I have recently managed to make Dave a believer in certain products that seem overrated/overpriced. One of those products is the Keurig. Why would one need a Keurig when they already have a working coffee pot? Enter the beauty of having a fresh cup of coffee ready in under a minute, whenever you want it. He’s sold.
So when we realized we’d be in the car for a combined total of around 40 hours on our recent roadtrip to/from Portland, Dave had the idea that we should bring the Keurig in the car. How awesome would that be? Driving down the 5 in the middle of nowhere, and fresh coffee available on command! I, being the lawyer, could only think of all the ways that could go wrong (mainly of the spilling hot coffee all over my car/all over myself variety). Imagine that lawsuit:
Girl Sues Keurig When Hot Coffee Spills All Over Her Lap After Trying To Use A Keurig In A Car While In Motion
I would never live that down. But Dave was convinced it was a good idea, so I decided to give it a whirl. I left the machine sitting on the floor in the passenger seat. I hooked it up to the adapter, poured in the water, put in the k-cup, and pushed brew. NOTHING. The machine made a sound for a second and then shut off. Was it a balance issue? Did we blow a fuse? Was there not enough power? We didn’t know, but
Dave was we were determined to figure it out. This might come as a surprise, but apparently people don’t really google “How to make a keurig work in a car,” and FAQ lists just don’t cover this issue either. Why aren’t others as brilliant as we are? Why hasn’t anyone else tried this awesome idea??
Unable to find any help via google, we tried various alternatives. (Honestly, I was totally up for giving up at this point but Dave was determined to find a solution). If it was a balance issue, maybe finding a flatter surface would help. No cigar. I tried the handy unplug-replug idea. Nothing. I tried holding down the brew button, which ultimately forced a brew of cold, weak coffee.
I was pretty sure at that point that something was up with the heating element. So Dave suggested I google how much power it takes to make a Keurig work. It turns out it takes 1500 watts to be able to heat up. It also turns out our adapter only put out a maximum of 300 watts. Mystery solved! Dave’s solution? “We need to get a bigger car!”
With our instant Keurig coffee dreams shot, we were forced to “rough it” with gas station and Starbucks coffee for the rest of our trip like normal people. Clearly, this is not as rough as the people who travelled via covered wagon back in the day, who did not have coffee machines and heat, and google at their finger tips, but it’s all relative, right?! On the bright side, what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. 😉