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How to Brew Coffee Over a Campfire

coffee-1576537_960_720222Enjoyed by roughly 83% of the United States adult population, coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. But if you plan on going camping, you probably won’t have the luxury of using a slow-drip coffeemaker. Nonetheless, there are still ways to brew a delicious cup of Joe, which we’re going to explore in today’s blog post.


Campers have been using percolators to make coffee for decades. Consisting of a tall pot with a small chamber for holding the ground beans, it’s a great way to make delicious coffee while camping.

To use a percolator, fill the main chamber with water and then place the coffee grounds into the small holding chamber. A good rule of thumb is to use roughly 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds per cup of water. If you’re making two cups of coffee, try using two tablespoons of coffee grounds. However, if you prefer stronger coffee with more “kick,” you can always add more.

After adding the water and ground coffee to your percolator, place it over your campfire and bring to a low boil. You can usually tell when it’s boiling by listening, as the water should create a “roaring” sound. Once the water comes to a boil, move the percolator off to the side where it’s exposed to less heat. Allow it to simmer under this low heat for 5-10 minutes, after which you can pour the coffee and enjoy!

French Press

Another method used to make coffee while camping involves a special pot known as a French press. It’s often preferred over the percolator because of its ability to brew large amounts of coffee.

To use a French press, place the ground coffee in the main chamber, add boiling water, and allow it to steep for 4-6 minutes. Next, gently press on the plunger so it pushes the ground coffee to the bottom. You can then serve and enjoy!

Instant Coffee

Of course, an alternative method is to use instant coffee. You can buy boxes/packets of “instant coffee” at most grocery stores and supermarkets. To use them, simply bring a pot of water to a boil, carefully pour a cup’s worth of boiling water into a mug, stir in the instant coffee, and enjoy! While easier, many people prefer the more authentic taste of coffee that’s been brewed more slowly.

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