How to Make Cowboy Coffee

A Quick Step-By-Step Guide For Brewing a Pot of Cowboy Coffee While Tent Camping

Cowboy Coffee Is a Camping Must-Do

Cowboy Coffee Pot Over Fire

With a gentle breeze blowing all around you, a star-filled sky overhead, and a great company of adventure enthusiasts, a camping trip is a perfect escape we all long for every once in a while!

But just because you’re out camping in a tent, it doesn’t mean you have to survive the trip without coffee!

Let’s face it: when the cold sets in and damp mornings roll around, a steaming cup of coffee is all you need to get going and make the most of your camping trip.

Don’t want to bring a complicated brewing system to a fun trip along with you?  Well, you don’t have to!  Whether you’re a regular camper or excited for your first camping getaway this weekend, we’ll tell you how to make excellent flavored cowboy coffee right over a campfire.

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What You Need To Make Cowboy Coffee
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Ingredients and Supplies

Cowboy Coffee Supplies

Preparing cowboy-style coffee requires only a few tools – and the best thing is that you can brew an entire pot all at once to enjoy it with fellow campers!  Here are the supplies you’ll need to get started to make your first pot of cowboy coffee:

  1. Freshly Ground Coffee
  2. Water
  3. Coffee Pot
  4. Small Measuring Cup
  5. Campfire

The Steps To Make Cowboy Coffee

Steps To Make Cowboy Coffee

Follow these steps for a perfectly brewed cowboy coffee while camping:

  1. Add water to the coffee pot (filtered is preferred). Make sure you measure how much water is going into the pot.
  2. Put the pot on the campfire and allow the water to come to a boil.
  3. When the water starts boiling, remove the pot from the fire. Allow it to sit for 30 seconds so that a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit is achieved, which is perfect for brewing coffee.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee to every 8 ounces of water you added to the pot.
  5. Stir the coffee thoroughly.
  6. Let the pot sit for 2 minutes before continuing to stir again.
  7. Leave the coffee pot alone for another 2 minutes.
  8. After 4 minutes of brewing, sprinkle some cold water onto the coffee to make sure it settles down at the bottom.
  9. Pour the coffee into your mug, leaving the grounds in the pot.
  10. Dispose of the used grounds and enjoy your morning or evening cup of joe!

This was the go-to method of brewing coffee for cowboys – we’re certain you’ll love it too!

Pro Tip For A Sweeter Coffee

Cowboy coffee is typically relatively strong and so, if you like your coffee a little on the sweeter side, you may add eggshells to your brew.

Simply put some cracked and washed eggshells in the coffee pot when adding coffee grounds to the water. Let them stay in the pot while brewing and pouring your coffee.

You’ll love how it’ll reduce the bitterness of the coffee and keep the grounds out of the way when you’re pouring yourself a cup!

To get amazing ideas on brewing coffee and to learn about different coffee makers, don’t forget to check out Love My Coffee Cup!

Sheri Renaud |

Sheri is the founder of She loves coffee and starts each and every day with a fresh cup of joe. Most days you will find her in the kitchen experimenting with different coffees and brewing methods. When she’s not in the kitchen, she loves to travel and spend time with her 5lb Yorkie named Bella.

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