Learning how to use a coffee percolator for camping is not an insurmountable task.
The first thing you need to do is have a suitable percolator coffee pot for an open fire. These are available in different capacities determined by the number of cups one can hold.
Consequently, it is up to you to decide the adequate size depending on how much coffee you will be making.
You will need to understand what makes up your percolator. There are four main components in each of them. There is a basket, a basket lid, a stem and an outer pot.
Once your camp fire is going, add water in the pot and place the basket plus the stem inside.
At this point, you should add the coffee considering the number of cups you want. After this, you can place the top on the basket.
Transfer the whole pot to your camp fire and wait for it to come to a near boil. I recommend using a grate over the fire if you have one in your gear for stability purposes and safety.
Do not let it boil too vigorously since the water will start overflowing.
You need to keep it on a simmer while checking that it is bubbling into the glass.
Keep this going for a few minutes but consider that the time might be longer depending on the amount of water you are using. The time will also depend on how strong you like your coffee.
After the coffee is ready, take the pot from the fire but be careful to protect your hands from the hot pot. You can set up cups with cream, sugar or milk as you like. Pour the coffee into the cups through the pot’s spout.
Once you have had enough coffee, clean out the pot and empty the basket.
Do not leave the pot without cleaning it, since it could stain on the inside.
Therefore, the best thing to do is practice the above steps at home for a couple of times before your trip.
You can use the percolator over your gas stove and get the same results as on a camp fire.
In order to simmer it when using a stove, all you have to do is turn down the heat.
A benefit of practicing using the pot at home is that you get to know how much coffee works best for you.
Try with a teaspoon of ground coffee per cup and check how strong this is.
If it is too weak, you can increase the amount of time you let it simmer.
On the other hand, if it is too strong, reduce the amount of coffee per cup or let it simmer for a shorter time.
After a couple of tries, you will be an expert in brewing your coffee perfectly.