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    Posted: May 06 2006 at 4:42pm

If I can have my morning cup of coffee while all this is going on, life would seem alot more normal.  I wanted to find something that made multiple cups (like the drip pot I have now) but all I could find on the internet were perculators.  Thought I could save $ and fuel by rigging something with a permanent filter that I already have.  Anyone done this?  Also found a good idea here:

Cowboy Coffee, Backpacker Style

  I've seen all manner of camping coffee devices for sale. I've finished my whole pot of coffee while friends were still waiting for their percolator to perk an ever so slightly tastier cup of joe. My method is somewhat simple, requires zero overhead, and has worked wonderfully for me for five years. I've received many compliments on my coffee, normally wow, this is a surprisingly good cup of coffee, usually from the frou-frou coffee making device set.

 

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1.            Bring one quart of water to a boil in a saucepan.

2.            Add 3/4 cup of ground coffee.

3.            Return to boil.

4.            Immediately remove from heat and cover.

5.            Wait till the grounds sink (approximately 5 minutes).

6.            Serve.

When you pour the coffee handle the pot as gently as possible so as not to disturb the grounds.

 

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How about using a tea strainer .... like I remember using as a little girl for loose tea leaves??? or couldn't you run the coffe through a coffee filter into a thermal coffee thermos? Then it'll stay hot for the next cup!-k
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Walmart has a camping coffee pot for 24.00 It goes over any heat.  Stove, camping stove, camping fire.  The have smaller one for less.  I bought the larger coffee pot
 
It look like an old fashion coffee maker that perculates...Except no cord...
 
It perculates and makes a great cup of coffee...No filter need and no coffee grounds in you coffee.  You can see it perculating because it has a Glass top...When it stop percolating its done..
 
Go to the camping Isle....
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I cant wait to try your method as well....  ThanksBig smile
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I have been using an old fashoned percolator (stove version), for years while camping, in the motor home or during power outages. The only reason I don't use it all the time is that I have a Bunn machine that only takes about 2 min. When the electric Bunn takes a dump, I probably will use the percolator full time. The taste is so much better even though it takes longer, and works great on a camp stove, RV stove etc. I have GOT to have my coffee in the morning and late afternoon!
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Getting Ready: if you pour a small amount of cold water into the pot after removing from heat the grounds will immediately settle to the bottom.
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thanks guys - WOW this really IS a cool place to come!  A whole bunch of useful answers!  I like the idea of the filter-into-the-thermos idea, ReadyMom, and the rest were great, too.  How long does it take to perculate with the stove-top versions?  I'm already smelling fresh-brewed coffee.....  I might even splurge on my preps next week and get a bag of Irish Cream or French Vanilla coffee or something - we need to have little things that we can treat ourselves with!
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Originally posted by gettingready gettingready wrote:

thanks guys - WOW this really IS a cool place to come!  A whole bunch of useful answers!  I like the idea of the filter-into-the-thermos idea, ReadyMom, and the rest were great, too.  How long does it take to perculate with the stove-top versions?  I'm already smelling fresh-brewed coffee.....  I might even splurge on my preps next week and get a bag of Irish Cream or French Vanilla coffee or something - we need to have little things that we can treat ourselves with!
 
Absolutely! Life without coffee - shoot me now!! Hey, I don't drink, smoke or do drugs, but try and take my coffee away and there will be big trouble!
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Can also put the coffee in a clean , thin white sock. Saw my Grandfather do that. He called it "sugin" coffee.(sugin- w/ a short U) Have no idea what sugin means but the coffee wasn't bad.
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We always use a blue speckled Coleman pot every day.  Sometimes, if the heat is on too high, the grounds will push out of the basket.  We just use a small strainer with a plastic handle, sit it on top of the cup and pour.  Works good.  However, a good thing to have if fuel is an issue and you don't want to turn on the stove again to reheat, is an insulated Carafe.  Sams has them cheap.  They are like the kind they put on your table at a pancake restaurant. 
Oh, try to get replacement innards for your pot at the same time you get the pot.  They are soft aluminum and the stems bend and break easily.  I got 3 extra at Coleman on line. Very good customer service there. 
They may not show your basket and stem assembly on line but just email or give them a call and tell them which coffee pot you have and they will have the parts.
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They sell coffee bags at the store that are just like tea bags. I don't drink coffee so don't know anything about taste...but don't they taste the same? I always keep some for company, but they just look at me like I'm daft when I offer them one :-0
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Originally posted by KatDoe67 KatDoe67 wrote:

They sell coffee bags at the store that are just like tea bags. I don't drink coffee so don't know anything about taste...but don't they taste the same? I always keep some for company, but they just look at me like I'm daft when I offer them one :-0
 
Expensive for the convenience!
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I have vaccumed packed coffee from 14 years ago. A tad strong, but still good.
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Mountainwinds - that is good to know.  
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For loose coffee grounds, crack a raw egg into boiling coffee.  It will absorb most of the grounds.  True Wyoming Cowboy Coffee.  On the range, cowboys ate the egg.  One pot breakfast! 
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I knew a lady who used the egg method, no strainer, just boiled coffee in a small coffee pot, added coffee, and then at the end the egg...don't know the exact "recipe" but here coffee was the best. I need to track that down.
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It's also easy to use a coffee press.  Put the grounds in the bottom, add boiling water, let sit til you like the color and pour through the strainer in the press.
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My grandmother used to buy a stovetop perculator and throw out the insides. She made coffee on a wood fired cookstove and it was great - best I ever drank.

I think she poured a little cold water in to settle the grounds but I remember something about egg shells too.

Like many of the terrific things she made, many of her secrets were lost.
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