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  • What is the best coffee maker, percolator, for camping?

    What is the best coffee maker, percolator, for camping?

  • #2
    If your packing into the back country the percolator takes up a lot of room in your pack. I like the tea bag style coffee bags you can just dip in hot water.

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    • #3
      Oops. May be I should finish before I hit enter.

      Otherwise coffee from the percolator is the best there is.

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      • #4
        Take a look at the stainless coffee pots offered by Cabelas. They range in size from the small 2-3 cup pots to a behemouth that will distill enough early morning gitup to satisfy any coffee slugging hunt camp.

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        • #5
          You can pick up an 'ol percolator at garage sales, or if you have access to electric,the tea bag style coffe bags, as buckhunter mentioned, is primo even with a microwave or a hot campfire.

          If I'm runnin' late, a Red Bull will satisfy my gitty-up!

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          • #6
            Tea bag coffee is the best and easiest for the backcountry, perculators work good for the roadside trips.

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            • #7
              I've been accused of being both a coffee and a beer snob (both are probably true).

              Anyways, If you ask me there is only one way to make coffee in the woods. Its called a french press (I use one in my kitchen most of the time too)

              Percolators let the coffee re-circulate over the grinds for too long and at too high a temperature. This lets the water not only pull out the flavor molecules but also bitter chemicals in the beans. French presses don't do this, so you get full-strength coffee flavor goodness without the bitterness that makes you want cream and sugar.

              Trust me, try making a batch of french press coffee and percolator coffee at the same time and do a taste test, you'll never go back.

              They are definitely smaller and lighter than a percolator for back-country duty too. Though they are still a little to bulky for hard-core backpacking where you have to settle for the tea bags.

              You can pick one up at your local walmart, target, gander mtn, etc.. for under $20

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_press

              ....mmmmm

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              • #8
                Try a jetboil if you're someplace where a fire isn't practical.

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                • #9
                  I'm gonna change my answer. Any coffee is good coffee in the field.

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                  • #10
                    buckhunter is right and it's even better after the hunt with a shot of Irish cream.
                    I have one of those French presses among other pots. My son is a coffee snob. Gets his beans from a place called Monmouth Street Coffee Co, London England. It's good stuff but runs about 15 bucks a pound IMS. The press is made of glass. I wouldn't try to pack one.

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                    • #11
                      Dump your grounds into a empty coffee can full of water boiling over the fire. Remove, add a little cold water to settle the grounds and pour.

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                      • #12
                        Ken I really like the idea of the French press, I think I will see if there is one durable enough to pack on horses. Del I have used your method many times when I didn't take a percolator which is inconvienant not so much due to weight as bulk. I usually pack the coffee in the pot to conserve space. Salt Lake Roasting is an excellent coffee choice, look them up on the web. Among their various gourmet choices is a non-gourmet blend called Morning Thunder that will get you going each day.

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                        • #13
                          Del stole my answer with one exception and this is no joke, but I can think of a few snide remarks to make though I won't, I'll leave that up to you. Use a pot or can to boil the water but before you even leave home take a pair of 'clean' womens nylons and cut they up into pouches large enough to hold enough grounds to make a good pot and tie them off. Don't use a plastic twist tie. Now just throw one into boiling water, good clean coffee. Let the jokes begin.

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                          • #14
                            empty coffee CAN, put grains in bttm, boil water and let grains settle to bttm and pour off top.

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                            • #15
                              Use a Jet boil its great.

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