How to Make Coffee on a Campfire

How to Make Coffee on a Campfire
Nothing smells better than coffee brewing on a cool morning deep in the woods. If you didn't bring your camp stove with you on the trip, you may be perplexed on how you'll make that pot of coffee though. It's not hard to do, but it may take a little longer that it would with a controlled heat source. Patience is the key when brewing coffee on a campfire. Then you'll have that cup of coffee in your hand in no time at all.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Coffee pot
  • Campfire
  • Pot holder
Step 1
Start a small campfire so you'll have the hot coals. If you have some charcoal, you can throw briquettes into the fire once it gets going. You don't need a huge fire to brew your coffee, but you'll need enough heat to boil water.
Step 2
Prepare your coffee pot. While you are waiting for the fire to reach an optimal temperature, ready the coffee pot. A percolator type will work best when brewing over an open fire. You should be able to purchase one at any of your local outdoors stores.
Step 3
Level a surface on the fire where the pot can sit stably. Once your fire is at a low flame level and hot coals are beginning to form, you can sit your pot on the fire. You don't want the flames to be too high, or you won't be able to reach for the pot without getting burned.
Step 4
Listen to your coffee pot as it heats up. If it seems like more heat is needed, pile more hot coals around the pot. Don't worry if the smaller flames lick the base of the coffee pot. These type of camping coffee pots were made to endure the heat. You should start to hear your water beginning to heat up within the first five minutes and then start percolating.
Step 5
Allow your coffee to percolate for the desired amount of time. The longer you allow it to percolate, the stronger the coffee will be. You want it to cook long enough to obtain it's full flavor. On a campfire this process might take ten minutes, depending on the strength of the fire and heat.
Step 6
Remove the pot from the heat using potholders and pour yourself a cup.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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