How to Make Coffee While Camping–The Hard Way

25 Aug

While most people would buy a cheap $12 coffee pot to make their morning brew while camping, my friend Shari is not one of the “most”. Instead, she decided to bring a baggie of coffee (with scoop), a few coffee filters, and the pot that I got for a dollar at a yard sale a couple of years ago. I have instructions complete with pictures so you, too, can make coffee the Shari way on your next camping trip.

The first step in the process is to heat up the water on your campfire.

While waiting for the water to boil, Shari place a coffee filter over her mug and loaded it up with two scoops of coffee. She later learned that her hair elastic was a wonderful tool in stretching the filter across the top of the mug.

Once the water is ready, it is poured over the coffee, which percolates through the filter making the world’s strongest cup of coffee very, very slowly.

As if the coffee wasn’t strong enough, Shari then squeezed the filter to make sure no liquid was left behind.

After tasting the coffee and realizing it was more flavorful than a triple-shot espresso, Shari added dairy creamer…a lot of it.

She also added sugar from a baggie labeled “sugar” so no one would confuse with an illegal substance like marijuana.

When you throw all your leftover grounds in a unenvironmentally-friendly bowl, clean up is a snap.

Then you can make a cup of coffee for a friend and/or enjoy your own!

After making four cups of coffee like this on two separate occasions, Sarah bought herself a coffee pot in the camp store on our way out of town…for next time. It makes me sad because it was the most entertaining coffee-making I have ever witnessed.

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No Responses to “How to Make Coffee While Camping–The Hard Way”

  1. sequoiaromance August 25, 2008 at 3:58 PM #

    I got one better…

    1. take a piece of muslin, or one of those 99cent handkerchiefs.
    2.sew up two of the sides.
    Be sure to fold over seam before sewing.
    To do this, you hold the sided together (2 layers of cloth) Then you folld that over once, just far enough for your seam (you’ll have 4 layers of cloth and grounds won’t slip through the seams that way!)
    3. Tie top with a piece of string, or, I’ve found hairbands work just as well (or plastic bread ties)
    4. Set bag in cup, hang elastic over edge…and add hot water. Steep to desired caffiene high, and enjoy.

    Note: This is a reusable bag! I do this at Native American Pow-wows (I am a dancer) and can reuse the same coffee for 2-3 cups without losing flavor or caffiene!

    Give it a whirl!
    The, you pour how

  2. Amy August 25, 2008 at 5:21 PM #

    Now wouldn’t it just be easier for all you people to drink tea ๐Ÿ™‚

    There’s a Native American center (I forget which tribe at the moment) a couple of miles away and they have pow-wows. The last one was a couple of weeks ago, and we missed it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They’re very interesting and fun!

  3. tracy August 25, 2008 at 7:01 PM #

    Okay, yum to both options for creating coffee. I supposed desperation inspires creativity ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Dale August 26, 2008 at 8:39 AM #

    Holy Cow! I like coffee but….wow! That even looks strong!

  5. Amy August 26, 2008 at 9:03 AM #

    It was…I think that’s why she put so much powered cream and sugar in the thing!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. John Tuttle November 14, 2008 at 6:33 PM #

    Campfire or Cowboy coffee doesn’t need to be
    nasty simply because you’re camping. We have
    some of the best campfire coffee on the market
    http://www.tuttlesouthernspur.com You always want to
    start with fresh whole bean. Use a ss percolator
    with ss basket. Grind the beans to a coarse grind.
    2-teaspo0ns per 8-0z cup. Do not use 2-tablespoons
    This is real coffee.When the percolator glass gets the color of deep brown remove from fire and let set 5-min.The grinds will settle to the bottom. Never use a filter you loose flavor. Pre ground coffee looses up to 80%of the flavor of the bean. Use ss not Aluminum it will flavor the coffee.
    Consistancy with anything is best.

  7. John Tuttle November 14, 2008 at 6:33 PM #

    Campfire or Cowboy coffee doesn’t need to be
    nasty simply because you’re camping. We have
    some of the best campfire coffee on the market
    http://www.tuttlesouthernspur.com You always want to
    start with fresh whole bean. Use a ss percolator
    with ss basket. Grind the beans to a coarse grind.
    2-teaspo0ns per 8-0z cup. Do not use 2-tablespoons
    This is real coffee.When the percolator glass gets the color of deep brown remove from fire and let set 5-min.The grinds will settle to the bottom. Never use a filter you loose flavor. Pre ground coffee looses up to 80%of the flavor of the bean. Use ss not Aluminum it will flavor the coffee.
    Consistancy with anything is best.

  8. Mason Webb February 19, 2009 at 6:18 AM #

    “She also added sugar from a baggie labeled โ€œsugarโ€ so no one would confuse with an illegal substance like marijuana.”

    No ones gonna confuse sugar with pot buddy. Though I’d love to see the man who puts coke in their coffee. Thanks for this, btw.

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