How to Make Coffee Without A Machine | Twisted Goat

by Meagan Mason

Feb 02 2021

How To Make Coffee Without A Machine

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Most of us rely on our coffee makers to get our cup of morning java! Considering we're so reliant on these machines, what would happen if they were not accessible? Off hiking in the woods? Camping? Or worse what if one morning you woke up and your coffee machine won't turn on!!? Don't panic, there are still some alternative ways to get some java in your system. This article is all about ways on how to make coffee without a machine, so keep reading.

Coffee brewed using these alternatives won't compare to one brewed freshly, but at least you'll get your java fix while you wait for your new coffee maker to arrive or get back to civilization if your our exploring.

Here are some alternative ways to make coffee without machine.

Make Your Own Coffee Bags

During the 18th century, french folks brewed their coffee like their tea, using makeshift coffee bags! If it worked for them, they must work for you as well, right? 

coffee filter with coffee grounds tied up with a cotton string

What You Need

  • Coffee grounds
  • Hot Water
  • Coffee filter
  • Cotton String
  • Coffee Mug

How To Brew It! - DIY Coffee Bags

  • Scoop a single serving of your preferred coffee grounds into the coffee filter.
  • Carefully close the filter tightly, forming a pouch of coffee grounds.
  • Using the string, tie it securely, leaving one end to hang outside your mug just like a teabag.
  • Boil some hot water using any available method, such as pots, kettles, or microwave.
  • Place your makeshift coffee bag into an empty mug.
  • Being careful not to overfill your cup, slowly pour hot water into the mug.
  • Allow the coffee bag to sit for about four minutes, increasing or decreasing the time according to how strong you want your coffee.
  • Remove the filter bag and discard it before drinking.

Cowboy Coffee

This would be especially helpful if you currently have limited equipment in your current situation. Using a saucepan, you can make coffee without machine right on top of your stove.

metal kettle brewing coffee over a fire outside

What You Need

  • Coffee grounds
  • Ladle
  • Small saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Coffee Mug
  • Water

How To Brew It! - Using a Saucepan

  • Pour water into the saucepan. Remember to use slightly more water than the amount of coffee you want to produce since you'll lose some of it to boiling and soaking.
  • Stir your coffee grounds into the water. For the amount, use the same you would when using coffee makers
  • Set the stove to medium-high and wait for your coffee to boil. Stir once in a while to avoid burning the coffee grounds and the pan.
  • For two minutes, boil your coffee uncovered.
  • Place your makeshift coffee bag into an empty mug.
  • Remove the pot from the burner and let it sit for about four minutes, allowing the grounds to settle down.
  • Allow the coffee bag to sit for about four minutes, increasing or decreasing the time according to how strong you want your coffee.
  • Using a ladle, scoop brewed coffee into your mug, being careful not to take grounds with it If you don't have access to a ladle, you can pour coffee directly from the pan very slowly.

Hanky Coffee - Using a Cloth

This method requires patience, but it also guarantees you won't have coffee grounds in your coffee. You may also use a mason jar instead of a coffee mug to change things up.

cotton coffee filter brewing in a black container

What You Need

  • Coffee grounds
  • Clean cloth (such as linen or cotton cloth, or a hanky)
  • Binder clips or clothespins
  • Hot Water
  • Mason jar or coffee mug

How To Brew It! - Using a Cloth

  • Place a clean cloth across the top of your mug, then gently press on the center to form a pouch big enough to hold a service of ground coffee.
  • Using binder clips or clothespins, secure the cloth in place. Make sure to use enough clips to prevent the cloth from falling into the coffee.
  • Scoop one serving of coffee grounds and pour it into the pouch.
  • For two minutes, boil your coffee uncovered.
  • Pour a small amount of hot water over the coffee grounds, allowing at least 30 seconds for the grounds to soak completely.
  • Carefully and slowly pour in the rest of the hot water. Make necessary adjustments to the clips if they are starting to slip.
  • Remove the cloth along with the grounds, and enjoy your freshly brewed coffee.
Conclusion

These are just some of the creative ways you can make coffee without machine. Most of us are very dependent on using coffee makers to get our needed dose of coffee. However, unexpected situations can happen and it would be very helpful if we know a couple of alternative ways on how to make coffee without machine. We suggest to add a great pour over coffee maker to your kitchen and to your backpack for the ultimate coffee backup!

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