How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker - 11 Easy Ways

How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker - 11 Easy Ways

There are a few methods you can use to make coffee without a coffee maker. The cowboy method, making a makeshift filter, or making a DIY coffee bag are all possible ways to make coffee without using an actual coffee maker. The improvised French press is the best way to make coffee without electricity or a scale. To make coffee using this method, boil water on the stove or in a coffee pot and add the desired amount of ground coffee. Allow the mixture to steep and enjoy!

What factors should you consider when choosing a method?

What equipment is needed - you don't have a coffee maker, but do you have a Chemex, or an Aeropress? Whilst we explore all the different ways to make coffee, we find that it's best to also include these alternatives so if you hadn't heard of them, you could explore them.

If you're looking to make coffee without any fancy equipment except with what you already have at home - there are some options available!

1. Make a "coffee bag" out of a filter.

coffee filter

To make coffee without a coffee maker, you can use a filter. To do this, tie a piece of string to the end of a paper filter and put it in your mug. Boil water and pour it into the mug, letting the coffee steep for 4 minutes. Remove the filter and enjoy your hot cup of coffee.

2. The Cowboy Coffee Method

kettle boiling water on stovetop

To make cowboy coffee, you'll need coffee grounds, water, and a kettle or pot. Boil the water and add the coffee grounds. Stir well. Pour the coffee slowly into your mug, avoiding the grounds as best you can. Cowboy coffee is made by boiling water with coffee grounds and adding cold water.

It has a bold and flavorful taste similar to percolator coffee. Cowboy coffee is best served in mugs with the grounds left behind since boiling water reduces the acidity in coffee. The resulting coffee has a bold, flavorful taste similar to that of percolator coffee.

3. The French Press Coffee Method

french press making coffee

To use a French press, add hot water to the carafe and stir in the desired amount of ground coffee. Place the plunger on top of the carafe and let it steep for 3-4 minutes before pressing down on the plunger and serving.

The French press method of making coffee is a great way to make coffee without a coffee maker. The French press is a classic design with a chrome-plated steel frame that helps to preheat the glass. The cowboy method uses more finesse and is similar to the French press, but it's not as classic. The French press method produces a more full-bodied flavor than other methods.

4. The Stovetop Coffee Method

gooseneck kettle

To make the best stovetop coffee, use 2 tbsp of ground coffee for every 6 oz of water. Boil water in a gooseneck kettle, transfer it to the saucepan, and turn the heat up to medium before adding the grounds. Brew for 5 minutes, using a ladle to dip out the coffee without disturbing the granules at the bottom.

5. The Turkish Coffee Method

The Turkish Coffee Method is a way of making coffee that produces a thick, frothy broth with a strong flavor. To make Turkish coffee, you will need a Turkish coffee pot, water, sugar, and finely ground Turkish coffee beans.

First, fill the pot with water and place it on the stove. Then, add the coffee grounds to the pot. Place the pot on medium-high heat and wait until it comes to a boil. When it boils, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until desired strength is reached.

The fine grounds in the coffee beans work together with water to create a potent brew. Stir the coffee every few minutes to keep it warm.

6. The Moka Pot Coffee Method

moka pot pouring coffee into mug

The Moka Pot Coffee Method works by using pressure to filter hot water, rather than drip, which gives you a more streamlined and faster coffee making process. You'll need 2 tbsp of coffee grounds for every 6 oz of water. Boil your water in the kettle before filling your coffee pot, then turn the stovetop on medium heat and leave it to simmer until the top chamber is full of freshly brewed coffee!

The benefits of using the Moka Pot Coffee Method include better-quality coffee than using a stovetop or even an espresso machine, faster and easier than using a regular pot or stovetop, and more consistent results than using other methods.

See related article on Moka Pot Brewing Vs. Clever Dripper

7. The Cold Brew Coffee Method

cold brew coffee in mason jar

Cold brew coffee is made by slowly brewing coffee with water. Use 1 cup coffee beans and coarsely grind them. Pour into a container (mason jar or other cold brew containers) and add 4 cups of water. Let it steep in the fridge for 12 hours.

This method of making coffee results in a robust flavor with no bitterness or acidity. Cold brew can be drunk cold or heated before drinking, making it a versatile beverage choice. Some people would make it more concentrated (double the beans) and add water right before drinking (Starbucks and coffee shops typically do this).

8. The Instant Coffee Method

instant coffee on a teaspoon about to be poured into a red mug

The Instant Coffee Method is a coffee brewing method that uses hot water and instant coffee. Follow instructions on your instant coffee grounds. This is commonly used for campers since it is fairly simple.

9. The Pour Over Coffee Method

coffee glass mug with pourover ceramic

Pour over coffee is made by brewing hot water over grounds and filtering it through a piece of cloth or cheesecloth. This method is slower than other methods, but it yields a more flavorful cup of coffee.

10. The Aeropress Coffee Method

hand pushing down coffee through an aeropress coffee maker

The Aeropress coffee method is a way to make coffee using a device that pushes the coffee through filters. The benefits of using the Aeropress include that it's easy to use, fast, and portable. It's also a great way to improve your coffee skills. Special equipment - namely, the Aeropress, is required for this method so it's not as easy. However it's pretty portable, so also popular with campers.

See related article on Aeropress vs. Clever Dripper

11. The Chemex Coffee Method

chemex coffee

The Chemex Coffee Method is a brewing method that uses a paper coffee filter and rubber band to create a makeshift pour over. This method is less intuitive than the tea-bag method, but it is more effective. To brew Chemex coffee, grounds, a paper filter or fine mesh, coffee mug, pot or saucepan, paper clips or elastics, and coffee are needed. It is very similiar to pour-over, except that it's one device with two chambers so you don't need a pour-over stand and a mug to catch the coffee underneath.


What are the drawbacks of making coffee without a coffee maker?

The drawbacks of making coffee without a coffee maker are that it can be more difficult to make a consistent cup of coffee, and the coffee may not taste as good as it would from a coffee maker. Additionally, making coffee without a coffee maker can be messier and take longer than using an electric coffee maker.

However, if you're using coffee devices such as Aeropress, Chemex, of French Press, it is possible to get the same cup every time! Other crude methods such as making a tea bag out of a coffee filter might produce varying results.

What is the most convenient method for campers?

water kettle for camping and making coffee

Instant coffee is quickest and most convenient. However if you don't mind carrying with you a tube the size of a tumbler, the Aeropress is a good choice. Although messier, using a coffee filter as a "tea bag" method is also easy to take with ou

How do you make iced coffee?

Iced coffee can be made with a few simple steps and ingredients you already have at home. Cold brew coffee requires no coffee maker and is perfect for when you're craving iced coffee.

Cold brew coffee is the best way to make iced coffee without a coffeemaker. To make cold brew, simply mix ground coffee with water in a ratio of 1:8 (one part ground beans to eight parts water). Let the mixture steep overnight in the fridge, then strain it through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh sieve into another container. When you’re ready to drink it, dilute the concentrate with water or milk to taste.