As a coffee fanatic, what’s your biggest nightmare? Mine has to be the day where I wake up all groggy, eyes bleary, without a brewer, dripper or machine to make my morning cup of coffee. Heavens forbid, I’d have to turn to instant coffee.
Come to think of it, to be stuck without a coffee machine doesn’t really have to leave you high and dry….
Don’t worry I’m not going to tell you to drink instant coffee – we’d prefer to leave that s**t to nightmares. Brace yourself - I’m about to open your eyes to a few simple ways (5 in fact) on how to make coffee without a coffee maker.
You've found yourself without coffee maker, so chances are that the brew that you are about to create won't be one of your best - but there's a few simple and well-known steps you can take to make sure it's almost as good:
The Cowboy Method brings you back to the old-fashioned ways of good coffee brewing - your best beans and nearly boiling (or just boiled) water.
We'll show you how to do it from your home - you don't actually have to be around a campfire or be wearing a cowboy hat to make it.
It's simply a matter of making do with what you've got - a pot, a heat source, ground coffee and some water.
Obviously, cowboy coffee is popular on camping trips, which is how it earned its name. (new age cowboys have a few great makeshift coffee brewing methods that you can see here)
It's perfect if you don't have a coffee machine, and just like a french press it brews an excellent cup of joe. But of course it's important to remember that the quality of coffee is essential.
WHAT YOU NEED
Step 1 - Fill a clean pan with a bit more water than what you normally use when you brew your coffee. For example, if you use two cups of water, add about 3/4 of a cup extra this time.
Do note that with this method, some of the water will be left in the pan. (this water will house the used grounds/sludge)
Step 2 - Place the pan on your stove and turn on the heat. When the water comes to a boil, add your coffee.
A conservative ratio is about two tablespoons for every 6 ounces of water, but you can adjust that depending on how strong you want your coffee.
Following cowboy tradition, i'm just doing it by eye:
Step 3 - Remove the pan from heat and cover it immediately. Wait about four to five minutes before you uncover the pan. Once you see that all grounds have settled to the bottom of pan, you’re ready to serve your coffee.
Once you see that all grounds have settled to the bottom of pan, you’re ready to serve your coffee.
Step 4 - No fancy kettles needed here - you can just pour off the top onto your cup. You can also opt to use a ladle for more ‘filtered’ servings.
If you're going camping in the near future, here's another list that will show you how to brew coffee when you're in the great outdoors.
No Hario, no Chemex, no Kone, and no Kalita Wave - they are all great manual pour over brewers, but how the hell do you create pour-over without one?
Try the makeshift coffee filter, which lets you make use of this brewing method using materials you most likely already have in your kitchen.
WHAT YOU NEED
Who knew there were so many ways to make a cup of coffee?! Good info to know thank you!
I use a percolator now. Nice extra hot stong coffee.