Hey y'all! Coffee is a big part of our life. I have loved coffee since I was really little, no I didn't have 'coffee milk', I drank the real deal. My parents didn't drink coffee until I was an adult, so I made mine in a percolator. Now, we make coffee many ways depending on our mood.
Cowboy coffee is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a brew. We do a lot of camping, from state parks or BLM camping in the mountains to beach camping on Padre Island. Even when we do have electric, I choose Cowboy Coffee. It makes our camping trip. As you will learn our travel and camping revolves around our menu.
It's also a family staple now that my parents joined the coffee bandwagon. My dad started dutch oven cooking and makes us girls Cowboy Coffee and now we are spoiled. (Good spoiled of course *wink*) So a lot of the the "I" in the directions are "He", either my Daddy or my Man. I can't take all the credit because I'm not always the one making it.
So, I'm kind of a coffee snob sometimes. I prefer Raven's Brew or another dark organic coffee, but make it with anything! My mom and I use a dark roast Starbucks when camping together. Use your favorite coffee, treat yourself, because this method really brings out the flavor.
How do we make it?
Things You Need
- Granite Coffee Pot
- Tripod or Flat Rocks
- Coarse Ground Coffee (See notes below)
- Cold Water
- Leather Gloves (or potholders) Note: We use welding gloves when we camp for coffee and dutch oven cooking.
How To Make Cowboy Coffee
- Stoke up your campfire from the night before.
- If you aren't using a tripod over the fire, set a couple of flat rocks to balance your coffee pot on.
- If you have percolator guts in your granite coffee pot, remove them.
- Coarse grind your coffee beans. I bring a grinder with me (I use my outlet in my truck) so my grounds are fresh. if this isn't an option for you, grind it before you leave.
- My grinder is a cuisinart 8 cup grinder, I dump a full grinder cup of freshly ground beans straight into my granite coffee pot.
- Add cold water to just under the pouring spout.
- Add a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. The salt brings out the flavor in your coffee. You can omit the cinnamon, but that is how the Cowboys really did it and it's super yummy.
- Have your cooking gloves ready. Hang on your tripod or balance carefully on your flat rocks. Simmer your coffee about 7 minutes, then drop a few Tablespoons of cold water into your pot. This drops all the coffee grounds to the bottom.
Happy Camping Y'all!
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