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Thread: Cowboy Coffee...good ol perked coffee

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    If anyone cares wanted to pass along my coffee-pot adventure of late. It started last year...when our drip coffee-pot died. We were ready for the first cup, Sunday a.m. and it was DOA. So, I pulled out the old Farberware Percolator I'd had since 1979...dusted it off and proceeded to enjoy best cup I'd had in years. The coffee was HOT and rich. I had forgotten what HOT coffee tasted like, except when camping and DH makes his (in)famous 'cowboy coffee' over the camp-fire. He does this thing with a extra large tin can and coat hanger (for handle) and leather gloves and grounds, etc. Pretty awful looking stuff, have to allow grounds to settle, etc. Well, it makes him happy...so...
    ANYWAY, we used that old Farberware Perc till it finally died. We will never go back to drip method. So the adventure started. I searched high and low, internet/friends/everywhere for an American-made Percolator (stainless steel, not aluminum) to no avail. ONLY if I purchased a vintage model online could I get this. I did buy a nice 12 cup stainless (looked like a bullet, no names) online from Walmart with a two year warranty. I'd read folks were unhappy theirs did not last 6 mo, etc. but thought that must have been isolated events. well, mine lasted 5 months 17 days...I do keep receipts and register new stuff. Yes, Walmart refunded me...
    Again, searched for American made stainless steel, electric, etc. to no avail...unless I bought vintage. I checked out the "camping" models. No reason cannot be used on stove-top, right? But most were aluminum (NOT HAPPENING!) and flimsy so would not last.
    OK, I finally found a 'good-un' so am passing along my find if anyone cares: Farberware 8 cup (stove-top) Percolator. Walmart has a stainless steel (insides too, no aluminum) percolator, and it's only $20 (free to ship to store). We've been using it for a few weeks. Even took it on a camping trip...PTL-NO GROUNDS! (DH even admitted he likes it better than his 'cowboy coffee' method.) The interior grounds basket edge rolls "out" vs. "in" Yea! That "bullet" model I had to return to Wally-world had it turned in towards interior so grounds could catch inside...kinda turned me off. I like stuff CLEAN. Anyway, this ends my coffee-saga. Hope you enjoyed the journey. Come for a great cup-a-joe anytime! :thumbup:

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    We drink our coffee made this way, when the power goes out during storms. My husband sets the camping stove outside and makes our coffee.

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    I still use my percolator that I picked up from somewhere.

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    Sounds like a bumpy ride ... but the destination ended smoothly ... nothing like a good cup of coffee :)

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    We use percs when camping and I agree...the coffee is MUCH hotter.

    One thing I found...the stainless steel one we had at first had a plastic "thing" in the lid. That plastic got cloudy after repeated use and we couldn't see what color the coffee is. :) I determine whether it's done by the color. We bought an aluminum one with a glass dome thingy and it works JUST as well as the stainless steel. We've used this one for 7 yrs now and have no complaints. But I AM spoiled...hot or not, I use the coffeemaker at home...and it's DONE when I wake up!!!! aaaaaahhhhh life is good.

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    Thank you for the information. I don't like most coffee, and didn't make myself too popular in Star Bucks by commenting (to a friend when we were almost out the door) that no one made good old truck stop coffee any more, and charged 20 times what it had cost!!

    But I did get to talk to two charming older men who were there and agreed with me whole heartedly. They also remembered the
    old fashioned brisk taste of real, hot coffee.

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    I used to have the timer/programmable one too (drip). But DH gets up for work at 4:30am...and usually makes the coffee. He leaves some in a carafe for me to enjoy when I first get up. He makes all but that little bit in his thermos for work. I still make more later. SO, HE is my programmable coffee maker. LOL! He is such a sugar-bee too....I love your picture of the little 'sugarbee!'

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    One thing about the clear bubble I'd read was folks were unhappy about some breaking frequently. An 'ol timer wrote in to explain to tighten it, THEN loosen it just a little bit. This would allow for the difference in materials. I've been doing as he suggested. NO breakage has occurred. The Farberware I've got has a plastic "bubble" thingie...but same information applies...I guess. Once again, give me wisdom and experience anytime!

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    I let it "brew" one minute for every cup. Guess we like it extra-strong around here...so actually use loads of coffee and let perk longer. HOT SMOOTH NUTTY flavor. I'm not just saying this, it's the best stuff. I'll NEVER use drip again.

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    I prefer percolated coffee too, it tastes soooo much better :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I still use my percolator that I picked up from somewhere.
    I just now remembered how my friends make their "camp" coffee. The night before they would start the coffee; this is just one of those coffee pots without the percolator bin in it. They used a muslin bag to hold the grounds. They would then bring the pot up to a good simmer, then take it off the fire. The next morning they would then put the pot on the fire & bring it up to a full boil.

    For the record, that coffee would wake the dead.

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    About a year ago I decided that I really didn't care for drip coffee and LOVED the coffee from my younger days. I still had my corningware pot however it was way too big (10 cups) for me. I did make a few pots to see if I still liked it better then dripped before I started on my quest for a percolator. I found a new in box 6 cup vintage clear glass pryex percolator on e-bay. It was the best thing I ever bought. I make a pot of coffee have 2 mugs and put the rest in a thermos so it is hot for later in the day.

    My grandpa was from Poland and everyone once in awhile I make coffee the way he did. It tastes great but it is more as a reminder to me of having coffee and toast with grandpa.
    This is what he would do. He put a few cups of water in a sauce pan along with a few spoonfuls of coffee, some sugar and milk. He would let it come to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Let it sit for a minute or 2 so that the ground went to the bottom of the pot and then pour into a cup with a saucer, no mugs with grandpa. Now that was the best coffee in the world. Grandpa also put lemon juice in tuna that was yummo too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I still use my percolator that I picked up from somewhere.
    I just now remembered how my friends make their "camp" coffee. The night before they would start the coffee; this is just one of those coffee pots without the percolator bin in it. They used a muslin bag to hold the grounds. They would then bring the pot up to a good simmer, then take it off the fire. The next morning they would then put the pot on the fire & bring it up to a full boil.

    For the record, that coffee would wake the dead.
    I BELIEVE YOU! Bet it would remove wallpaper too if need be.

    :-D

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    I BELIEVE YOU! Bet it would remove wallpaper too if need be.

    :-D[/quote]

    LOL - the guys would use the coffee leftovers to clean their black-powder rifles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trupeach1
    About a year ago I decided that I really didn't care for drip coffee and LOVED the coffee from my younger days. I still had my corningware pot however it was way too big (10 cups) for me. I did make a few pots to see if I still liked it better then dripped before I started on my quest for a percolator. I found a new in box 6 cup vintage clear glass pryex percolator on e-bay. It was the best thing I ever bought. I make a pot of coffee have 2 mugs and put the rest in a thermos so it is hot for later in the day.

    My grandpa was from Poland and everyone once in awhile I make coffee the way he did. It tastes great but it is more as a reminder to me of having coffee and toast with grandpa.
    This is what he would do. He put a few cups of water in a sauce pan along with a few spoonfuls of coffee, some sugar and milk. He would let it come to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Let it sit for a minute or 2 so that the ground went to the bottom of the pot and then pour into a cup with a saucer, no mugs with grandpa. Now that was the best coffee in the world. Grandpa also put lemon juice in tuna that was yummo too.
    My father-in-law used the clear glass stove-top perk too. He had a stock-pile of the glass innerds and pots, so when/if the glass stuff broke he could maintain this method. Those are avail on ebay, etc. Lots of 'em around for folks. I just did not want to have to get into breakables. The white corning ware pots are out there too. There was some safety issue with the electric parts for "plug-in" method. So sellers don't provide 'em. See, I really really did try to find a solution to my problem. Vintage American stainless or porcelain would be my only choice on electric perc. Nothing today not made in China. Nothing today with long-life of these old products. They are still avail. I do love e-bay, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I BELIEVE YOU! Bet it would remove wallpaper too if need be.

    :-D
    LOL - the guys would use the coffee leftovers to clean their black-powder rifles.[/quote]

    Somehow - This does NOT surprise me. Oh, and used to soak wounds in kerosene we'd go straight to ER over too, right? I think I know these 'ol timers!

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    Can I tell you folks about one other coffee item? When I JUST want a single mug I use one of the contraptions used for Vietnamese Iced Coffee. It's a mini-sized perk "insides" which sets on the top of the mug. It just works so well, and does a nice job too...so passing this info along too. Got mine years ago at the Vietnamese Grocery in my area. It takes a single spoonfull of coffee, and partially fasten the top sieve over the coffee. Then pour thru the hot water til filled. Keep filling as empties...so exactly amount needed for your particular mug. So tiny, but very effective.

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