Coffee - "Camp Coffee" AKA "Cowboy Coffee"

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#46
I rarely drink coffee anymore, but "back in the day" in Montana round-up/branding camps . . . if the coffee wouldn't float a horseshoe, it wasn't good coffee . . .
 
#47
I'm not sure what "Cowboy Coffee" is but the way I made coffee at camp for large groups was what we called "Guides Coffee" or "Rolled Coffee". Perhaps the same as Cowboys. It entailed boiling water in large, tall pot (like a big percolator coffee pot without the parts inside), dropping in the coffee grounds and some egg shell, allowing time for brewing, and then pouring in some cold water to settle the grounds to the bottom.
Next best coffee at camp is definitely a percolator on a coleman stove. Pumps out a lot of coffee aroma throughout the camp and helps one get out of the sleeping bag.
Jack
PS Good-quality and taste- coffee is important today. We have become quite sophisticated when it comes to coffee. So, use good quality and take care in preparing it. Can't get away with stale or burnt coffee. Your clients will appreciate your efforts. A good "cuppa" at camp or on a trip will long be remembered.
J
Exactly the same way we did it on the fishing boats in AK
 
#50
With all this talk about coffee, I made a pot of "guides/rolled/cowboy" coffee this afternoon at a gathering out in Port Angeles. I used good quality grounds and mixed the grounds with an egg to make it clumpy. I gotta tell you guys it was outstanding. I haven't made it that way in many years. Smooth yet strong and full bodied. My buddy's wife provided home-made cinnamon buns the size of cinder blocks:). Great stuff!
Jack
 
#52
I like my caffeine. That said, when I hunt and fish I really don't want to drink 20-40 oz of coffee before heading out. I read an article many years ago in Professional Bowhunter magazine written by Cory Matson on the virtues of the marimba. Basically it's a stove top espresso maker that makes a great cup of coffee in short order.
 

Shapp

Active Member
#54
Put in eough cheap coffee in the pot to make your "hecker pard" then top off your cup with some Canadian Hunter to tone the hecker back down, perfect camp mixture for any backcountry acivity not involving projectiles that can kill, grease bombs are ok though :)
 
#55
Well it looks like coffee is different things to different people. I buy green beans and roast them twice a week. Not hard to do, you can use a hot air popcorn popper or one of the home roasters available. Your can roast in a fry pan over a fire at camp or stove. Do you know when your coffee was roasted? Pour over or French Press only for a proper cup. Like so many things you get out what you put in.
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#56
Like Patrick, a couple pages back, my wife is the caffeine fiend. She has to have her espresso and games her machine like a pinball junkie. I'm not so picky but enjoy french press coffee at home. Caution blaspheme follows: On day hikes or camps, I often simply boil water and use the Starbucks Vias, I think their called. Skinny little packets. Finally an instant that tastes very good. I don't drink that much anyway and there is zero cleanup. Not cheap, but tasty simple and quick.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#58
With enough Irish in the coffee, who gives a rat's ass what the coffee tastes like?:D
I always save a little of my strong coffee that I brew first thing, for later in the afternoon. After it cools, a little bit in the bottom of a mug of good Porter or Stout will add some perk to said brew! Nothing like a home made espresso stout!

I just had one that I made with a bottle of Pyramid Outburst! Perfect for when you want to "go off" on some subject! This was an "espresso imperial dry-hopped pale ale!" :rolleyes: Awesome fortification for beach walking during a Spring storm.
 
#59
If you are trying to make a single cup of Coffee I highly recommend the Aeropress. I liked it so much on camping trips that I started using it at home. You can find it here. It makes a good cup of coffee and it cleans itself out during the brewing process so all you have to do is push out the used grinds.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#60
I always save a little of my strong coffee that I brew first thing, for later in the afternoon. After it cools, a little bit in the bottom of a mug of good Porter or Stout will add some perk to said brew! Nothing like a home made espresso stout!

I just had one that I made with a bottle of Pyramid Outburst! Perfect for when you want to "go off" on some subject! This was an "espresso imperial dry-hopped pale ale!" :rolleyes: Awesome fortification for beach walking during a Spring storm.
Big Sky Brewing does a cowboy coffee porter, complete with some grounds every now and again!