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When Cowboys brewed there coffee over an open fire, how did they separate the coffee grounds? This to works great when tea bags bust open!

Question by Clay Cooper. Uploaded on September 13, 2010

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from GERG wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Put some eggshells in it. Or pour a little cold water in.That what you lookin for?

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Wait 5 minutes after the boil. The grounds will sink. Enjoy groundless coffee on the open trail.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Well I have heard that egg shells, help to make the coffee less bitter, and a few drops of cold water will help the grounds to settle faster, but the only way to make it grounds less would be to pour it though something like cheese cloth.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Egg shells work until you get close to the bottom of the pot.

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from 2Poppa wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Good Question!
My son made Cowboy Coffee and poured it through a sock he carried for this purpose.

Adding cold water makes the coffee cold and in my opinion less satisfying. Just take the lid off, turn the bacon, and pour yourself a cup of Hot Cowboy Cup of Joe!

By the way, Cowboy Coffee is NOT good until the last drop!

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from slothman wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

a good splash of cold water and pouring slowly seems to be the key.

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I like to let it come to a boil only, then set it aside, the grounds will settle, just drink when still hot. Not bad really.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Let it settle to the bottom of your cup, and spit out any grounds that float. It's called "Texas Coffee."

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

2Poppa YUCK!

Never knew of anyone using egg shells, but a 1/2 cup of cold water is the answer!

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I guess I was a bad cowboy. I just put the coffee grounds in the boiling water, let it sit about 10 minutes, poured and drank. The grounds usually went to the bottom of the pot and I learned how to spit out grounds pretty much like the way a cardinal eats sunflower seeds.

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Living in an Airstream on the riverbank out West,

I drink Cowboy Coffee every day.

I pour it through a strainer.

Not much different without the strainer.

Just a formality,I suppose.

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from Modern Day Moun... wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

A Sock?!? hope it was a new one...

I always just let it settle a few minutes, drink and spit out the few grounds that make it to my mouth.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

A rap with piece of firewood against the side of the pot will break the surface tension and let grounds held on the surface settle to the bottom. A long mustache also helps strain out those few that still pour into the cup.

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from 2Poppa wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

@ Clay & @ Modern Day Moun -
The sock was straight out of the washer and dryer ... missing its mate!

Sourdough Dave-
I like the way you think!

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from 1chas1 wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

The used cheescloth. The wrapped the grounds in cheescloth and dropped in boiling water. And typically they carried grounds made a company called "Arbuckles" in fact they had a workd wide market in the late 19th century.

These cloth was resued till it wore out.
Unfortuanelty their coffe was often bitter but that was accepted.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Well I have heard that egg shells, help to make the coffee less bitter, and a few drops of cold water will help the grounds to settle faster, but the only way to make it grounds less would be to pour it though something like cheese cloth.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Wait 5 minutes after the boil. The grounds will sink. Enjoy groundless coffee on the open trail.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I guess I was a bad cowboy. I just put the coffee grounds in the boiling water, let it sit about 10 minutes, poured and drank. The grounds usually went to the bottom of the pot and I learned how to spit out grounds pretty much like the way a cardinal eats sunflower seeds.

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from GERG wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Put some eggshells in it. Or pour a little cold water in.That what you lookin for?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Egg shells work until you get close to the bottom of the pot.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Good Question!
My son made Cowboy Coffee and poured it through a sock he carried for this purpose.

Adding cold water makes the coffee cold and in my opinion less satisfying. Just take the lid off, turn the bacon, and pour yourself a cup of Hot Cowboy Cup of Joe!

By the way, Cowboy Coffee is NOT good until the last drop!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from slothman wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

a good splash of cold water and pouring slowly seems to be the key.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Elmer Fudd wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I like to let it come to a boil only, then set it aside, the grounds will settle, just drink when still hot. Not bad really.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 99explorer wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Let it settle to the bottom of your cup, and spit out any grounds that float. It's called "Texas Coffee."

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

2Poppa YUCK!

Never knew of anyone using egg shells, but a 1/2 cup of cold water is the answer!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Living in an Airstream on the riverbank out West,

I drink Cowboy Coffee every day.

I pour it through a strainer.

Not much different without the strainer.

Just a formality,I suppose.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

A rap with piece of firewood against the side of the pot will break the surface tension and let grounds held on the surface settle to the bottom. A long mustache also helps strain out those few that still pour into the cup.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Modern Day Moun... wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

A Sock?!? hope it was a new one...

I always just let it settle a few minutes, drink and spit out the few grounds that make it to my mouth.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

@ Clay & @ Modern Day Moun -
The sock was straight out of the washer and dryer ... missing its mate!

Sourdough Dave-
I like the way you think!

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from 1chas1 wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

The used cheescloth. The wrapped the grounds in cheescloth and dropped in boiling water. And typically they carried grounds made a company called "Arbuckles" in fact they had a workd wide market in the late 19th century.

These cloth was resued till it wore out.
Unfortuanelty their coffe was often bitter but that was accepted.

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