There is nothing better than a fresh cup of coffee on a cool crisp morning, made over a campfire. Campfire coffee is perhaps one of the most satisfying endeavors in the world of roughing it, second only to s mores. The steam drifting from the surface and the smell of brewing coffee married to burning embers send shivers down my spine. Not to mention, a nice strong cup is usually much needed to face an active day of hiking, fishing, and kayaking!
Making campfire coffee is a breeze and there are actually several ways to do it. Some swear by the old cowboy coffee method which basically uses a coffee can as a french press, minus the press and the french for that matter. Others redefine roughing it by using electric pour over brewers or even a Keurig. But, there is a middle ground, a classic percolator.
You may have seen a coffee percolator on your grandmothers stove a this was once THE way to make a cup of joe. A coffee percolator is an appealing option for camp fire coffee because it is so simple. There are very few parts and of course it requires no electricity. To make camp fire coffee using a percolator:
You will need:
- a percolator
- ground coffee
- a fire
- First, fill the coffee percolator with water to the fill line or just below the brew basket.
- Next, place the basket and stem inside the pot.
- Now, add your coffee to the basket. We recommend a course ground, high quality coffee such as these. You will want to use about 2 tablespoons of coffee for each cup of water (i.e. 4 cups of water = 8 Tbsp of coffee).
- You can now place your percolator on a rack or directly on the coals of your camp fire.
- Once the water begins to boils move the percolator to the edge of the fire (be careful, the handle will be hot).
- Then, allow the coffee to percolate for 5-7 minutes.
- Finally, remove the basket and discard the grounds.
You are now ready to pour yourself a piping hot, fresh cup of campfire coffee. I don't know if it is the setting or the hands on method of making coffee over a fire but, either way, that first sip of campfire coffee is like no other - gritty and deep, rich and satisfying.
What is your favorite method for making campfire coffee?