with the idea of cordless coffee makers make in mid-2013. It’s something other brands might have also considered or are planning for.
But ya got to admit, FUEL makes so much sense on a coffee pot.
Does not make sense in the “brushless” department (fuel) since this device would not sport a brushless motor……if they develop the equivalent of a “brushless” motor to a heating portable element, then they could call it “fuel” too…lol..other than that, nahh!
Heat pump (air conditioner) based heating element. It could make twice as much coffee per charge.
OK, so wait, coffee powder? Do you just mean ground coffee, or instant coffee granules? Because I can just heat water and spoon instant coffee into it and stir it if I want instant coffee. A drip machine should make real coffee as well as coffee can be made with ground coffee beans.
I have (for when I want to show off) a drip funnel that mounts right to the top of a coffee mug for when I go camping, in the time it takes me to boil one mug worth of water on my pretty powerful kerosene backpacker’s stove, I could set it up ten times. That said, I could see this being a nice luxury on a job site when your base of operations might be the top of a crate for hours on end in a cold, wet environment and a cup of genuine coffee might be the difference between just staying afloat and really running at full speed. Not that it’s markedly less complex than what I use, but at least there’s no open flame.
“Ground coffee powder” is the exact language Makita used. I assume the coffee maker can handle coffee grounds, but didn’t want to contradict their language in case the assumption turned out to be wrong.
Is dis real?
IF they made a small K-cup version – that might be worth a look…
I honestly wonder if at some point, some group of manufacturers decide that proprietary batteries are no longer worth the effort and agree on a universal 18V (or even 12V) standard battery of some sort that works on a huge range of power tools, garden tools, home appliances and miscellaneous gadgets. As Makita has demonstrated with the 36V 18VX2 platform, there is real potential for scalability.
It would definitely be a huge selling point, and it would allow tool manufacturers to refocus product development onto actual tools.
I’m not saying that the Makita coffee machine isn’t awesome, but I feel that there is a beginning to be a dilution of the Makita brand here. If they had licensed the battery format to an appliance maker with an established brand identity (and plenty of experience making appliances) like say Braun or Keurig, there would probably be a better product with a shorter development time. The same case is probably true with the vacuums and motorized bike Makita recently came out with.
I see that Stanley Black and Decker has (slightly) already done this with the Dewalt/Mac cordless lineup, but it would be nice to see a crossover into Black and Decker Products.
That said, the major hurdle would be in convincing customers that just because the new standard battery can power your kid’s scooter, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t up to the task of running a hammerdrill out in the middle of the job site.
This may appear funny at first, but I think it’s a brilliant idea. If I was on the fence between Makita and another manufacturer, I could see leaning towards the Makita because of this item alone. No I’m not kidding. I’ll wager that this will be the start of a very popular trend.
Who handles a power tool until they’ve had their morning coffee?!!!
Wow, blew it again! Unless it takes k-cups you’re behind the technology. Sort of like the thousands of dollars I have in tools that only take Ni-Mh batteries. How about making Lithium ion batteries that fit my Ni-Mh tools? I can’t believe you actually spent resources on a coffee maker that requires coffee grinds on the job. Perhaps Milwaukee will do a k-cup coffee maker and it will be all over for Makita.
Bellah H Marie
Still no post of how much it costs
Been waiting awhile for this product, but they go and kill it straight away by only making it hold one cups worth. Plus a full battery worth of charge. Heating up a litres worth would be good. Plus, whos idea was it to bring the coffee machine out in Australia at the start of summer??? Maybe at the start of winter would of been a better seller.
Bellah H Marie… As far as ive heard, in Australia its around the $90 mark.
They should of just brought out a battery powered kettle that can hold 1 litre of water, which is insulated enough that you can also hold 250 ml of milk in a different compartment.
And maybe on the top, you could have two spots where you could keep your sugar and coffee. And a spot for your spoon………And you could have a cup which slides down inside the kettle when your finished with it.
What? NO toaster??? I like toast and coffee!
Just bought one, I’ll let you all know what it’s like when deliverd
8 minutes to make one cup of coffee. That 3.0Ah battery can only make one cup of coffee before requiring a full charge. How idiotic.