Turkish Cowboy Coffee
Excerpted from Ultralight Backpackin' Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips for Extremely Lightweight Camping by Mike Clelland!
This is an easy way to make exceptionally wonderful coffee in the backcountry, and it’s UL groovy. It is a combo of Turkish and cowboy styles, integrating the best of each technique. This system factors in my impatience, so it works well for me.
The Turkish solo cup of goodness:
A. Start with the actual coffee beans, use the inkiest and oiliest beans you can find. Either French Roast or Espresso roast.
B. Grind the beans as fine as you possibly can. A specialty coffee shop will accommodate your needs. Most grocery stores provide a burr style grinder, this will have a Turkish setting at the farthest end of the dial. The ground coffee should end up looking like chocolate cake flour.
C. Pack the coffee in two bags, one inside the other. The aroma is so overpowering that everything in your pack will smell like coffee if you just single bag.
D. In the field, bring your cup of water to a boil, and take it off the heat, pour this water into your mug.
E. Add one heaping spoonful to your mug and stir. The spoon itself will get stained and oily if you use it to stir, so just use the spoon to plop it into your cup, and then use a stick to stir.
F. Wait. How long? Hard to say, I am antsy and impatient, so this is a tricky question. Let’s say less than a minute.
G. Drink. (good, isn’t it!)
H. Be careful, there is a layer of gooey stuff at the bottom of your cup, known affectionately as the sludge. No matter how tempting, do not drink the sludge. Trust me on this.
The tried and true COWBOY option is good if there are two coffee drinkers sharing a pot.
(Follow steps A thru C from above)
D. Bring your pot of water to a boil, take it off the heat, and put it in the insulating cozy.
E. Add two spoonfuls of coffee to the pot, stir with a stick.
F. Wait. During the waiting time, you can stir gently, and tap the sides of the pot to get the fine little grounds to settle. Maybe toss a pebble in.
G. Carefully pour the coffee from the pot into the cups being hyper aware of the sludge. The longer you wait, the less sludge. Okay, now drink