Using Percolators for Camp Coffee

percolator-camping-by-brian gautreauMaking the perfect pot of coffee over a fire is a bit tricky, especially if you don’t have the right gear. A percolator is the gear of choice for making a cup of joe over the fire because of how they work. The water in the bottom of the pot is pushed up through a hollow, thin tube in the middle of the pot and the water falls down through the filter basket where the coffee sits. There’s no need for a coffee filter and you can store cups inside many camping percolators. But how do you make the perfect brew onver a fire? Follow these steps and it’ll get you going in the morning:

  1. Get a nice fire going first.
  2. Fill the pot with fresh, clean water up to the fill line.
  3. Insert the stem, or hollow tube, into the holder in the base of the pot.
  4. Fill the filter basket with coffee. 2 tablespoons is enough for one cup.
  5. Put the filter basket in place. Put the lid on.
  6. Put the percolator in the fire till the water starts to boil. Remove to the coals to simmer once the water is heated.
  7. Depending on how many cups you’re making, let the percolator simmer for around 5 minutes.
  8. Remove the lid and carefully remove the basket and stem. Pour yourself a cup and enjoy!

Percolators have their benefits and downsides so be aware of them if you’re in search of the perfect cup of joe. Because they don’t use a filter like drip coffee makers, there can be some grounds in your coffee. They also make a pretty robust cup because they brew at a much higher temperature than other coffee makers. However, there are few coffee makers you can stick directly on the flames.

We recommend coating your pot with a little dish soap before putting it in the flames so you don’t scorch the metal and make it impossible to clean.

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