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Wondering How to Brew Delicious Coffee Without a Coffee Maker?

Minimalism, tidying up, tiny houses, capsule wardrobes—taking a less-is-more approach to daily living has become a part of modern culture. However, the same can’t always be said for the culture of caffeine.

Perhaps you embrace the minimalist movement, travel frequently, camp often, or maybe, you’ve recently discovered a broken coffee maker. Whatever the reason, in this article, we’ll show you 3 easy ways to brew amazing coffee without a coffee maker.

3 Ways to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

The Stovetop Method

What you’ll need: Coffee (coarsely ground, 1 to 2 tablespoons per cup), water (8 or more ounces per cup), a pinch of salt, and a pot or saucepan.

Remember: You’ll need 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons of coffee for each 8-ounce cup. Stick to this ratio if you want to brew more coffee. Since water evaporates when it boils, add a bit more water than you think you’ll need.

  1. In a pot, heat the water and salt over medium heat until bubbles begin to form around the edge.
  2. Stir the coffee and water together to ensure the grounds won’t clump together.
  3. Boil the mixture uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir occasionally, so the grounds won’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  4. After the coffee has boiled for a few minutes, remove the pot from the heat and let it steep for about five minutes, allowing the grounds to settle to the bottom.
  5. Use a ladle or pour the coffee into a cup gently to let the grounds stay in the pot. A few grounds will likely end up in your cup, so you might not want to finish that last sip.

The Faux French Press Method

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What you’ll need: Coffee grounds (preferably coarse-ground), hot water, a tablespoon, a deep bowl, and a mug.

  1. Pour one tablespoon of coffee grounds per cup into your bowl.
  2. Fill the grounds with boiling water, allowing it to completely saturate them.
  3. Add enough hot water to cover the servings in your bowl. Let it sit for four minutes.
  4. Once the grounds have settled, gently press them to the bottom of the bowl with your tablespoon.
  5. Pour the coffee slowly into your mug, using the spoon to keep the grounds in the bottom of the bowl, so they don’t fall into your mug.

The Coffee Bag Method

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What you’ll need: Ground coffee, hot water, coffee filter, string (just make sure it’s not waxy), and a mug.

  1. Measure out a single serving of coffee grounds and pour it into the filter.
  2. Make a small pouch by closing the filter tightly and tying it with a length of string, leaving one long end hanging outside your cup just like a teabag.
  3. Heat water with any method you have at your disposal, such as a kettle, pot, or even a cup in the microwave.
  4. Put the coffee bag you created into an empty mug.
  5. Make sure you do not overfill your cup with hot water as you pour it over the coffee bag.
  6. The coffee should steep for about four minutes. You may adjust the time depending on how strong or weak you want your brew.
  7. Be sure to discard the filter before drinking.

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