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Makin' coffee over an open fire in the corral, circa 1949.  Ed Smith and daughter Lee
"Makin' Coffee" circa 1949.
The cowboy explains proper technique to his young daughter.  The granite pot is beginning to boil on the remains of a branding fire at  the corral.

Cowboy coffee has been a staple of cowboy cuisine since the days of the great cattle drives.  The mystique of campfire coffee remains strong.  Many techniques and recipes are used.  Here is mine.  I learned how beginning in the photo above.  Let us know your favorite.

Fill coffee pot with COLD water.
Add one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee for each two cups of water.  (Add the coffee directly to the water.)
Bring the water just to a rolling boil.  Take off heat. 
Add a splash (a couple of tablespoons) of cold water.  This is to settle the coffee grounds.  Allow the coffee to set for a couple of minutes for the settling to take place. 
Pour and enjoy a taste of the old west. 



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