Every hard-working cowboy needs a little pick-me-up. Real-life cowboy Kent Rollins breaks down the recipe and instructions for authentic "cowboy coffee" in this tutorial. And although it's not as quick as popping a K-Cup into your Keurig coffee maker and quickly making a cup of joe on the go, this brewing method is cowboy-approved. Plus it's a nice change for people that already use ground coffee for a french press or are brewing coffee in a traditional pot.
"Simplest thing in the world," Rollins says. "Got three ingredients: coffee, water, fire."
While Rollins says his favorite way to brew up hot water for his pot of coffee is over a campfire, you can also be a barista by brewing cowboy coffee over another heat source like a wood stove. Grab your coffee cup and coffee beans and make yourself a great-tasting cup of joe just like you're out on the range.
The biggest secret to this recipe is in the boiling. Boiling coffee takes out the acidity of the beans. Therefore it prevents acid reflux and indigestion. So if you want the best coffee ever, Rollins says to boil it. Who knew you could make seriously good coffee over a campfire?
Next, fill a three-quart coffee pot with water up to the spout. Then, warm the water on high heat. Once it's warm, add about 3/4 cup of coffee grounds and leave it on the fire until it reaches a rolling boil. After that, remove the pot of boiling water and coffee grounds from the heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes of brewing.
Pour about half a cup of cold water down the spout. Just a little cold water will cause the grounds to settle at the bottom of the pot, which is what you want for some great coffee.
Now you're ready to enjoy your freshly-brewed pot of cowboy coffee! Not only will this give you a taste of cowboy life out on the range, but its a perfect way to get your morning pick me up on your next camping trip.
This post was originally published on April 18, 2017.