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Question by timwilgus. Uploaded on May 07, 2009
If your packing into the back country the percolator takes up a lot of room in your pack. I like the tea bag style coffee bags you can just dip in hot water.
Oops. May be I should finish before I hit enter.
Otherwise coffee from the percolator is the best there is.
Take a look at the stainless coffee pots offered by Cabelas. They range in size from the small 2-3 cup pots to a behemouth that will distill enough early morning gitup to satisfy any coffee slugging hunt camp.
You can pick up an 'ol percolator at garage sales, or if you have access to electric,the tea bag style coffe bags, as buckhunter mentioned, is primo even with a microwave or a hot campfire.
If I'm runnin' late, a Red Bull will satisfy my gitty-up!
Tea bag coffee is the best and easiest for the backcountry, perculators work good for the roadside trips.
I've been accused of being both a coffee and a beer snob (both are probably true).
Anyways, If you ask me there is only one way to make coffee in the woods. Its called a french press (I use one in my kitchen most of the time too)
Percolators let the coffee re-circulate over the grinds for too long and at too high a temperature. This lets the water not only pull out the flavor molecules but also bitter chemicals in the beans. French presses don't do this, so you get full-strength coffee flavor goodness without the bitterness that makes you want cream and sugar.
Trust me, try making a batch of french press coffee and percolator coffee at the same time and do a taste test, you'll never go back.
They are definitely smaller and lighter than a percolator for back-country duty too. Though they are still a little to bulky for hard-core backpacking where you have to settle for the tea bags.
You can pick one up at your local walmart, target, gander mtn, etc.. for under $20
Try a jetboil if you're someplace where a fire isn't practical.
I'm gonna change my answer. Any coffee is good coffee in the field.
buckhunter is right and it's even better after the hunt with a shot of Irish cream.
I have one of those French presses among other pots. My son is a coffee snob. Gets his beans from a place called Monmouth Street Coffee Co, London England. It's good stuff but runs about 15 bucks a pound IMS. The press is made of glass. I wouldn't try to pack one.
Dump your grounds into a empty coffee can full of water boiling over the fire. Remove, add a little cold water to settle the grounds and pour.
Ken I really like the idea of the French press, I think I will see if there is one durable enough to pack on horses. Del I have used your method many times when I didn't take a percolator which is inconvienant not so much due to weight as bulk. I usually pack the coffee in the pot to conserve space. Salt Lake Roasting is an excellent coffee choice, look them up on the web. Among their various gourmet choices is a non-gourmet blend called Morning Thunder that will get you going each day.
Del stole my answer with one exception and this is no joke, but I can think of a few snide remarks to make though I won't, I'll leave that up to you. Use a pot or can to boil the water but before you even leave home take a pair of 'clean' womens nylons and cut they up into pouches large enough to hold enough grounds to make a good pot and tie them off. Don't use a plastic twist tie. Now just throw one into boiling water, good clean coffee. Let the jokes begin.
empty coffee CAN, put grains in bttm, boil water and let grains settle to bttm and pour off top.
Use a Jet boil its great.
Jetboil IS great. You can make about a liter of coffee in 7 minutes, and the press itself weighs 0.8 oz.
But I also agree with Del that the dump-and-boil (aka Turkish) style works well. Jim in Mo basically makes his own teabags, and that sure helps avoid grit and makes clean up easier. (Great minds think alike, eh?) However, I would suggest using muslin or cheesecloth, which you can burn or bury. Also, they are less scary to boil and drink than nylon, and you are less likely to be caught in the awkward position of explaining why you are rummaging through your girlfriend's nylons (besides which, NO ONE will believe you when you tell the truth). You can buy premade 3"x5" muslin bags on eBay, e.g.
Personally, I don't have a Jetboil. So I just use a muslin bag full of coffee in any old pot. That way, when the post-apocalyptic world runs out of Jetboil fuel canisters, I'll still have coffee! ;)
Jim in Mo,
If that coffee was made with Mz Cuthbert's hose I could drink a gallon.
Agreed with Del in KS and + 1 for you sir!!!
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