HOW TO MAKE COFFEE WHEN A CAMP FIRE IS YOUR STOVE!
I love exploring the wilderness areas in this country. There are some places that you just can’t drive to or expect to have many amenities when you get there. But trust me the view is worth it. One year I asked my husband what he wanted for his birthday. He answered, “A mule.” Why did he want a mule?
Well there’s a reason they are often referred to as a pack mule. He did get his birthday wish and now we have a mule named Gennevieve. She carries the beer and other supplies. We take her in a trailer in the back of our car. When we get to the national forest or other wilderness area, out she comes.
Gennevieve loves to go hiking and she doesn’t mind carrying the beer, the tent, our sleeping bags, and the cooking supplies. We walk along side her and I have to admit that she’s great company! Before Gennevieve, we carried the bare minimum. So my morning coffee was a coffee bag dipped in boiling water. Better than nothing, but really not that great.
Now I fee that I can bring my stovetop percolator. It’s the way that my grandmother made coffee and it’s truly delicious. It does not require electricity and we often use it when we have a power outage. The first thing you have to do when you get a fire like the one above is put a metal grate of some sort on it. If you forget the metal grate, then take a flat rock and put it in the fire. Then you can put your percolator on it.
The trick to getting great percolator coffee is to start with coarse ground coffee. For every cup of coffee that you want add 8 ounces of water and a tablespoon of coffee. The water goes in the pot; the coffee goes in the basket. Then you put the percolator on the fire, when it starts to perk. You’ll see it in the little bulb at the top, time it for 10 minutes. Watch the bulb when it first starts its clear water, then it becomes a rich brown.
There’s nothing better than a great cup of coffee in the middle of nowhere!