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Cowboy Coffee Recipe

Cowboy Coffee Recipe

One of our favorite camping memories is sitting around a campfire talking and laughing with friends while the smell of freshly brewing coffee on the campfire is wafting in the air around us.

Coffee was intended for the camp master back then, but as we grew older, camping was made sweeter by the ability to enjoy a warm cup of joe by the campfire.

We remember we used to call it Cowboy Coffee back then, and it was a pleasant surprise when campfire coffee is actually called Cowboy Coffee.

In this recipe, we tell you how to make a great tasting cup of coffee exactly the way we do it.

Seasoning your Coffee Pot

Seasoning your pot has the same process as seasoning a cast-iron skillet.

Seasoning is said to give you not just a better flavor overall, but it helps extend the life of your coffee pot.

Cowboy Coffee Recipe

For a new pot to have that layer of seasoning, here are the steps.

  • First, fill the pot with water, then add the brew you prefer.
  • It needs to be brought in a rolling boil not less than ten minutes.
  • After that, just let the pot sit for a full day.

In this way, you are allowing the pot to absorb the coffee taste and aroma.

The best pot for seasoning are graniteware pots or enamel pots, you can use stainless steel ones too, but it will take longer for them to develop a layer of seasoning.

For this method to work best, it’s essential never to use soap to clean your coffee pot.

Wiping the pot instead with a cotton cloth and oil — in our case, grapeseed oil works best —will be effective and keep the layer of your seasoning.

Cowboy Coffee Recipe

cowboy coffee recipe

Cowboy Coffee Recipe


  • Any coffee grounds of your choosing either whole beans or pre-ground coffee
  • A tin coffee pot or any available coffee pot
  • Water
  • Heat Source


  1. Fill the saucepan or the granite or enamel coffee pot with water to the bottom of the sprout or however much water you want to.
  2. Place the stove to high or place the coffee pot carefully and bring water to a boil.
  3. If the water is a little bit warmed, add the coffee grounds of your choice either whole or ground coffee.
  4. Once in a rolling boil, remove the pot from the heat source and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  5. This is to ensure that the temperature of the water inside drops at least 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. A compendium believes as the best temperature to brew your coffee.
  7. The ratio of coffee grounds to water is 1:4, so for every 8 ounces of water, measure two tablespoons of coffee grounds will be added to the hot water.
  8. Stir the coffee with the water thoroughly.
  9. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then begin stirring again; rest for another couple of minutes, then stir again.
  10. If four minutes of brewing time has passed, pour 1/2 cup of cold water on the pot to make the grounds settle on the bottom of the pot.
  11. Slowly pour the Cowboy Coffee into your mug.
  12. Serve your cowboy coffee and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 900mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 10gSugar: 20gProtein: 13g

Tips and Tricks to the Perfect Cowboy Coffee Cup

  • The longer you boil the Cowboy Coffee in the pot, the stronger it will taste; adjust the coffee grounds to your desired level of strength. 
  • We found out that the bigger the coffee grounds you will brew, the longer it will take for it to cook and brew; we choose to use pre-ground coffee just for this reason and if you have whole ground coffee, just consider to grind it a little. 
  • Cold water works best to settle the grounds at the bottom of the pot; it is best to keep it beside you in boiling to have easier access and faster ground settling.  
  • If you have no access to cold water, running a cloth on the top surface of the brew can get rid of some of the remnants of the coffee beans.
  • If you plan to brew Cowboy Coffee regularly, it is best to take care of your coffee pot by pre-seasoning it. 
  • The best thing about making a lot is that you can strain the remaining beans and keep them in a thermos or a mason jar to be preheated later. 


What’s the secret ingredient in Cowboy Coffee?

The secret ingredient to make Cowboy Coffee is the addition of salt.

Just simply sprinkle some on the saucepan or an old-fashioned coffee pot, and you are good to go.

Try crushed eggshells if you are looking for a more unorthodox secret ingredient that so many people swear by and prefer.

Ground some eggshells finely and put them in place of the salt in your saucepan or your old-fashioned coffee pot, and you are good to go and ready to enjoy your cup or cups of cowboy coffee!

Why is Cowboy Coffee so good?

There is an adage that the original is much better, and you cannot get more vintage with the process of how to make Cowboy Coffee. 

A Cowboy Coffee that is made right is probably the smoothest tasting coffee you will ever have. 

Usually, people don’t drink coffee because it upsets their stomachs, such as in the case of acid reflux, but the trick is to boil the coffee correctly to avoid such problems. 

With Cowboy Coffee being boiled for more extended periods, it is unlikely to upset the stomach by drinking it. 

The prolonged brewing of the coffee beans will take out the bitter taste and will boil the acid out of the coffee bean, giving you sweet and smooth Cowboy Coffee. 


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