There is nothing more American than a cowboy. The cowboy lifestyle has an incredibly long history in our nation that has made this nation what it is today. The western cowboy traditions are still prevalent today, one of which is the cowboy coffee tradition.

Until around the Civil War, coffee was sold green and raw. It had to be roasted on a wood-burning stove or in a frying pan over a campfire before it could be painted and brewed; a burnt bean could ruin it. But then things changed when coffee beans were coated with an egg and icing. The new coffee became an instant success with chuck wagon chefs in the west facing the task of keeping cowboys stocked with plenty of hot coffee outside the area.

Arbuckles' Ariosa Blend is still known as Original Cowboy Coffee. This blend was created by Arbuckle Brothers and is considered the first and best cowboy coffee in the west. They created a mix that people still enjoy today. Arbuckles' Coffee has garnered great acclaim throughout the coffee industry for their commitment to providing consumers with freshly roasted coffee. Arbuckles now supplies quality coffee to offices, restaurants, resorts and specialty markets; roast its own coffee to ensure the customer has a cup of fresh quality.

But if you want to get the full Arbuckles' Ariosa experience, you have to do it for yourself, the traditional cowboy coffee way. Here are some steps to brewing your perfect cup of cowboy coffee in a campfire:

Use an empty coffee can to add a handle using the following technique:

Drill or poke two holes near the top of the can on opposite sides.
Thread the cord through each hole to grasp the handle.
Use pliers to shape the wire, and bend the wire back around itself to secure it in place.
2. Place the ground coffee in the prepared coffee container (1 spoonful of spoon per cup / mug). Fill the coffee can with water to approx. 7 cm from the top of the container.

3. Stoke the campfire:

Make sure there is a suitable place to put the coffee can in: either on a stand over the fire or on flat coals in one part of the fire.
4. Place the coffee can in the fire, lowering it from the handle. Let the water boil.

5. Break the surface tension. When the water boils, break the surface tension to prevent the coffee grounds from boiling over. This can be done with a small, clean stick or a pinch of salt or with crushed eggshell. Use what you have available.

Let the coffee boil for several minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

7. Hold the coffee can in the handle, swing it around a bit, concentrating the ground in the can.

8. Serve the coffee. Pour the coffee into a suitable mug.

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