Cowboy Coffee Is So Easy – a Caveman Can Do It

steaming pot of coffeeYou like the idea of living life without regret, and will do what it takes to do just that. You are not afraid to get your hands dirty and live without boundaries. Most importantly, you have a love for a good cup of coffee like no other. You, my friend, are a cowboy in the modern day. You want to wake up in the morning, or come home after a busy day and have a fantastic cup of coffee.

Do you wrangle cattle? Probably not. Does it matter? Nope. Cowboy coffee offers the kick you need along with the modern yet rustic lifestyle that you crave.

“But…it will be so hard to do!” Pffsht. No. Creating the perfect cup of Cowboy Coffee is actually so easy, a caveman can do it. Or modern man. Or modern woman. Or dog (if they had thumbs). You get the idea. It’s stupid simple, and will only take you a time or two to not only perfect, but to create the taste and strength that is perfect for you. Proceed accordingly:

Water. Great coffee starts with water. It doesn’t have to be great water, but the worse the water, the more coffee you will need to offset those unsavory watery-like-qualities. For the sake of this blog, we will assume that your water is average tap water. Use about 6 cups. Pour in pot. Place on stove. Turn on medium.

Coffee. After a few minutes, when the water is just over room temperature, add your ground Cowboy Coffee. Around ¼ of a cup works well for this amount of water – add more for stronger, less for weaker, but this will get you to the middle of the road.

Cowboy coffee potHeat. Leave the water and coffee on medium heat until it boils. The coffee grounds will sink to the bottom as the water warms. Once boiling, let it roll for around 5 minutes. We prefer the lid on the pot…it’s faster that way, and less water is lost to evaporation.

Serve. Pour gently into the tin cup or mug of your choice. You don’t have to be that gentle. Just don’t agitate the settled grounds into the water. Unless you like the grounds in your cup. Which is ok, too. The coffee will be a bit cloudy. This is completely normal and does not affect the overall flavor of the coffee. In fact, it has a certain richness that you will not find in filtered coffees.

That’s it. So easy. A caveman can do it.

Cowboy Coffee, Cowgirl Style

When icowgirl coffee girlst comes to coffee…or anything for that matter, why should boys have all the fun? They shouldn’t. Girls can have a piece of the java action, too. However, girls and boys are different – for reasons apart from the obvious boobs and butts.

When brewing a cup of coffee for the cowgirl in your life (I’m talking to you, cowboy – or cowgirl, we don’t judge) take some extra time and sweeten the gesture. There are a few things you can add to your Cowboy Coffee that add a little something-something for your special someone.

Cinnamon: add a sprinkle of cinnamon directly into your coffee and brew as usual. This will add a touch of sweet and let her know that everyday with her is just like Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa – no judging).

Nutmeg: Similar to cinnamon in its personality, but a bit more…nutty. The spicy sweetness of the nutmeg in coffee goes a long way, so a little dash will do ya.

-All of the extracts: Vanilla, almond, raspberry, amaretto…there is a virtual never ending list of extracts available. Depending on her taste, a few drops can add some extra flavor to her coffee. Mix them together in a freshly brewed cup for her own special blend.

Butter: Wait, what? Yes, butter. Add a hunk of butter into a steaming cup of Cowboy Coffee. The theory is that this buttery concoction will boost energy levels for the entire day.

Booze: While a shot in the cup may not be suitable for everyday (oh wait, for your cowgirl it is!), booze can be a great addition to a cup of joe. Rum, Irish liquor, schnapps, and many more can be added to your girls cup for a little kick.

Ice cream: What says love like ice cream? Nothing. Perfect for a hot summer day, turn your cowgirls cup into a dessert of creamy goodness. Any flavor will work, just brew as usual, scoop, and serve.

Maple syrup: We prefer the actual syrup, and not the processed kind, but whatever you choose, this addition gives your girl’s coffee a touch of maple sweetness. Pair it with some homemade waffles or biscuits and gravy it the morning. Don’t forget the bacon-if she doesn’t like bacon, she’s not a cowgirl and does not deserve maple syrup in her cup.

Cowgirl coffee does not need to be fancy or complicated. Just add little something extra to show her that you care. Or do it for yourself, cowgirls. You deserve it. Whatever the case, get up, make a cup of Cowboy Coffee, and get to savoring life, y’all.

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

You know it’s good when you have to chew.

The perfect cup of coffee.When it comes to the perfect cup of coffee, the school’s of thought are as varied as the number of buffalo chips on the prairie.   Some like a light roast, with mellow flavor and high acidity.  If you enjoy this type of brew, stop reading.  Now.  This is not for you.  If you like your java with a kick that gets you through to the middle of next week, you have found a safe place to land among your people.

The American west was dominated by cowboys.  Well, the livestock was, anyway.  On the plains where the cattle grazed, hardships were many, and luxuries were few (if at all).  A breed of man was initiated into what would be considered a modern day ‘rough-neck.’  Taking challenges head on (a bull by the horns, anyone?) and slowing down for nothing.  You get the idea.  These guys were tough as nails.

What do tough guys do to start their day?  First, they piss in the river and get a bucket of water (from upstream, of course).  Next, they throw a log on the smouldering fire, and fill a tin pot with the water.  They add a copious amount of coffee grounds with their hands.  The water is brought to a boil by the flames of the fire, and allowed to bubble for a few minutes.  A glorious pot of cowboy coffee has been brewed.  Cowboys would fill their cups and guzzle the brew, grounds and all.  That, is how to start the day with a perfect cup of coffee.

So we continue the tradition of the American cowboy.  Fill it, scoop it, heat it, drink it, chew it.

Cowboy Coffee: How it Began

How was the west won?  Chances are, it began early one morning – with a cup of coffee…Cowboy Coffee.

In order to understand cowboy coffee, one must go back to the 10th century and the legend of the goat herder who decided to boil coffee beans after he saw his goats get excited after eating some beans of the plant.  A tradition to cross all of the oceans was born.
Cowboy after coffee
Fast forward to the golden age of the cowboy, roughly 1866 – 1886.  At this time cattle herds ran on the prairie of the American West, and flourished.  The price of beef was high in the North and low in the West, creating the need to move large herds of cattle many miles.  Queue the American Cowboy.

The way of the west was rough and tumble, and every man for himself.  The law was simply another obstacle to avoid or deal with, and nature was often an unforgiving and fickle beast.  Cowboys would set out for weeks on end to drive cattle, and would deal with a huge range of difficulties, obstructions, and dangers on the American plains.

One of the many traditions of the cowboy was a hot cup of coffee.  On longer drives, a cook may even be along with a chuck wagon in tow to provide simple and rustic meals for this tough breed.  However, many a cowboy would fend for himself, including the ever important cup of Joe.

A metal can or kettle would be placed over a hot campfire and filled with water from a clean running stream.  “Just a bit too many” coffee grounds would be dumped directly into the water and allowed to boil “just a bit too long” in order to achieve the perfect steaming cup of caffeinated goodness.

Fueled up and ready to ride, the American Cowboy was ready to face his day, whatever it would bring.  While today’s Urban Cowboy faces different challenges, one thing is the same…the day begins with a great cup of Cowboy Coffee.