How to make coffee without a coffee maker

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If you don’t have a coffee maker, you can still make coffee!

You don’t need any appliances for making coffee.

In this article, we’ll describe 5 methods of how to make coffee without a coffee maker.

Makeshift coffee filter

For this method, you’ll need a piece of fabric to act as your makeshift filter.

A cotton tea towel, handkerchief, or even a scrap of an old t-shirt will do the trick.

Secure the fabric over the top of a large mug or another vessel, using rubber bands or bulldog clips.

Be sure that there is a depressed section in the middle where the coffee grounds will be placed.

Place ground coffee beans in the centre of your cloth filter and pour hot water into it until it just barely covers the grounds. Let this sit for about 30 seconds so that your coffee can bloom (release CO2).

Now add more water (will probably need multiple pours) until you have reached your desired amount for brewing. The process should take about five minutes.

As with most pour-over methods, if you feel like you want a stronger cup of coffee, then simply increase the amount of coarsely ground beans used—the same goes for adding less to make it weaker.

Once all water has run through your makeshift filter and into your cup or vessel below, remove the filter and enjoy!

The faux French press

The French press method is a great way of achieving strong, full-bodied coffee.

If you don’t have one handy, here’s how you can replicate the process:

  • Get 2 jars (or other heatproof containers) and a small sieve.
  • Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee into one jar, then pour in some boiling water.
  • Stir
  • Allow this to steep for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • When you’re happy with the colour of your brew, slowly pour it through the sieve into your cup (or another jar for serving).
  • You’re done! Add sugar and milk if that’s how you like it; otherwise, enjoy it as is.

The pot or saucepan method (Cowboy Coffee)

The pot or saucepan method (also known as “cowboy coffee”) is best for making large quantities of coffee, especially if you’re outdoorsy and camping.

It’s an easy way to make a lot of coffee at once with just a heat source, water, and ground beans.

  • Bring water to a boil in your pot or saucepan (about one cup of water per cup of coffee).
  • Add your favourite ground coffee beans to the boiling water and stir them with a spoon.
  • Allow the mixture to steep for about two minutes before removing it from heat source. If you want the brew to be stronger, allow it to sit longer before pouring; if you want it weaker, pour sooner.
  • Once off the heat, let it sit for a minute or two so the coffee grounds fall to the bottom (use a lid to keep the heat in).
  • Pour the coffee into your mugs but avoid pouring out the final few teaspoons which will contain grounds that will have settled on the bottom of pot (these can be unpleasant if drunk).
  • Enjoy!

With a coffee bag

If you can get your hands on a single-use coffee bag, this is an easy method that takes less than five minutes.

  • Simply place the coffee bag in your mug and pour over hot water.
  • Let it steep for about four or five minutes.
  • If it’s not dark enough for your liking, let it sit for another minute or two.
  • Remove the bag and enjoy!

With a coffee filter

If you have paper coffee filters available, you can place one over the top of a mug or serving vessel and secure it in place with rubber bands or bulldog clips.

Pour your coffee grounds into the filter, and then pour over hot water. Slowly pour hot water into the middle until your desired amount has been added (as long as there is still space between the top of your water line and the bottom of your rubber bands).

You can also use a piece of cheesecloth for this method.