Percolator Type Coffee Pot

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Percolator Type Coffee Pot

Postby SteveH » Thu May 19, 2005 7:31 am

Maybe this should be in another section, but couldn't figure out a better one, so here it is.

I like coffee, and I don't like it with grounds in it, and instant coffee is, well, you know! I like coffee almost as much as I like beer. So, when camping with only a propane camping stove, the only practical solution is a percolator. Anyway, I had trouble making my coffee percolator work good. It would clog up the holes in the grounds container, run over, and get grounds in the coffee every time. I know, coleman makes a stove operated drip unit, but it's expensive and BIG.

After several failed attemps with different procedures, etc., I came up with a solution that seems to be working great. I drill out all the little holes in the bottom of the grounds container to about 1/8". Then I use a filter for the electric drip pot in the house with a 1/4" hole punched in the center for the tube to go thru. One last thing, after the filter is in the container and the coffee grounds are in the filter, I put the top part of the container on with a "twist" and that sort of turns the filter in at the top making a better container for the grounds out of the filter.

Now I have good coffee when camping...finally!

Sorry for the length of this post, but it's hard to put into words what would take just a second to show.
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Postby Geron » Thu May 19, 2005 7:47 am

We grind our own beans and use a french press. You'll get some sediment (no grounds) in the bottom of your cup but the coffee it makes is worth it. All you have to do is boil (well nearly boil) the water (180 F. is about right.)

Maybe a little extra trouble - not really- and the coffee is great. Would work well in a camping situation with pre-ground coffee.

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Postby Denny Unfried » Thu May 19, 2005 8:15 am

Geron wrote:We grind our own beans and use a french press. You'll get some sediment (no grounds) in the bottom of your cup but the coffee it makes is worth it. All you have to do is boil (well nearly boil) the water (180 F. is about right.)

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I also like to use a French Press and found that a paper filter under the screen works well to keep the sediment from coming through. But - you have to be patient when pushing the plunger down and go very slowly.

Ah, the smell and taste of Gormet coffee in the mountains followed by others like bacon cooking et cetera.

Three more days and I'm off to the Sierras for a week or two with teardrop in tow and my Bodum French press packed in bubble wrap.

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Postby SteveH » Thu May 19, 2005 8:21 am

We've tried a French press (our daughter-in-law has one) and didn't care for the coffee. Additionally, you have to boil the water in another pot, find a place to put the French press that won't be damaged by the heat of the boiling water, and the one she has only makes like four cups at a time. And besides, since the beginning of the Iraqi war, I've sworn off anything associated with France! :R
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Postby Brad Lustig » Thu May 19, 2005 9:42 am

:lol:
Maybe we ought to call it a Freedom Press!
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Postby Geron » Thu May 19, 2005 10:13 am

SteveH wrote:We've tried a French press (our daughter-in-law has one) and didn't care for the coffee. Additionally, you have to boil the water in another pot, find a place to put the French press that won't be damaged by the heat of the boiling water, and the one she has only makes like four cups at a time. And besides, since the beginning of the Iraqi war, I've sworn off anything associated with France! :R


Yeah, they do require a little extra attention. We feel there is enough difference in the brew to justify the extra fuss. Once you get into the routine you hardly think about it.

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Postby dmb90260 » Thu May 19, 2005 10:29 am

I grind my coffee too but I just pour the water through grounds in a coffee filter. I did add a small carafe from Walmart since the glass coffee pot tends to cool down too fast.
You do have to maintain some kind of dining standards, even if it is only at the start of the day. :lol:
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Postby Guest » Thu May 19, 2005 10:30 am

I too use the press...
My niece introduced me to coffee made that way back when I stayed with her for a few days while testing for my contractors licence down in Sacramento in 1992.
I'm a firm believer in leaving the coffee in bean form until it's time to make a pot.
I like my coffee strong and stout... The press gives me the results I want and the coffee gives me effect I want.
Drinking coffee this way has not affect-affect-affected me a bit. ;)
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Postby TomS » Thu May 19, 2005 11:40 am

Both my wife, Wendy, and I are enthusiastic coffee drinkers (read, pathetic caffiene addicts). We've been grinding our beans just before brewing for several years now. The first time we tried it, the we were hooked before that first pot finished brewing. The house filled up with the most wonderful coffee aroma. Ahh.... Heaven.

We have the Coleman brewer. It makes good coffee. Wendy loves it. I hate it. As others have stated, it's bulky and really doesn't pack, store or travel very well. We've tried using percolaters, but they always seem to boil over, making a mess on the stove. I'd love to find a better method.
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Postby Shiro » Thu May 19, 2005 11:59 am

We use an insulated french press. It makes a good amount of coffee and stays hot for hours. It's small to pack and we have a billy to heat water in anyway. It's the way to go for us.
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Postby Syekick » Thu May 19, 2005 12:02 pm

Stop squeezing the stuff. Cold brew. I use the Toddy Coffee brew system a lot of the time. Especially when camping. Just add water to the concentrate, heat, and drink. But when I get behind on making it I revert back to my trusty Bunn.

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Postby Geron » Thu May 19, 2005 1:08 pm

Syekick wrote:Stop squeezing the stuff. Cold brew. I use the Toddy Coffee brew system a lot of the time. Especially when camping. Just add water to the concentrate, heat, and drink. But when I get behind on making it I revert back to my trusty Bunn.

http://www.toddycafe.com (No association, just a fan)

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First I've heard of cold brew. Interesting. :thinking: Nice site and good info.



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Postby bigmcgiv » Thu May 19, 2005 2:09 pm

SLAM A MOUTHFUL OF SANKA AND A BEER TO WASH IT DOWN AND YOUR READY TO GO. :?
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Postby Geron » Thu May 19, 2005 2:32 pm

bigmcgiv wrote:SLAM A MOUTHFUL OF SANKA AND A BEER TO WASH IT DOWN AND YOUR READY TO GO. :?


There's a couple of youse guys been yelling a lot (ALL CAPITALS). Not really that irritating but it really messes up my hearing aids when you yell. They're digital and I can't turn the volume down w/o going to my audiologist. When I open a topic with yelling in it my aids ring right down to my toes. Sos if'n you would just talk in a normal tone of voice all us older guy with hearing aids would be mighty obliged. :twisted:

Deaf old codger,

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Postby madjack » Thu May 19, 2005 6:56 pm

...in deference to and defense of Geron...using all capitals in a posting on a forum board is considered SHOUTING and is generally considered impolite and against etiquette. This is not a slam on anyone, it is just meant to inform...TYVM
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