Heading: Brew Your Perfect Cup of Camping Coffee with a Percolator
Introduction: camping trips provide an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature. While away, one of the things that campers miss the most is their daily cup of coffee. That’s why having the right equipment—like a camping coffee percolator—is essential for your next outdoor adventure. A camping coffee percolator is specifically designed to make great-tasting coffee in an outdoor setting. In this blog post, we will teach you the basic techniques you need to know to make the perfect cup of camping coffee every morning while you’re out in nature.
As an experienced camper and father of three myself, I understand how important it is to have a good cup of coffee while camping. I’ve tried all sorts of setups over the years, from campfire coffee to the trusty French press. But recently, I discovered the magical world of percolated coffee and I’ve never looked back.
To get the most out of a camping coffee percolator, it’s important to understand how they work. A camping coffee percolator is basically a coffeepot combined with a vertical stovetop cooker. A vertical chamber is connected to the top of the pot with a tube, while a stem is connected at the bottom of the pot. When you put the percolator on the stovetop or campfire, the heat causes the water to rise up the tube and fall back down over the ground coffee in the stem. As the water falls, it picks up the flavor and aroma of the coffee grounds, resulting in a richly flavored cup of coffee.
Now that you understand the basics of how a camping coffee percolator works, it’s time to get started! Here are the steps you need to follow to brew the perfect cup of camping coffee.
1. Start by prepping your camping coffee percolator. Start by filling the pot with cold water—about 6-8 cups—which is enough for 6-8 people. Next, add enough coffee grounds for the amount of people you plan to serve. For 6 cups, use 2½ tablespoons. For 8 cups, ¼ of a cup should be enough.
2. Place the stem near the bottom of the pot and the tube near the top. You want to make sure that the stem is high enough so that the grounds won’t fall through the hole on the top of the pot.
3. Place the camping coffee percolator on your campfire, or stovetop. Make sure the stem is firmly secured, and then turn the heat up to medium-high.
4. Once the water is boiling, you’ll begin to notice the characteristic “perking” sound that gives this method of making coffee its name. This is the sound of the boiling water moving up the tube and then dripping down over the grounds.
5. Allow the perking process to continue for 4-5 minutes. If you’re seeing little droplets form around the tube, it’s a good indicator that it’s almost done.
6. Once the process is complete, remove the camping coffee percolator from the heat and let it cool down for a minute. This will allow the coffee grounds to settle at the bottom.
7. To serve your perfect cup of camping coffee, use the detached cup that comes standard with nearly all camping coffee percolators. It should have a spout on one side that will drain the liquid from the pot into your cup. Once it’s filled, your coffee is ready to enjoy!
Using a camping coffee percolator is a great way to make a delicious cup of coffee while you’re out in nature. The process is not too complicated, and the end result is as good as or better than that of drip or French press coffee makers. So the next time you go camping, give this method a try and let us know how it goes!