Discussion in 'Cooking & Water Purification' started by rcwells, May 27, 2017.
Outstanding.......that's cowboy coffee...if it will float a horse shoe...It's done.
Also known as a "colador" (by the Spanish and Portugese speaking) and "grek" by the Haitians (short for "igrek" which is French for the letter "y" because of their more typically y-shaped version that holds the "sock").
They tend to use it as a pour over method where only adults get the first pour and children will sometimes get the much diluted subsequent pours with a lot of dairy.
All this talk of coffee brought back memories of coffee making at home when I was a kid. Today Folgers singles is good enough for me...easy peasy!
put a pan of water on too boil..........take whole beans and pulverize with a rock take boiling water off of fire add pulverized beans too water.........half pound per 8 oz cup let sit and stir after 5 min let sit another 5 min.......grab toilet paper drink coffee and run....
Sidebar: Coffee no matter how you make it is the 2nd largest commodity traded world wide daily the 1st being crude oil.
I found this video on a DIY Chorreador...I was thinking big woods coffee points if you rig up a stand on the spot with axe, knife and cordage..
If you want to have some fun with a new-be unload a shot gun shell and use the shell to store your coffee grounds, in a small plastic baggy . re-crimping the end. There are shells that use steel or copper BBs, if your worried about lead contamination.
Don't say any thing , just let them watch you make coffee .
Cow camp coffee pot on fire. Boil water. Throw in two handfuls of coffee. Let boil til it looks like the right color. Take off fire. Let grounds settle. Pour into you cup and sift the grounds thru your teeth.
Coffee grounds, AKA Cowboy toothpaste.
This should be of interest.
Years ago when I decided I needed better than instant camp coffee...I picked up a Moka pot to boost the flavor of instant. One shot added to a cup of coffee is "red eye"...two shots "black eye"...three shots "dead eye". There are a number of other names for the combination...I use a 3-shot Moka pot and call it "stinkeye"
I've been experimenting with gel/Sterno fuel lately and found that it works pretty well as a Moka pot burner.
If I go old school, I bring the pot & poor in a cup of cold water to help settle the grounds once it's perked up. When I go light, i boil water & throw in some G7 Vietnamese instant coffee. The G7 single are good for a small cup, so I usually use 2 per cup.
just use this teapot and heat water with starbucks or similar...one hanging on the left
IMG_4307 by Ken Cardwell, on Flickr
G7 is not bad for an instant...I believe it is a microgrind like Via. The downside is that each package only makes 60ml/2oz, while each Via packet is portioned for 8oz.
I usually bring Nescafe and this setup:
Filter coffee tastes better but to much stuff to bring along and take back out again imho...
I recently started using these:
I have one in my desk at work, one in my HC canteen pouch, and one in my vehicle get home bag. Just fill with loose tea or coffee, boil some water, and dunk this thing in there for 3 minutes or so. It's very small, lightweight, requires no additional pots or equipment, and cleans out with just a splash of water when finished.
Depends on how primitive I go. Usually, not very and I bring a stanley french press. If very primitive, I save up my spittle in my cheek, grab some beans, chew and swallow.
I got a small coffee foldable thing on Amazon for 15.00 buck. I ended up getting another and gifting it to a member here for helping me out.
They work awesome only sucks you gotta carry a coffee filter
One of my favorite cook sets is a Czech messkit with a little Trangia kettle. The kettle holds a permanent filter basket perfectly...like a large version of a Finum/MSR brewing basket. I heat enough water for coffee and oatmeal in the pot and pour into the kettle. I would not put the kettle on the stove with the basket inserted. Makes 12-14oz of coffee...max capacity of the kettle is 16oz.
I think you can reduce coffee making to two steps. Mixing the hot water with the coffee grounds. And separating the grounds from the coffee. In my opinion, the last step is optional. Target temperature is 195° to 205° F, but you don't have to carry a thermometer. And depending on your altitude, you may not be able to get water that hot anyway. It's mixed units, but water boils 1°C (1.8° F) lower for every 1000 ft gain in elevation. So, at 10,000 ft, water boils at about 194° F or 90° C.
Heat water to a boil. Put ground coffee into cup and pour water. (This cools the water down to within range.) Stir. Stirring will help the grounds to settle. Allow about 4 minutes for coffee to extract. If you are going to filter out the grounds, do it now. Enjoy. That GSI filter works well if you just don't want the grit in your coffee. I really like my Aeropress, but I only take it camping if I'm not packing it in.
You can be as nerdy as you like with coffee. Bean origin. Roasting. Grinding.
I got a Primula Brew Buddy after I read about it in a post @Spork wrote earlier. It is super for making coffee and it fits inside a Snowpeak #1 Kettle perfectly!
But for convenience and decent taste these are mighty handy and you can get them at Dollar General or Wal-Mart.
Just making the switch from instant to good coffee. Starting with a GSI Java Drip, but I'm sure there's a coffee pot of some type in my future.
Not exactly a dayhike coffee setup...
(Picture retrieved from a Google search and edited.)
I just boil up the amount of water I need, add the right amount of coffee grounds, let it go at a rolling boil for a few minutes. Remove pot from fire, add a shot of cold water to bunch up the grounds at the bottom, poor and drink. I hardly ever get any issues with grounds until I am almost at the bottom of the pot. Easy to clean out and no filters or extra weight. Taste better than my coffee maker at home as it is less bitter.
I just put ground coffee in a paper coffee filter, twist it closed and use it like a tea bag. Helps to use a wire twist tie to keep it closed.
I generally just get the pot boiling and then just dump the grounds right in the pot. LOL.
I give it a good stir, and let it sit for a few minutes and pour it into the cups... 99% of the grounds sink to the bottom, and I just don't drink the bottom 1/2". I like my coffee quite strong, so it works for me!
Take your grounds and put them in a baggie with an egg (shell and all) and smash it up and mix everything together. then dump that mix into the boiling water. The egg will do two things:
it will trap the grounds so that they are one big clump and are easily removed
it will provide a natural sweetness to the brewed coffee.
My wife really likes the coffee brewed this way when we are out camping. I like my coffee strong and on the slightly bitter side, so it is a little too sweet for me.
Whoa that sounds crazy! I am definitely going to give that a try tonight.
I just tend to buy empty tea bags and fill those with coffee grinds and let it sit in my mug for 4-5 minutes. Seems to work okay, but definitely not as nice as a French press.
i've used mostly the old school graniteware pots on a fire or stove,
or instant in various packaging. if you can still find one, the old
metal unlined tin coffee cans make a good campfire boiler without
the plastic taste from a plastic lined can. cowboy kent rollins on yoofloob
has about the best instruction i've seen:
he also uses the correct ratio 1/4 to 1/4
(1/4 cup coffee grounds to 1/4 gallon (quart) water)
i've probably made more coffee in a usgi canteen cup than anything else.
jmho- i think it's being out in the sticks that makes coffee so good
The way I always do my whole life...Kopi Tubruk or what you guys call cowboy coffee.
Boil some water, when it's boiled leave it for about 30 seconds or so, then add two or three heaping tea spoons of ground coffee (for 300ml of water) .
Stir it thoroughly ...don't shake it... I do it for 5 seconds or so, and let the ground coffees settle to the bottom of the mug. It may take a minute or less, maybe more... depends on how hot the water is. The hotter the water, the faster the coffee settles to the bottom of the mug, and the better the coffee will taste. That's why I aways use just-boiled water when I brew my coffee.
Then enjoy the coffee, no need to filter the coffee. I never do.
Pack of instant dark and a pack of land o lakes hot choco. (Starbucks French Roast and Mint Chocolate Land o Lakes if you wanna try it)
Bush Mocho. It was actually really good.
If I'm backpacking & want to keep the weight down, I take instant coffee.
Thank all you guys for the input on this. I will probably try the "cowboy" method next outing.
This is my preferred method. The collapsible models you get from REI etc. are cool but pricey. They are also not as durable as these referenced in this post.
1. Stay away from anything called Folgers or Maxwell House or Starbucks. If any of those are your bag, I apologize, but I don't think any of them are good at all. The first two are just horrid and the third is way overpriced for not being all that great. If you insist on using grinds and not instant, but you want to keep it cheap, Chock Full O' Nuts original is pretty good.
2. Don't underestimate instant coffee. The are some pretty good ones, plus it can make life very simple and it's usually difficult to mess up. No special equipment necessary and no grinds to deal with.
3. Don't boil the water. You'll ruin the coffee. A number of people already mentioned this. When little bubbles start forming and there's a little steam coming from the surface of the water, it's hot enough (right around 195 Fahrenheit).
4. Whatever method you choose to go with, follow the directions on the package for a good coffee to cup ratio and enjoy!