Percolator coffee

Brewing coffee in a percolator on a campfire or cooker is a traditional and simple method. Here is a basic recipe for brewing coffee using a percolator:


  • Percolator VH1.7P
  • Coffee (If available a medium grind. This is a slightly coarser grind than regular filter coffee)
  • Water
  • Campfire or cooker


  1. Fill the percolator with water, minimum 0.7L and maximum 1.3L. The amount of water depends on the desired strength of the coffee and the size of your percolator. In any case, the water should not touch the bottom of the coffee tray.
  2. Add the desired amount of ground coffee to the coffee tray, but be careful not to mash it firmly. A good rule of thumb is about 1 tablespoon of coffee per cup of water, but feel free to adjust this to taste. 
  3. Place the coffee tray in the percolator.
  4. Put the lid on the percolator by placing "the nose" of the lid on the same side as the handle. Put the nose under the rim first and then press the rest of the lid.
  5. Place the percolator on (the grid above) the campfire or on a cooker.
  6. Wait for the water in the percolator to start boiling. This may take some time, depending on the heat source and the amount of water.
  7. Once the water boils, the steam pressure starts pushing the water up through the coffee tray and allows it to flow through the percolator.
  8. Let the coffee simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes, depending on the desired strength. Often, when the bubbling has stopped or greatly reduced, the percolator can be removed from the heat.
  9. Remove the percolator from the heat and leave it for a while to let the coffee settle.
  10. Serve the coffee and enjoy!

It may take some experimentation to find the ideal ratio of coffee and water, as well as the right brew time, depending on your personal taste. Adjust the amount of coffee and brew time to make the coffee exactly to your preference.

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