The Best Campfire Coffee Recipes



Before beginning any discussion on campfire coffee recipes, it is important to first address one common issue or concern about the process. This is the water – if you are truly “roughing it” out in the woods it is not that likely that you will have a hefty supply of bottled or purified water. This means that your morning coffee might come from lake or stream water.

This, in turn, means that you must be sure that the water is brought to a good rolling boil before you remove it and use it for making the coffee. Now, that is all just fine until you get to the next step in making a good pot of campfire coffee, which is to add a bit of cold water to the pot to settle the grounds.What all of this translates to is the fact that you will have to prepare yourself a good supply of safely potable water to use during your camping trip. Many experienced campers will tote in a few gallons of water for their stay, but if this isn’t possible it is a good idea to bring a full pot of water to a rolling boil for a few minutes and then allow it to cool while the lid is tightly in place. When it is completely cooled it can then be poured into appropriate containers to use for drinking or cooking purposes.

Campfire Coffee Recipes

Now, let’s begin a brief look at campfire coffee recipes. The first thing to remember is that campfire coffees are not going to be full of steamed milk, syrup and spices. Instead, they are simply the type of strong brews that make watching the sunrise over a calm lake even more enjoyable.

To begin the process you can do one of two things – you can put coffee grounds and water into the coffee pot, or you can bring the water to a boil and then add the grounds. Which is the best? That is actually up to the individual making the coffee, and the differences between the two methods will result in coffee that is either very strong or very much like home brewed coffee.

To make the coffee in the “combined” approach the cook simply uses six teaspoons of ground coffee to three pints of cold water. The cooking vessel is placed over the fire and brought to a strong boil. Once this temperature is reached, the pot is removed from the heat and the coffee “steeps” for approximately three to five minutes. The longer the period of time in which steeping occurs, the stronger the brew.

Next, three to five tablespoons of the pre-prepared cold water is added to settle the grounds to the bottom of the pot. Many campers bring small strainers to fit over the mouths of their coffee mugs to keep a lot of grounds from getting into the individual servings.

If the cook would rather boil the water separately and then pour this over the ground coffee they should user much larger amounts of coffee (usually one full cup or more to two quarts of water) and it is going to have to steep longer to get the same strength or potency as the boiled mixture. The same cold water process will also be required before pouring into mugs.

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