How To: Cowboy Coffee

Nothing beats the feeling of waking up in the great outdoors, gently swaying in your hammock and listening to the first few birds chirp. Until you get a good cup of joe in your hands that is. Some may say it’s unnecessary weight, but they haven’t tasted our Cowboy Coffee. Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Bring one quart of water to a boil in a pot over your camp stove.
  • Add ¾ cup of ground coffee.
  • Return to a boil
  • Immediately remove from heat and cover the pan
  • Wait about 5 minutes till the grounds sink
  • Serve it up!

Some things to note:

Don’t worry if it looks like a lot of coffee – you may even have to add more. Boiling temperatures change as the altitude does (the higher you go, the lower boiling points go). You may have to add more coffee at a higher altitude, and less at a lower altitude.

Don’t let it return to a boil for too long – the longer it stays in boiling water the less the flavor you will have.

Don’t add cold water – some people may suggest this to help sink the grounds, but trust they’ll sink when the coffee cools a little. 5 minutes is a good rule of thumb to allow the water to cool enough to let the grounds sink, but stay warm enough to make a satisfying drink. If your grounds aren’t sinking, try removing the lid for a few seconds every so often to let some cooler air inside.

Remember the grounds are in there – try chucking the last few mouthfuls of every cup to avoid the bitterness that’s settled at the bottom. Remember – don’t throw out all the leftover coffee grounds – practice Leave No Trace and take them home with you!