The Portable Oxx Coffeeboxx Is Tough As Nails

And a worthy investment for any caffeine addict who plays hard

Killing this coffeemaker is quite a feat. Believe us, we tried. (Inga Hendrickson)
Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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I’m rough on things. My childhood nickname was Miss Destructo. When my husband proposed, he handed me the ring with a romantic “Please don’t break this.” So testing the Oxx Coffeeboxx, billed as the world’s toughest coffee maker, felt like a personal challenge. Made from the same burly plastic used in power tools, the 12-pound single-serve brewer can withstand 1,500 pounds of pressure—you know, in case you need to park a 4x4 on it. I punted it. I chucked it deep into an Appalachian holler. I flooded the water chamber. Doggedly, it spurted out cup after cup. In desperation, I lassoed the thing, threw a leg over my thoroughbred, and took the Coffeeboxx for a gallop. Dusty but not defeated, it percolated on. Oxx’s house-brand coffee, Workhorse, lives up to its name with solid if unremarkable flavor. Because the Coffeeboxx requires an outlet, it’s better suited to #vanlife than a campsite, but it’s a sound investment for any caffeine addict who happens to live with a Miss Destructo. $230

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