When is camping and making coffee the most fun? When you camp around friends who think they can’t drink coffee in the wilderness because there is no electricity for a grinder, coffee maker or espresso machine.
Coffee making at a campsite gives the ego-thirsty camper a chance to show off his or her wilderness cred to those rookie campers in the group.
Because camping is all about innovation anyway, no shortages of coffee-making tricks exist on the trail or at a car camp. However, a handful of methods stick to the tent walls as tried-and-true—some of them dependent on state-of-art devices honed particularly to the camp stove.
How to make Cowboy Coffee
Coffee making in camp doesn’t get as unsophisticated as this. Think of it as the the minimalist’s perfect joe. All you need for cowboy coffee is a kettle to set onto your gas stove or campfire. If backpacking, bring as light of tin as you can to minimize weight. If car-camping, feel free to gain the full esthetic by getting one of those weighty, speckled, porcelain vessels you often see on outdoor retailer or marine surplus shelves.