Most everyone enjoys a morning or evening cup or two of coffee. But what do you do when a disaster occurs and the electrical grid is down for weeks? Your Mr. Coffee or Keurig brewers are useless.
Here’s where camping gear comes into play with the old fashion Percolator to save the day! The Percolator shown below has two purposes, one for making coffee and the other for boiling water for instant soups, dehydrated pouch meals or water for tea etc. You don’t need a camping stove to make it work, a simple campfire will brew and keep the coffee or water hot all day long.
However, there is one obstacle to making coffee in a Percolator, it’s the coffee grind you use at home! Most households only have the finer ‘drip grind’ coffee in the pantry. You need a coarser grind for a Percolator otherwise the drip grind coffee will pass through the holes in the perk brew basket and be in every cup of coffee. Below I’ll show you how I solved that problem using the Mr. Coffee filters.
The Percolator Coffee Pot:
All metal, no plastic or wooden handles which makes it suitable for campfire use.
The coffee brew basket assembly.
The standard Mr. Coffee filter that I modify to use drip grind coffee in a percolator.
I use a pen of pencil and poke a small hole in the center of the filter. The hole is a little smaller than the percolator basket center tube.
This will make a snug fit around the tube so grounds can’t pass by and get into the finished brewed coffee. Slide it over the center tube and push it down and out to fill the basket.
Add the coffee.
Place the basket lid on and insert the assembly into the pot filled with cold water.
Now you’re ready to brew on the camp stove or campfire.