Minnesota North Woods Egg Coffee
Recipe type: Coffee
Cuisine: Camp Cooking
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Serves: 8 cups of coffee
Often confused with Cowboy Coffee is Egg Coffee, but the practice of mixing an egg – including shells -- with the coffee grounds appears to be more of a north woods tradition with a Scandinavian heritage. The process for making egg coffee is kind of gross. What you pour into the pot of boiling water is a slurry of beaten egg, pulverized egg shells, and the clumpy grounds of medium to course grind coffee. What eventually pours out is some of the best tasting coffee you’ll ever drink. Egg coffee was born of necessity. The miners in northern Minnesota were working with irony water and old weak coffee. But some how the addition of the eggs makes it all come together. To this day, you can find coffee made this way in country church basements across Minnesota. Egg coffee works great for camping, too. It’s slower than a drip cone or French press, but the taste is worth the wait. Besides camping is supposed to be about slowing down anyway.
  • 1 large egg, beaten (reserve eggshell)
  • large coffee pot or sauce pan
  • 8-9 cups of water, plus ¼ cup water, plus 1 cup cold water
  • ¾ cup medium grind coffee (Pre-ground, grocery store coffee works just fine.)
  1. Crack an egg. Reserve shell. Place yolk and white in bowl. Beat thoroughly.
  2. Crush the eggshell into small pieces.
  3. Add the crushed shell, ¼ cup of water and ¾ cup of medium grind coffee to the beaten egg.
  4. Stir together well. (Yech!)
  5. Bring 8-9 cups of water to boil in a saucepan or coffee pot.
  6. Carefully pour/spoon in the slurry and boil gently for three minutes. The grounds and egg will create a mass floating on top of the pot.
  7. Remove from heat and gently pour in a cup of cold water.
  8. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  9. Carefully pour into cups and drink. Chances are it will be lighter color than the coffee you’re used to drinking, but all the rich flavor is there without any bitterness.
Recipe by 50 Campfires at https://50campfires.com/6-great-ways-to-make-camping-coffee/