How To Make Coffee Without A Coffee Maker
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How To Make Coffee Without A Coffee Maker

How To Make Coffee Without A Coffee Maker

If you crave coffee and don’t have a coffee machine, take advantage of these hacks so that you can make your very own cup.

Coffee aficionados, we know your pain! If you’re tired of your regular but brilliant coffee machine going kaput, Perhaps you’re away from home, and the kitchen there doesn’t have a coffee maker. It could be that you are out in the great outdoors without electricity to help you brew up.

Whichever the issue, if you’re a java fan, being without a coffee machine is a huge hassle. But hold tight because we are going to demonstrate how to make coffee without a coffee maker…

  • It is not lost, as you can still make great-tasting coffee without a coffee maker. You may even like your favorite beverage brewed this way better than when it comes from the machine
  • Without a coffee maker nearby, you may feel like your day is starting off on the wrong foot. Don’t panic! Scroll down for some great alternatives to making coffee and get started right away.

How To Make Coffee Without A Coffee Maker – Best & Easy Way

1. MAKE COFFEE ON THE STOVE (OR EVEN THE CAMPFIRE)

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For stovetop coffee, you only need a saucepan and water. Add 12 cups of water to the pan for every one cup of coffee you plan on making. Fill it until there’s around 6 inches of hot water at the top of the pot, then place your saucepan over medium-high heat. Add a couple of tablespoons of coffee to the water in your pot. Once it boils, you can add more or less starch to suit your taste.

  • After taking the pan off of the heat, place a lid on it. Letting the coffee sit for about five minutes will help to clear up any grounds that are at the bottom of the pan.
  • When the coffee is done, pour it into a cup or cups. Be careful not to pour in any of the grounds. You may also ladle it out of the pan into your cup(s).
  • Camping? You can make coffee for yourself and your camp site buddies using this cool brewing technique.

2. Use A DIY FRENCH PRESS

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If you love your French press, but have no way to make coffee without one then here’s a clever hack that will help.

Start by adding coffee grounds to a cup with plenty of room. Generally you’ll want around two spoonfuls per cup, but this can vary depending on how strong you typically like it. Boil the water for less than a minute. Then pour it, with some coolant added in order to make sure no sour taste is left in your coffee. Next fill up the cup and wait around 30 seconds before pressing on.

You should let coffee brew for a little longer if you plan to pour it into two cups. 

3. MAKE YOUR OWN COFFEE BAG

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Let’s say you recently lost your coffee machine to a sudden breakdown and still have not replaced it yet. However, on the bright side you still have a supply of coffee filters. If this is the case, you can easily make your own personal coffee bag to brew with a french press or another screenless method like Chemex or aeropress.

We recommend using 2 heaped tablespoons per cup of coffee. Add ground coffee to the filter paper and adjust based on taste. Tie down the top with string that is clean, naturally-occurring, and uncoated. Put the coffee bag into in a cup and pour boiling water over it.

Take the coffee out of the machine after it’s brewed for about five minutes; you may need to wait longer if you prefer a stronger drink.

4. IMPROVISE A POUR-OVER 

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Alright, we’re going to assume that you have paper coffee filters but you are without a pour-over machine. If that is the case, here’s what you can do: 

You will also need a tall vessel in which to place the filter. Glass is common, but make sure it’s heatproof if you’re looking for safety. Place your filter into the glass with its point facing downwards then fold over the circumference of the filtered to rest on top of the mouth of your container.

To prevent the filter paper from floating, hold it in place by wrapping a rubber band around the top of the glass. Puncture two small holes near each corner of the filter paper, and add ground coffee to fill. Pour boiling water for the desired amount or strength into a vessel that is off but nearly boiling. Let steep for three minutes before pouring

Wet the coffee grounds by dipping your paddle into water and stirring it in circular motions. Add water to wet all of the grit until there are no dry patches, then add a steady stream of surface-level water by lifting one end up to about halfway and slowly pouring over the other at an angle. Start with adding enough for 2 cups. Click here for a more interesting and awesome post from home depot appliances.

5. OPT FOR THE MICROWAVE

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This isn’t the most sophisticated coffee-making method, but making do with your best microwave is certainly worth a try if you don’t want to resort to using instant (and that really doesn’t taste the same at all, does it?)

Grab your cup, which must be microwave-proof and fill it with water. Heat in the microwave until not quite boiling. Add 1 tablespoon of ground coffee into cup and stir to dissolve. Let stand for 4 minutes to allow grounds to settle at the bottom of the mug.

And that’s it! Your coffee is ready to drink. One warning, though: don’t drink your cup completely empty if you haven’t tried this hack before.

THE STRAINER METHOD

If your coffee maker recently broke and you don’t have any filters, you’re feeling pretty unlucky. But never fear! With this clever workaround, you might still be able to enjoy a caffeine-filled cup of joe. One way to make coffee without a filter is by brewing it with a strainer on the handle.

A coffee maker should never be used without a strainer. Only use a very fine mesh or metal screen to prevent the chunks of coffee from getting into your cup.

YOU’LL NEED:
  • Ground coffee
  • Water
  • Kettle or saucepan
  • A Mesh strainer is small, conical one is ideal
  • Mug
HOW TO BREW IT
  1. Fill your kettle or saucepan with the proper amount of water to make the number of cups you need.

But: If you are making more than six cups, measure out the water for what you plan on making and pour it into your pot.

  1. To start brewing, add the appropriate amount of coffee grounds to the brewer. Cover with water and then stir in gently for several minutes.
  2. Bring water to a rolling boil. Let it boil for two minutes before removing from heat.
  3. Take the saucepan off of the heat
  4. Instead of relying entirely on the saucepan to filter your coffee, hold the mesh strainer in front of your mug and pour the coffee through it. The grounds will be caught by the strainer as it moves into your cup.

THE HANKY METHOD

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Who needs a Keurig when you can make coffee using this more rustic, less expensive, environmentally-friendly brewing method?

It takes a bit of patience, but the result will give you not only an aesthetically pleasing coffee mug, but also a more delicious taste. Use a mason jar instead of a regular coffee mug to make your Hanky Method drink.

YOU’LL NEED:
  • Coffee grounds
  • Hot water
  • Binder paper clips or clothespins
  • You’ll need a clean linen or cotton cloth.
  • Mug or mason jar
HOW TO BREW IT
  1. Place the coffee grounds inside a cup. Smoosh it in the middle and then place your hanky over top to make a pouch that can hold as much or little of it as you like.
  2. Secure the towel to your table using binder clips or clothespins. Be sure to use at least three clips so that it does not fall into your coffee.
  3. Place scoop of coffee grounds in the pouch.
  4. Pour a small amount of hot water over the coffee grounds. Allow the coffee grounds to completely soak for at least 30 seconds.
  5. Slowly and carefully pour the rest of the hot water. Keep an eye on your clips while pouring them in so you can adjust as needed if they start slipping.
  6. Remove the hanky or grounds and enjoy your coffee.

FAQ

CAN YOU MAKE COFFEE WITHOUT A FILTER OR NOT?

We know, we know…it sounds unpleasant to drink coffee that has not been filtered. With all the grounds still in it, who wants to have crunchy coffee?

There is good news, however. You can make coffee without a filter. Simply immerse your grounds in water and they will work just as well, the same way as a French press does. After letting the hot water and coffee mixture stand for about five minutes, pour it into a coffee cup slowly enough not to disturb any of the grounds that may have settled at the bottom.

Is it possible to make coffee in a KEURIG without the machine?

When you have a K-Elite coffee machine that has stopped working, what do you do with the now unused K-Cups? You can just peel off the foil lid and pour the content into a filter or strain out other ingredients.

You then slowly pour hot or boiling water over it to make your own cup of coffee. When figuring out how many K-cups to use for a drip coffee maker, it is important to consider the strength of your cuppa and whether or not you will be making just one cup.

Is it possible to make coffee if your electricity goes out?

Most people don’t know this, but as long as you have a pot and access to some means of boiling water (gas stove or campfire) then you can make anything that uses water, which includes drinking. Next, use a method like a pour over to saturate your coffee grounds and create the manual drip brewing process.

CONCLUSION

When you need to make coffee without a coffee maker, there are many options and we hope that by using one of these suggestions, you’ll be enjoying the hot brew.

Happy Caffeinating!

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