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Video:How to Make Coffee Over a Campfire

with Andy Tran

Using a french press is an effective way to make coffee over a campfire. Learn how to set up a two-point fire and use a french press to make coffee over a campfire in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Coffee Over a Campfire

Hi, I'm Andy Tran for About.com, and today we're going to make coffee over a campfire. 

Materials for Making Coffee Over a Campfire

The first thing you'll need is a french press. The ones used for backpacking and outdoor use are generally made of a more durable material like this one which is polycarbonate. You'll also need a tablespoon for measuring. Of course wood for the campfire, and a way to light it. A bottle of water. I generally like containers with gradients on it so I can see how much I am using, and how much I have. You'll need a kettle, or a small pot. And of course you will need your favorite blend of coffee. You'll need it to be medium to coarse grind since you'll be using it with a french press. 

How to Set Up a Two-Point Campfire

The first thing we're going to need to do is prepare our firesite. For cooking, a two point fire works the best. There are many variations of the two point firesite. This one is called a keyhole fire because of it's shape. The man circular part is to house the main fire and create coals. The portrusion also known as the keyslot is used for holding cooking vessels and introducing coals to heat food and water. If flat rocks can't be found for the keyslot, logs are a good substitute. As your fire is developing coals, lets go ahead and prepare everything else.  

How to Make Coffee Over a Campfire

Go ahead and pour 8 ounces of water into your kettle or small pot. Each 8 ounces of water you're going to want 2-3 tablespoons of coffee grounds. Go ahead and put the coffee grounds into the french press. Once you have mature coals, go ahead and put them into the keyslot, and put your kettle or pot over it. If you got water from a natural source, and has not been chemically treated, be sure to bring it to a rolling boil. This will make sure no bacteria will make you sick. 

Once the water is boiling, pour it over the coffee grounds. Let the coffee brew for 3-4 minutes. Since water boils are lower temperatures at higher elevations, it might be neccessary to add 1-2 minutes. After the brewing period, attach the lid with the filter assembly, and slowly press the filter to the bottom. The last step is ti pour it into a cup to avoid over-brewing. At this point, you can add powdered creamer, or sugar to taste. And enjoy!

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