If you end up without electricity, and you also have a love for coffee, knowing how to make prepper coffee is a must!
This is an alternative to using a bodum (if you happen to have one), but making prepper coffee is much easier since it eliminates an extra item you need, since it is just made in a regular pot. Which also means if you need to travel on foot, you don’t need to find the room and weight to pack a bodum, when there will arguably be much more important things you will want to use that space/weight for instead.
While many preppers refer to this type of coffee as prepper coffee, it has also been long known as cowboy coffee, because both pioneers and cowboys on the trail would make their coffee this way each morning.
And the heat source needed can be quite varied. You could use a stovetop with a generator, a wood burning stove, a camp stove (such as a propane one) or even a campfire.
Prepper coffee, also known as “cowboy coffee,” is a simple and traditional way to make coffee using only a few basic ingredients. Here are the steps to make prepper coffee:
- Coffee grounds
- Large pot
- Heat source (e.g. stove, campfire)
- Fill the pot with water and heat it over a heat source (stove, campfire, etc) until it comes to a boil.
- Once the water has reached a rolling boil, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. This will prevent the coffee from being scalded by boiling water.
- Add one tablespoon of coffee grounds per 8 ounces of water to the pot. Stir the coffee grounds in the water to distribute them evenly.
- Let the coffee steep for 4-5 minutes. During this time, the coffee grounds will settle to the bottom of the pot.
- Using a ladle or a large spoon, carefully pour the coffee into cups, being careful not to disturb the coffee grounds at the bottom of the pot.
- Enjoy your prepper coffee!
Note: If you don’t have a strainer or a coffee filter, you can use a clean cloth or a bandana (like cowboys used!) to strain the coffee as you pour it into cups. This will remove the majority of the coffee grounds, but some may still remain.
If you have cinnamon, some people like to add a bit of cinnamon to the water for a bit of added flavor, if you so desire.