Best way to have coffee you love

RoadPro 12-volt coffee maker (RoadPro photo)RoadPro 12-volt coffee maker (RoadPro photo)

Let’s face it, a favorite trucker pastime is complaining about how poorly four-wheelers drive.

A close second is discussing — or lamenting — the merits of truck stop, travel center, diner or fast food coffee. But, when you’re on the road as much as you are, there are times when even bad coffee is good coffee.

That’s why no over-the-road truck kitchen is complete without a coffee maker. Buy your favorite brand of ground coffee (unless you wish to get real fancy and buy whole beans to grind your own) and the RoadPro 12-volt model will deliver 20 ounces of freshly brewed coffee in just 20 minutes.

Put on a pot before you start your pre-trip and you’ll have a cup of coffee as essential to you as diesel is to your truck by the time you start driving.

If you’re one of those rare folks who does not depend on coffee as many of us do, you can use this coffee maker to simply heat water for tea or instant hot chocolate. And, creative truckers can also use a coffee maker like this to heat canned soups in a pinch.

It comes with its own reusable filter, measuring scoop, and a 7-foot-long, fused power cord. This on-board barista features a quick-brew cycle and a stop-drip interrupt feature so you can steal that first cup while the coffee continues to brew. The glass carafe is dishwasher safe.

Available at travel centers.