My New, Old Fashioned Coffee Pot

Fall camping is right around the corner for us again!  We have not boon-docked on our camping trips so far, except for one quick night in route to another destination.  Hopefully in a couple of weeks, though, we will finally make our first boon-docking trip.  The campground will have some facilities nearby, but no direct hookups will be available for our RV.

Since I have a fairly slow week this week, I’ve been working on some of the changes that we need to make for this next trip.  Even though we have a good Onan generator, we are going to try to use it as little as possible on this trip, since the hours are pretty limited for generators in the campground anyway.  We are looking forward to “getting away from it all” a bit more on this trip, and we don’t mind being without a few conveniences to do that.  I will confess that I will likely miss using my crock pot on this trip, though.  Crock pots are so great to use when we go camping in our RV.

One of the first things that has stood out to me is the fact that all of our small appliances will not work unless we run our generator.  Even though we are planning to use our propane stove inside and the propane grill outside for our meal preparations, we are still left with no way to brew our coffee, since we only have an electric coffee maker in the motor home.  Doing without our morning coffee is just not an option for us, as we really enjoy our morning coffee before and with breakfast when we go camping.  So, I started looking for other options.  I considered buying VIA instant coffee, as those single serving packets are actually quite good when mixed in hot water.  But, after doing a bit more research, I decided to opt for a more traditional camping solution by buying a camping percolator at Gander Mountain.

Camping Percolator – Red

Isn’t this the cutest thing?  I’ve never owned a traditional percolator in my life, but I remember my parents using their percolator on the stove every morning.  I could not remember specifically how to use one, so I looked up instructions on the internet, reading several different posts to make sure I got consistent instructions.  We only brew premium coffee in our big coffee maker at home and when camping, so I don’t ever want to waste any coffee if I can help it.  I simply bought a pound of fresh coffee and had the Barista grind it for the percolator with a coarse grind, which is the grind that this type of coffee pot needs.  I also used a regular coffee filter in the basket for the grounds and just gently cut a small hole with a sharp knife in the center to fit it tightly on the stem.  This may be an unnecessary step, but I wanted to make sure that no grounds got in the coffee.

Percolator Basket with Regular Filter

For this first pot, I used six Tbsp. coffee, six cups filtered water and brewed it for six minutes, commencing that time when the water in the lid just started to turn brown.  After the coffee finished brewing, I removed the pot from the burner and let it sit for a couple of minutes to let the coffee finish dripping from the basket.  At that point, I just removed the basket, replaced the pot lid and put the pot back on the burner turned down to the lowest heat setting.  This was really good coffee, too.  I like my coffee hot, and sometimes our drip makers don’t brew the coffee hot enough for my taste.  Lukewarm coffee was not an issue at all with this cup.  Yum!

Watching coffee percolate for the first time in more than thirty years actually brought back some nice memories of family and waking up in the mornings as a kid to the smell of fresh coffee on the stove.  It also reminded me of classic Maxwell House commercials that we saw on TV growing up.

I just love the sight and sound of percolating coffee.  We will certainly enjoy having our new, old-fashioned coffee pot on our next RV trip, and my cute little red percolator may have to stay here at home when we aren’t camping, too.

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