Some campers must’ve been familiar with cowboy coffee, a special coffee made during campfire. But, this coffee is also quite famous for its terrible taste. Not because of the coffee grounds, but on the wrong-making process of this coffee. If you want your cowboy coffee tastes good, here are the best ways to make it plus some secret ingredients to make your coffee perfect.
How to Make Cowboy Coffee for the Perfect Camp Coffee
Making your own cowboy coffee is not that complicated since all you need to do is your tin pot, hot and cold water, and coffee grounds. However, the most important thing to consider here is the correct ratio of the water and the coffee ground.
- Boil the Water
The first thing you need to do to make your own cowboy coffee is by boiling the water. Again, you need to pay attention to the ratio of water and coffee ground for your cowboy coffee. To make a tasty cowboy coffee, you can use 8 ounces of water for every 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. You can increase the amount of water as you needed, but you also need to increase the amount of coffee ground.
- Cool the Water
After the water is boiled, you need to immediately cool it down by removing the pot from the fire to lower the water temperature. Let the pot to sit for 30 to 60 seconds. By doing so, the water temperature will be lower to 200°F and it becomes the best temperature to make the coffee. Not only bringing the temperature down, it will prevent the coffee to taste bitter later.
- Add the Coffee Ground
When the water has cooled down, you can add the coffee ground into the pot. Remember that you need to add 2 tablespoons of coffee ground for every 8 ounces of water you use. But, if you want a stronger taste, you can add more coffee ground to the water. After you have done adding the coffee ground to the water, you can stir the coffee for 15 seconds.
- Stir the Coffee
Warm the coffee again and let it simmer. You need to remember that you cannot let the coffee to boil. Then, remove it again from the heat and let it sit for around two minutes. Stir the coffee for 15 seconds and steep it again for two minutes. Sit the coffee for another two minutes to allow the coffee ground to sink to the bottom.
- Add the Cold Water
After you have done making the coffee, you can a little water over the coffee. It will allow the coffee ground to remain to the bottom. But, you need to remember not to add much water because it will make your coffee warm.
Secret Ingredients for Your Cowboy Coffee
Enjoying the cowboy coffee by the campfire is really enjoyable. But sometimes, the bitter taste of the coffee ruins the mood. Don’t worry, there are some ways you can do to reduce the bitterness of the coffee and make the coffee even tastier.
- Add Crushed Eggshell
The first thing you can do to remove the bitter taste of your cowboy coffee is by adding crushed eggshells on the coffee. You can crush the eggshells and coarse powder together, and add it to your coffee.
Stir them together and the eggshells will force the coffee ground to the bottom part of the tin. Plus, the eggshells will reduce the bitterness of the coffee. However, you need to make sure that the eggshells you use come from the hardboiled egg to prevent the bacteria.
- Add a Pinch of Salt
Another way to reduce the bitterness of the coffee is by adding a pinch of salt to the coffee. It won’t make your coffee taste salty. It will help you get a smoother taste instead. But here, instead of adding the salt into the tin, you need to add the salt to your coffee cup. Just add the salt into your coffee cup and stir it.
To make a tasty cowboy coffee, you don’t need any special equipment, but you need to follow each step well. If you want your coffee taste even better, you can add a pinch of salt or crushed eggshells.