How to clean an aluminum camping coffee pot that is black from the fire

Originally posted last summer after I returned from a solo camping trip with my dogs - it's that time of year so it's a great time to repost! 

I have had this 9 cup Coleman coffee pot for quite some time.  Although I don't particularly care how sparkling and clean it is, I do try to keep it somewhat clean as I don't want the blackened soot from campfires and coals to get on the other things it is packed with.  People with sparkling, shiny camping equipment are much like people with sparkling, shiny baking pans and cookware;  they don't actually use them much! 

In the past I've done what most campers tell each other to do.  Rub the bottom and sides with soap to keep it from getting especially bad, and then scrub it off with hot soapy water later.  Except, it really doesn't work all that great and I really hate to scrub pots and pans of any sort.  Still, that's what I've done for years.

After I returned home, I kept eying the coffee pot sitting on my counter waiting for me to scrub it... but I was loathe to do so, so I kept ignoring it.  Finally, I don't know what made me think to do it, but I grabbed a large plastic bowl, filled it with some water, added about 1/2 cup ammonia (cheap, regular bottled ammonia I had bought at Walmart for less than a dollar), immersed the pot, filled it with water to keep it in place vertically, and went about the house doing other things while I forgot about it.

When I cam back about 1 1/2 hours later I used my fingernail to test if it was helping at all.  A perfectly clean path appeared.  From there, I grabbed a simple scrub brush with stiff bristles, gave it a couple swipes and it was coming right off.  Right off without any real work or scrubbing at all. 

Here is a photo I snapped on my phone immediately after running the scrub brush over it.  You can see exactly where the pot was immersed in the water/ammonia mixture and where it wasn't.

I then laid it down as you see in the photo below, left it for another hour or so, rolled it over to the other side and did the same.  Then I used the scrub brush, washed and rinsed it in hot, soapy water and packed it away for my next trip. 

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Sometimes I get extra caffeine in me and I get these big plans and ideas for a post - and then when I try to work on it 'life' calls me away time and time again from the computer and the browsers stay open and I keep attempting to make the post match what was in my brain when I thought this was such a great idea... and by the time I actually get to post it, it's nothing at all like I planned and I'm just happy to get some links and images on the page and hit "publish".

That would be this one.

You see, wall decals are just so cool. Or at least they can be if done correctly. And I heart them. Lots. Because I've seen a couple neighbors who have some mad decorating skills and incorporated a bunch of wall decals into their home in a way that makes me jealous because I just don't have that gene. Or maybe it's just that I don't have the money. Or any money. Because I don't. And you need a little bit of money in order to buy stuff to decorate with.

So as I'm rambling off topic (... it's just the coffee talking again), I want to say that this coffee decal post was VERY cool in my head at like, 11:00 pm with a strong cup of black coffee and one Monster Ultra in me. However, now that it's a couple days later and I'm just now getting around to posting, it's not what I had in my head. But it does have images. And links. And cool ideas for your coffee themed kitchen, home, bakery or coffee shop.

So, there's that.

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1 minute history with morning coffee: Which states seceded and became the Confederate States of America?

One minute history with morning coffee:

South Carolina was the first state to secede after Lincoln won the presidency.  Unhappy with the outcome of the election and the belief that the Northern states way of life (industrialized economy verses the Southern agricultural based, and the North's ideals and lifestyles) would be pushed on them, the Southern states banded together to secede.  After South Carolina, five more states followed:  Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.  No longer wanting to be part of the United States of America, they met in Montgomery, Alabama (February, 1861) and established the Confederate States of America.  They elected Jefferson Davis president.  Texas quickly joined them, followed by Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee.

The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when the Southern troops fired on the Fort Sumter military post in Charleston, South Carolina.  The conflict continued until General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate flag to General Ulysses S. Grant, and the war was over.  The North had won. 

We were a nation divided, and the Civil War took more American lives than any other war in history. Roughly 2% of the population, an estimated 620,000 men, lost their lives in the line of duty. Taken as a percentage of today's population, the toll would have risen as high as 6 million souls.*

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5 myths and misunderstandings surrounding coffee

Tonight I decided to check out some of the draft files and 'coffee' files I had sitting around gathering dust in my laptop.  I found part of an article I saved in my files last summer 2014, because it had 5 coffee myths - some of which I knew already but thought it would be a great idea to get the word 'out' there to other coffee affectionatos. 

Chris Vigilante, owner of DC-based Vigilante Coffee Co., fully admits that he originally got into coffee as a way to avoid the real world and elude the dreaded cubicle job. But what started as a long stretch of slackerdom while surfing in Hawaii has turned him into something of a java superstar among those who know coffee in DC.

“It’s a great time to be in coffee and have people appreciate it,” says Vigilante. “We’ve never had access to great coffee like we do now. It’s pretty damn similar to pot, wine or beer.”

Here are five myths and misunderstandings surrounding coffee that Vigilante would like to see debunked once and for all:

1. The freezer is best: “Everyone thinks they should store it in the freezer. It’s actually kind of the opposite. You can grow mold on the coffee if moisture builds up - and you don’t want to be drinking mold.”

2. Dark roast = more caffeine = more flavor: “Everyone thinks dark-roasted coffee has more caffeine. It’s the opposite - you actually roast out the caffeine when you heat it. The higher the temperature, the more you’re burning out the caffeine. I think people associate the stronger taste of the coffee with the higher caffeine content.”

3. Espresso is a bean: “It’s a process, not a type of coffee. You can make any coffee bean into espresso [by grinding it finely and brewing it in the style of espresso]. Some beans are roasted specifically to be brewed into espresso, but there’s no espresso bean.”

4. Coffee should be cheap: “Coffee is a commodity that's already undervalued, as far as I’m concerned. A lot of times farmers can’t make ends meet with the market price of coffee. Vigilante pays well above the market price for our raw green beans, and we pay based on quality - but it shows up in the cup. Consumers are used to paying low dollar, but that’s unsustainable. We’re eventually not going to grow enough coffee to supply everyone.”

5. Italians rule the coffee scene: “Everyone thinks Italians are the top dogs in coffee, and that’s not the case anymore. For Vigilante Coffee, we look to Japan, Australia and New Zealand for examples in the coffee industry. If you go to Japan or Australia, it will really blow your mind where they’ve taken the level of their coffee culture. The culture of Italy is more about quantity.”