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Old 06-30-2006, 07:49 PM   #1
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Arrow Perking coffee

I just bought one of those coffee perculators that you put over a campfire. Problem is, I don't know how long to let the coffee stay on the fire after it starts perking, and there are no directions in the package. Can anyone give me some advice?

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Old 06-30-2006, 08:59 PM   #2
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My mom used to have a percolator, and the general rule of thumb is when liquid in the percolator looks dark, it done. My mother's perculator (indoor variety) took about 30-45 minutes, but I'm not sure how long it would take on a campfire.

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Old 07-01-2006, 05:39 AM   #3
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I remember my grandmother making coffee on the stove, but I didn't think it took that long. I think she took it off a few minutes after it started perking.
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Old 07-01-2006, 07:54 AM   #4
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Certainly not 45 minutes. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, about 5-8 minutes will do it.
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Old 07-01-2006, 10:58 AM   #5
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Certainly not 45 minutes. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, about 5-8 minutes will do it.
That's what I thought too! 30 - 45 minutes would make would make the kind of coffee where the spoon would stand by itself!

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That's what I thought too! 30 - 45 minutes would make would make the kind of coffee where the spoon would stand by itself!

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Is there a problem with that kind of coffee?
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Old 07-18-2006, 06:17 PM   #7
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10-12 minutes

For a coffee pot that is full and serves 12 cups. MY rule of thumb was a minute per cup and then a couple for the pot.
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Old 07-19-2006, 09:14 PM   #8
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For a campfire "perculator" - 10-12 minutes after it starts to perk is long enough for "it's going to peel your eyelids back - morning brew" coffee.

I can't imagine not getting instructions with it ... what brand and capacity is it?
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:12 PM   #9
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I didn't know that instructions ever came with a percolator!! That is the only way we have ever made coffee. Don't keep the pot over very hot fire once it starts to perk, move it a bit to the side where it will still perk but not as hard. You will know when it is ready by the smell, about 10-20 minutes, depending on how strong you want it. Longer if as Michael says "you want it to peel back your eyelids!"
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:29 PM   #10
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I love fresh perked coffee. Taste alot better then the drip. O and the smell is great.
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