Heading into the deep wilderness for a long backpacking trip and have no space for your coffee gear? Then cowboy coffee is the brewing method for you.
Cowboy coffee has a certain reputation... and it's not good. Typically, people make cowboy coffee by grabbing some leftover grounds from the back of their pantry that are 4 years old, boil up some water, throw however much coffee grounds they feel like, wait until the pot boils over, and then try to enjoy some "coffee" that is bitter and weak at the same time. But it doesn't have to be this way. Cowboy coffee can be good! Just follow these steps below to make the best cowboy coffee you've ever had.
TOTAL BREW TIME: 4:00
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
Place your kettle on your heat source to start to heat your water. You're going to want your water to be around 200 degrees, the easiest way is to bring your water to a boil, and then remove from your heat source for about 30-60 seconds.
Add in 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 8 fl oz of water you have in your kettle.
Stir the grounds into the water, then let sit for 2 minutes.
Stir the grounds again, then let sit for another 2 minutes (total of 4 minutes brewing).
Sprinkle a little bit of cold water into your kettle to make the grounds settle to the bottom instead of floating on top (which will help with step 6)
Pour your coffee into your mug slowly, careful to avoid pouring the grounds into your cup!