How To Use A Camping Coffee Percolator For An Enjoyable Outdoor Experience
Whether you’re a camping enthusiast or a coffee lover, a camping coffee percolator is a tool that will allow you to get the most out of your outdoor experiences. This post details how to use a camping percolator to make incredible tasting coffee while out in the wilderness.
Choose the Right Camping Coffee Percolator for Your Needs
The first step towards using a camping coffee percolator is to choose a tool that is appropriate for your specific outdoor goals. If you are a car camper who mostly enjoys camping weekends, then you should opt for a medium-sized percolator that you can easily fit into your car. If, however, you are a backpacking enthusiast who wants to make your own coffee on a camping trip, then you should opt for a smaller one that is easier to carry.
Preparing for Use
Once you have chosen your camping coffee percolator, it is important to familiarize yourself with it. Taking a few extra minutes to familiarize yourself with the device before you head out can help make the process much smoother and less stressful. Make sure you read the instructions manual that comes with the percolator to get the most out of it.
Gather the Required Supplies
Before using a camping coffee percolator, it is important to gather all the necessary supplies. The main items that you will need are: ground coffee, water, a fire source, a spoon, and the percolator itself. Other items you may want to include are: coffee filters, a pot holder, or a cloth to wipe the percolator with when done.
Putting the Coffee Percolator to Use
Once you have all the necessary supplies gathered you are ready to start using your camping coffee percolator. Begin by pouring water into the pot of the percolator and then add the desired amount of ground coffee to the top. Place the pot back into the percolator, put the lid back on, and then place the entire device onto the fire.
When the water in the bottom chamber begins to boil, you should see bubbles coming up through the center chamber. As those bubbles reach the top, the coffee will start to drip down into the top chamber. Depending on the kind of percolator you have, you may need to stir the grounds in the top chamber every now and then.
As an experienced camper, I always recommend keeping a close eye on your percolator and never leave it unattended. As the coffee boils, it will start to foam and hiss. To ensure that your coffee doesn’t burn, lower the heat immediately as the foam begins to form.
Enjoying the Brew
Once the coffee has finished brewing, give it a few minutes to settle and then carefully pour it into a cup. I usually use a pot holder and a large spoon to scoop out the grounds from the bottom chamber, so they don’t make it into my cup. The coffee is now ready for you and your camping companions to enjoy.
When you are all done enjoying your percolated coffee, it is important to properly clean out the device. You can do this by running hot water through it for a few minutes. After it has finished, use a cloth or paper towel to clean out the interior of the device. Make sure to also remove and rinse any coffee grounds that have stuck to the interior.
In addition to cleaning out the percolator, it is also important to store it away properly when done. Unlike electric coffee makers, percolators can corrode if stored away wet, so it is important to ensure that it is completely dry before storing it away. If you are planning on camping again soon, store the percolator with your other camping supplies.
Using a camping coffee percolator is a fun and rewarding experience that will let you enjoy a hot cup of coffee while in nature. Just make sure to choose the right one for your needs and to clean it out properly after use!