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Old 02-08-2017, 01:00 AM   #85
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Me and the Mrs love coffee in the mornings camping and we have a traditional coffee maker for electric hookup sites and a percolator pot for boondocking. Last few times camping we opted for the percolator on the campfire even though we had electricity. Thought about filtering it when pouring to keep grounds out. YMMV
If you boil water in the percolator, and then pour it over the grounds in a filter holder, you keep the grounds out of your coffee and you don't have to rinse grounds out of the percolator.
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If you boil water in the percolator, and then pour it over the grounds in a filter holder, you keep the grounds out of your coffee and you don't have to rinse grounds out of the percolator.
I thought about that Glenn and also wondered if I was doing something wrong with the percolator?:
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At home, it's Peet's Aged Sumatra and French Roast. If we start with good beans, most any of the methods mentioned above will make some great coffee - that and adding a little fresh 1/2 & 1/2. While camping, for us it's simply a teapot and Starbuck's Pike Road and French Roast in the little Via single-serve instant coffee packets - that and adding a little fresh 1/2 & 1/2. Once the water boils, there is no waiting and the only thing to clean is your coffee mug when you're done.
I love Sumatrans (along with many other origins), which can be roasted darker than some keeping a good taste, but I never take roasts to the French Roast level, as they lose too much of the good flavours, along with the caffeine content. This is why diluting the taste with cream makes it better. We each should be drinking what we prefer, I just can't get into cream in my coffee that much, probably because I have never drank it that way.

I have tried the Starbuck's Via packs a few times, hoping they would be a good solution for canoeing trips. They taste too stale to me, being ground long before being used, kinda like those Keurig cups. I imagine adding cream would help smooth that taste out.

I really don't mind the 2 minutes it takes to make a couple cups of fresh ground using my AeroPress, or having to take a little extra kit along. Clean up is nothing more than a quick rinse.
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Years ago before folks ground their own coffee just about every grocery store had A&P coffee. Each store had a grinder. As I recall there was a percolator setting, perhaps to keep the grounds out of the liquid? While I haven't seen Red Circle and Bokar for years, the Eight O'clock in the red bag is still around. I inherited my folks Revereware percolator. Judging by the holes in the basket my bean grinder would grind too fine.
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Years ago before folks ground their own coffee just about every grocery store had A&P coffee. Each store had a grinder. As I recall there was a percolator setting, perhaps to keep the grounds out of the liquid? While I haven't seen Red Circle and Bokar for years, the Eight O'clock in the red bag is still around. I inherited my folks Revereware percolator. Judging by the holes in the basket my bean grinder would grind too fine.
I have ground for percolator coffee quite a few times, just set it to a much coarser setting is all, just as those that pull shots of espresso need to set it really fine.

Raz, is your's maybe one of those twirling kinds, that chop beans as opposed to grinding them? While they can do the job in a pinch, they do produce a very uneven grind, making just about any form of extraction tougher. I would highly recommend using a burr grinder. Some can be had at a fairly decent price too.
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Raz, is your's maybe one of those twirling kinds, that chop beans as opposed to grinding them? .
Yup. But remember, I drink cowboy coffee.
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My dear departed father loved strong coffee, all day long, with lots of cream and sugar. Growing up, he tried and tried to get me to like his coffee, too, so he'd have a coffee-drinking buddy as we delivered truckloads of hay long distances to customers throughout eastern Colorado. I never liked it. Turns out it was the sugar I didn't like. Once I tried coffee with just cream, and got my own thermos jug, we drank lots of coffee together, driving down the road, talking about every topic under the sun. I miss those days, and I miss my Dad dearly, but he left me with a love for a good strong cup of coffee - "Cream please, no sugar"....
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Yup. But remember, I drink cowboy coffee.
What a rebel!

I like to use a coarse grind for cowboy coffee. It can be very good made right.
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My dear departed father loved strong coffee, all day long, with lots of cream and sugar. Growing up, he tried and tried to get me to like his coffee, too, so he'd have a coffee-drinking buddy as we delivered truckloads of hay long distances to customers throughout eastern Colorado. I never liked it. Turns out it was the sugar I didn't like. Once I tried coffee with just cream, and got my own thermos jug, we drank lots of coffee together, driving down the road, talking about every topic under the sun. I miss those days, and I miss my Dad dearly, but he left me with a love for a good strong cup of coffee - "Cream please, no sugar"....
If I was to use anything, it would definitely be the cream, no sugar.
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I thought about that Glenn and also wondered if I was doing something wrong with the percolator?:
You might be. If you perc too hard, the basket can fill and overflow, sending grounds into the coffee. The percolator should only "pop" every 1-3 seconds with a short pause between pops.

If you're using too fine a grind, grounds can get through the holes in the basket and/or clog the holes, causing the basket to overflow. Most pre-ground coffee is a finer grind for drip machines.
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I love Sumatrans (along with many other origins), which can be roasted darker than some keeping a good taste, but I never take roasts to the French Roast level, as they lose too much of the good flavours, along with the caffeine content.
When you roast, do you visually check the roast or do you listen for the second crack?
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You dont know the half of it, I only drink decaf. Milk and sugar too. My mother was a tea drinker. English. Bad influence.
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When you roast, do you visually check the roast or do you listen for the second crack?
I time it from first crack, visually check colour, and listen for second crack. It is rare for me to go more than a few seconds into 2C.
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You dont know the half of it, I only drink decaf too. Milk and sugar. My mother was a tea drinker. English. Bad influence.
I have a few cups of decaf a week too, mostly after supper.
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I time it from first crack, visually check colour, and listen for second crack. It is rare for me to go more than a few seconds into 2C.
Thanks. I visually check the color, but it seems invariably that I end up with a darker roast than I had planned. It is hard for me to hear the second crack.
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