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.