Awhile back I was asked about how I make coffee out on the trail. After pondering it for several weeks I've decided to give this question an answer. There are more ways than one:
Cowboy Coffee - most simple and easiest method. Dump the desired amount of grounds in your pot of water after it comes to a boil and take it off the fire. Stir, let it steep and settle for a couple of minutes and drink. Stay away from the last bit of coffee in the bottom of your pot, unless you like silt and grit of course.
While I've had my fair share of cowboy coffee I don't care for it all that much. I prefer a cup of coffee that's been filtered using a paper filter. This eliminates nearly all of the silt and makes for a smooth cup of coffee, which brings us to the next method...
Luxury Light Kit - Earlier this summer I came across Coghlan's coffee/tea filters. They come in bags of 40 for 2.60. First thing I did was lose the small plastic holder that came with them. This was replaced with a small stick/twig wherever I was making camp to have a cup of coffee. I've now graduated beyond the twig to an aero spoke that I clipped and shaped to fit my mug.
You'll see what I mean, just watch the video:
It has taken me months of playing and tinkering to get to this 3 season setup and I'm sure it will continue to evolve as I put it to use this coming spring, summer, and fall. It started here with a titanium Vargo stove that just didn't perform as well as DIY stoves that are easily produced.
Next up... Specifics about the pieces in my cooking kit; Weights, Boil Times, etc...