How To Make Coffee Without Coffee Maker

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Starting your day with a perfect cup of coffee can leave you refreshed and energetic for the entire day. What if you wake up to find your coffee maker not working? What if you cannot brew your favourite coffee that just boosts your mood?

Well, we understand your nightmares, cos, we have been through it ourselves. To all those coffee fanatics and also those who count on the coffee maker. This article is for you.

Whether you have the electricity off or have no coffee maker, you can still brew on. This article will explore the different ways to make a coffee without a coffee maker. Also, we will discuss some coffee best practices that will help make your coffee better.

Let us get brewing.

Best Practices For Brewing Coffee Without A Coffee Maker

Here are certain things you need to pay attention to before brewing coffee without a coffee maker. Make sure you follow these hacks diligently to ensure you make a good coffee.

Tip 1: Use Freshly Ground Coffee Beans

It is always advisable to use only freshly ground beans for brewing. The beans will stay fresh and aromatic for about 15-20 minutes. After that, they will start losing some of that goodness and taste.

Tip 2: Use Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans

Freshness starts with beans. Always use freshly roasted quality beans for brewing. Make sure they are not more than two weeks old.

Tip 3: Use the Right Water

The most crucial components of coffee are coffee beans and water. It is essential to use water of the right type and temperature for brewing that perfect cup of coffee. Using water that is too cold may under extract your beans. Whereas using too hot water will scald your beans. Either way, it is going to ruin. Hence choose the right temperature or sweet spot somewhere between 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

You do not have to carry a thermometer to achieve this. All you can do is boil the water and allow it to sit for about 30 seconds.

Tip 4: Work with the Limited Items

This is yet another vital step you need to follow religiously. Do not go for something that is beyond your reach. Stick to what you have with you and make the most of it. Be resourceful with the limited items you have, and follow the right coffee brewing method to brew a delicious coffee.

Different Ways to Make Coffee Without Coffee Maker

Who told that you cannot brew a coffee without a coffee maker? There are many coffee brewing methods to make that oh-so-wonderful cup of coffee. Let us have a look at what they are:

Coffee Brewing Method 1 – Stovetop Method

This is the most common and oldest way of brewing coffee. Even if there is an electricity failure, you can still depend on this method rather than sinking into the nightmare. The stovetop method proves to be very helpful in any situation to satisfy the coffee lover in you. Let us learn how to brew a coffee in this old-school method:

This is all you need:

  • Freshly ground coffee beans
  • Water
  • Small saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Ladle
  • Mug

Instructions To Brew Coffee:

  • As the first step, take a saucepan and pour some water into it. Make sure, you are adding a little more water than the actual amount of coffee you want to have. This is essential because you may lose some water when bringing it to a boil. The water may even get soaked into the grounds.
  • Add the right amount of freshly ground coffee beans into the water.
  • Now, allow the coffee to boil for some time. Make sure you have set the burner to medium-high when doing so. While you bring the coffee to a boil, stir it occasionally using a spoon. This will ensure the grounds do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Allow your coffee to boil for about two minutes. Let it stay uncovered.
  • After it comes to a boil, turn off the burner. Now, remove the pan from the heat and cover it immediately.
  • Let the coffee sit for about four minutes in the covered pan. This will help the ground beans to settle on the bottom of the pan. After that, you can uncover it.
  • It is time to transfer your brewed coffee into a mug. Take a small ladle and scoop the coffee from the pan and transfer it to the mug. The ladle makes sure you are not taking the ground beans. If you do not have a ladle, you can pour the coffee directly from the pan into your mug, but very slowly. The slow process allows the heavy grounds to stay on the bottom of the pan.

Coffee Brewing Method 2 – Making Turkish Coffee

The next coffee brewing method that does not require a coffee maker is Turkish coffee. This method is similar to the stovetop method of making coffee. However, it creates a more thicker, frothy, and strong coffee than the above. You may think that it is a traditional Turkish coffee brewing method. It is natural to get carried away by the name. However, it is not entirely traditional, but one of the ways to brew a deep and strong coffee. Did I tell you that your ground beans should be in the cup! Let us learn how to do this.

This is all you need:

  • Freshly ground coffee beans
  • Water
  • Small saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Sugar
  • Coffee Cup

Instructions To Brew Coffee

  • Take the required amount of water for brewing and pour it into a small saucepan. The water quantity should be six ounces per serving. Make sure to turn on the burner to low heat.
  • As the next step, add an adequate amount of freshly ground coffee beans to the water. The grounds quantity should be one full tablespoon per serving. You may even add sugar now based on your requirement.
  • Allow the mixture to sit until it is about to boil. Now, remove the pan from the burner to skim off the foam and add it to your coffee mug or cup.
  • Place the pan again on the heat and watch until it gets near to boil one more time. Now, remove the pan from it.
  • The next thing you need to do is pour just half the quantity of coffee from the pan into the coffee cup.
  • Once again, place the pan on the heat and allow it to boil for about 15 seconds more. Now, you can turn off the burner and remove the pan from it.
  • As the last step, pour the entire coffee mixture into your coffee cup. After pouring, let it sit for about two or three minutes so that the grounds can sink to the bottom of your cup.

Coffee Brewing Method 3 – Faux French Press

Faux French press is yet another most popular brewing method that coffee lovers can mimic with limited tools available. This brewing is so easy that you can do it in your kitchen easily r even outdoors during a campfire. Is your French press coffee maker damaged or not working well? Then, you should definitely try this method. It is worth a shot for that oh-so-perfect coffee.

This is all you need:

  • Freshly ground coffee beans (preferably coarse ground)
  • Water
  • Small saucepan
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Sugar
  • Coffee Cup

Instructions To Brew Coffee:

  • As the first step, take a saucepan and pour some water into it.
  • Place the pan on the stove and bring it to a boil.
  • Take another deep bowl and add some coarse-ground coffee beans to it. The quantity should be one full tablespoon per serving.
  • Now pour a little amount of boiling water over the grounds. This causes the grounds to saturate. Now add the required amount of water to the bowl. The quantity should be six ounces of water per serving.
  • Now, take a spoon and start pressing the coffee grounds to the bottom of the bowl.
  • Now, pour the coffee into a coffee cup while pressing the grounds on the top with a spoon.
  • You may add sugar or cream based on your requirement.

Coffee Brewing Method 4 – Coffee Bag Method

Making coffee using a coffee bag method is the most ancient way of brewing. This coffee brewing method took birth in France in the 18th century and has ever since been bringing coffee and comfort to the same table. And the best part, it is one of the simplest, easiest, and quickest ways to prepare coffee without a coffee maker.

This is all you need:

  • Freshly ground coffee beans
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cup
  • Coffee filter
  • Piece of String
  • Coffee cup

DIY To Make a Coffee Bag:

Follow the below steps to prepare a coffee bag DIY method:

  • Take a coffee filter and place it in a flat place.
  • Add freshly ground coffee beans of the desired amount (per serving) into the filter. Two and a half spoons grounds would suffice. However, you can change it as per your requirement.
  • Now, take a piece of string and tie the filter using it. Make sure that the grounds do not come out after you tie it.

Instructions To Brew Coffee:

  • Take a small saucepan or kettle and add some water to it. Heat the water on the stove. After that, turn off the burner and let the water cool a little for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Take a coffee cup and put your DIY coffee bag into it.
  • Now, pour the hot water from the pan into the cup.
  • Steep the coffee bag in the cup for a few minutes to get that perfect brewing. If you prefer a normal brew, let the bag steep for about 2-3 minutes. If you want to have a stronger brew, let it stay for 3-4 minutes.
  • After you finish steeping, remove the coffee bag out of the cup and discard it.

Coffee Brewing Method 5 – Moka Pot Method

Let us move on to another coffee brewing method. If you are an espresso lover, then you should definitely try this. You can try the best espresso shot at home without a machine. Yes, you can prepare it on your stove and enjoy the closest version of the machine espresso.

This is all you need:

Instructions To Brew Coffee:

  • The first step in the coffee-making process is to grind the fresh coffee grounds in a grinder. Grind them to a fine level just before you start brewing.
  • Take the Moka pot and fill the bottom part with cold water right below the valve. (Remember not to overfill it as it may result in the loss of aroma and flavour.)
  • Take the funnel or basket and add the freshly ground coffee powder to it. Make sure you fill it exactly in the basket and do not overburden it.
  • Place the upper part of the Moka pot on the bottom and tightly screw it onto the base.
  • Keep this Moka pot on the stove. Let the water in the bottom part boil.
  • Do not put it on a high flame, as it may burn the coffee, giving a burnt smell.
  • The pressure inside pushes the coffee upwards, and you will notice it flowing into the top part.
  • Once the top part gets full with coffee (foamy appearance), turn off the burner and remove the pot from the stove.
  • Let the pot cool down for a while. You may do it by placing the pot on a wet towel. You can even place the pot under running water to let it cool down.
  • Your coffee is now ready.
  • Pour it carefully into a coffee cup and enjoy the espresso.
  • After you finish, do not forget to clean the entire Moka pot neatly. After cleaning, dry it to ensure the Moka pot is ready to use for next time.

Coffee Brewing Method 6 – Cold Brew Method

The Cold Brew Filter method is the most sought-after brewing for coffee. Coffee lovers would love to have this kind of coffee as it takes a little longer than usual for brewing. Although it takes more time, it is definitely worth the taste, aroma, and effort.

This is all you need:

  • Freshly ground coffee beans (coarsely ground)
  • Water
  • Two Containers
  • Spoon
  • Coffee Filter
  • Coffee Cups

Instructions To Brew Coffee:

Servings: 4 cups

  • Let us get started with the brewing process. Firstly, take a container and add the coarsely ground coffee beans to it. Make sure you measure the quantity as required for the servings before adding. Cold brew requires coffee and water in a 1:4 ratio. For one cup of coffee grounds, you will need to add four cups of water. This will give you four cups of cold brew.
  • Now, add four cups of water into the container.
  • Take a spoon and start pressing the grounds lightly.
  • After pressing, allow the mixture to sit for about 12 hours.
  • Take a second container and place a coffee filter on the top of it.
  • Now start pouring the coffee gently into the second container from the first one.
  • Now transfer this brew into your coffee cups and serve it by dropping in some ice cubes.

Coffee Brewing Method 7 – The Handkerchief Method

What if I told you that you could brew a delicious coffee at home in a less expensive way? I would abandon the coffee maker for this rustic, aromatic, and environmental-friendly brew. I am sure you would do, as well. It is the handkerchief method, and you can try this if you want.

This is all you need:

  • Freshly ground coffee beans
  • Hot Water
  • Binder paper clips or clothes clips
  • A clean and dry handkerchief or a cotton or linen cloth
  • Mason jar
  • Coffee Cups

Instructions To Brew Coffee:

  • Take a mason jar and place a handkerchief on it. You may even use a cotton or linen cloth.
  • Now press the cloth in the center to form a pouch for holding the coffee grounds.
  • Take the binder paper clips to fasten the cloth in its place without moving.
  • Take the coffee grounds (about one cup) and add them to the pouch.
  • Now, pour some more hot water over the coffee grounds and allow them to soak for about 30 minutes.
  • After the stipulated time, pour some more hot water over the grounds carefully.
  • Remove the cloth containing grounds from the jar.
  • Transfer the brew from the jar into coffee cups.

Coffee Brewing Method 8 – The Microwave Method

Do you have a microwave oven at home? If yes, have you ever tried preparing coffee in your microwave? No? Then you should definitely try. This is the most simplest coffee brewing method that you can think of. It does not require any drip machine. There is no need for strings, as well. And the best part, it does not even require much time. All you need is a microwave and power to run your appliance. Let us learn how to try this.

This is all you need:

  • Freshly ground coffee beans
  • Water
  • Mug
  • Microwave
  • Spoon

Instructions To Brew Coffee:

  • The first step is to take a mug and fill it with water.
  • Pop this mug in the microwave for about two minutes. Remember that the water should be very hot, but it should not be boiling.
  • Take out the mug from the oven and add a tablespoon of coffee grounds to it. You will hear a sizzling sound when you first add them.
  • Pop the mug again in the microwave and allow it to sit for about four minutes. This will make the grounds settle on the bottom of the mug.
  • After four minutes, take out the mug from the microwave. Your hot and delicious coffee is ready to consume.
  • Enjoy your coffee and freshen your mood. Do not forget to avoid the last sip of the coffee, as it could be chewy.


Brewing coffee can be fun, especially when you are doing it at home without a machine. This article discussed the various ways you can prepare coffee without a coffee maker. Now that you know how to brew, try out the methods cited in this write-up. As a coffee lover, you should be trying out these to find out which one you can stick to in case of machine failure. Let us know in the comments if you happen to try any of these methods. Share your experiences with us and how you enjoyed brewing coffee.

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Appreciate the coffee lover in you and keep brewing.

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