It’s arguably the scariest survival situation you could ever find yourself in: figuring out how to make coffee without a coffee maker.
Whether your a night owl or a coffee lover, finding yourself in a situation where you don’t have access to a coffee maker can be a downer, but it doesn’t have to be. Humans were making bean juice long before the invention of the automatic coffee pot, so there are hundreds of ways to brew a cup of joe without one.
That said, a lot of those methods require the use of some fancy extra contraption or tool; when all you need is some coffee grounds and a way to boil water.
How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker
First things first, before you can start brewing coffee, you’re going to need to gather the necessary equipment. Fortunately, when it comes to brewing survival coffee, the supply list is shockingly short. All you need is a small pot, water, coffee grounds, and a heat source. If you’re not sure which coffee bean best suits your interests, check out this guide.
Once you have all of your equipment together, you can begin brewing.
Step 1: Mix It Up
Before you get brewing, you’re going to have to do a little measuring. For every six ounces of water you use, you’re going to need one heaping tablespoon of coffee grounds. Once you figure out how much water and coffee you’ll need, add it all to your pot (water first!) and get cooking.
Step 2: Turn Up the Heat
With your coffee and water all measured out and ready to go, it’s time to get cooking. If you’re cooking on a stove, turn up the heat to about mid-range and bring your soon-to-be coffee to a boil. Once it’s boiling, stir it occasionally and let it brew for about two minutes.
Step 3: Settle and Serve
While it may smell tempting, you’ll need to wait a bit before pouring yourself a fresh cup, or you’ll wind up with a mouthful of coffee grounds. Once your coffee finishes brewing, remove the pot from the heat and set it off to the side for about five minutes to give them time to settle to the bottom.
After the grounds settle down, you can either gently pour your coffee into your waiting mug or use a spoon or ladle. Just remember to be careful and work slowly, or you risk accidentally stirring up the grounds again. If you’re worried about winding up with a bunch of gross spent coffee grounds in your mug and have a metal fine-mesh sieve, you can pour your coffee through it.
Making Coffee the Old Fashioned Way
Now that you know how to make coffee without a coffee maker, why not give it a shot? While this method is pretty simple and straightforward, while you’re struggling to navigate a coffee-free morning, the last thing you’ll want to do is try to master a new skill. After all, practice makes perfect, and coffee is always welcome.
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