And just how do you have coffee while camping and constantly on the road? Aside from the obvious answer of stopping somewhere, we have my great-aunt’s coffee percolator. My mother pulled it off the top shelf in the kitchen and said her aunt used to use it all of the time. She also gave me a recipe for cowboy coffee involving a pot, coffee grounds, and a raw egg, but I didn’t quite trust myself with a raw egg and consuming coffee. So… I opted for the percolator.
The result? Umm…it didn’t work. Apparently it used to take hours. Or maybe the barbecue just didn’t get hot enough. Vinny and I are very good at finding local coffee shops with good coffee, so we haven’t tried the percolator on the open fire yet, but we will. That is a Smokey-Joe Weber grill, if you’re wondering. It’s so much easier for cooking than an open campfire – in most cases.
I still like the percolator, though. Perhaps I should have practiced it at home. That is one of our many road trip lessons.
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My grandparents still make their coffee with a percolator every day (on the stove). It heats up fast … maybe the barbecue wasn’t hot enough, like you said.
Point well taken about trying something out at home before using it on a road trip. I’m disappointed to see the percolator didn’t work, because I could see using one on my next road trip. I’m pretty picky about the quality of my coffee–nothing is worse than getting a cup at some gas station, pulling back onto the highway….and then taking your first sip of bitter, burnt swill!
Jennifer: Yes, I figure I’ll try it over an open campfire…or maybe I’ll practice on the stove first. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Road Trip Ready: I totally understand wanting a good cup of coffee. I love good, strong, bold coffee and not bitter, burnt swill! I’m sure you could get the percolator to work – let me know the trick!