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Camping Cowboy Coffee Recipe

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Enjoying the countryside cowboy style cannot be beaten. There’s something special about sleeping under the stars around a fire. The smell of grass permeating the clean air is an experience in itself.

And if you want to enjoy the outdoors even more, you need a nice, warm cup of coffee.
The camping cowboy recipe below is perfect for that. Bring a kettle with you, some water and ground coffee because we’re making coffee cowboy style! 

Here’s what you need to know about this rustic, strong drink. What’s not to love about it?

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What goes into a camping cowboy coffee?

For starters, you need a kettle. I have a four-cup kettle that’s simply perfect for the job. You’ll also need a fire and somewhere to place your kettle on over the flames.

The rest is ground coffee and water. Make sure you use finely ground coffee because cowboys didn’t use filters or fancy espresso machines; we’re making a murky but intensely flavorful coffee.

The next time you go camping, bring with you sugar as well or your favorite sweetener. A splash of milk is very much welcomed, of course. Now, how to make cowboy coffee?

How to make camping cowboy coffee?

The secret behind this affordable and effortless type of coffee is bringing the water to a boil and adding the coffee, just like that. Then you stir and let the coffee rest — do that a couple of times. Then comes a fundamental cowboy technique. 

Since the coffee grounds will be floating in the freshly brewed coffee, you must make the sediments precipitate, and for that, we’re adding a splash of cold water. The coffee grounds will magically sink.

Pour the coffee gently without disturbing the sediments and rinse the kettle well before preparing the next batch. Yes, you’ll want to make a second batch and a third one after that!

What are the best ingredients for cowboy coffee?

For this one, I recommend medium-roast Arabica, nothing too strong or charred. We want cowboy coffee fruity and round and not astringent. Use brown sugar as a sweetener as well; you’ll love it.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Serving Size4
  • Energy2 cal




Bring four cups of water to a boil over the fire. Add the coffee grounds and stir.


Let the coffee sit for 3-4 minutes and stir again.


Let stir a few minutes once again and stir.


Pour the cold water into the coffee; the grounds will precipitate to the bottom of the pot.


Pour into two cups without disturbing the sediment.


Sweeten to taste and enjoy.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size4
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories2
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat0.1 g78 g0.13%
  • Sodium5 mg2300 mg0.22%
  • Protein0.3 g50 g0.6%
  • Potassium116 mg4700 mg2.47%
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