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5 Easy Ways: How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

Making coffee is something that most people enjoy doing. The pleasure of waking up in the morning, brewing a pot, and smelling it in the air is truly a fantastic way to set your day on track.

This doesn’t require any fancy appliances or unique materials- you just need water, ground coffee, a spoon, and a pot!

We’ll explore some of the most popular methods on how to make coffee without a coffee maker.

The Stovetop Method

Coffee Making With Moka Pot

If you don’t have enough supplies, this way will work. You can make coffee on your stovetop. Here are the easy steps to do it:

  1. Put water in a pot or cup and wait for it to boil
  2. Add ground coffee to the pot or cup and stir gently
  3. Add boiling water and serve

What you need:

  • A medium-sized pot or a cup and spoon
  • Ground coffee
  • Boiling water

How to brew it without a coffee maker?

Here is a quick step on how to make coffee without a coffee maker. Put one tablespoon of ground coffee into the pot/cup. Pour boiling water over the coffee and stir gently. Place the pot on the stove and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Cooldown by taking the cup off of the stove. You can also add ice if needed. Enjoy!

How does this work?

When you heat up water, its molecules move more quickly and start breaking apart from oils, fats, and carbohydrates, which dissolve much more rapidly in hot water than cold. Once these solids become dissolved in liquid, they’re called a “solution.”

The coffee grounds contain oils and fats that melt into the hot water when they’re swirled together. Once these oils are in solution, you can still taste their flavor, but it’s much weaker than if they were floating around on top of the coffee! This is why we don’t put milk or cream in our coffee at first- you want to take advantage of this effect. Also, the more surface area of the ground-up beans exposed to the hot water, the better your brew will be. So make sure to stir gently and really get all those coffee grounds wet!

Cowboy Coffee

Hot coffee

If you don’t have time to go through heating water and then cooling off a pot or cup, you can consistently just brew some cowboy coffee. This is similar to how your grandparents made it.

We’ll assume that you have cookware, a stove, and measuring utensils readily available in this process. However, it’s just as simple to make cowboy coffee using an old pot or campfire and honed skills.

How to brew it?

  1. Place cold water in a pot
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. When it’s near boiling, add two tablespoons of coffee grounds.
  3. Allow the mixture to cook for two minutes, stirring every thirty seconds. Cover the pot and remove it from heat.
  4. Wait until all of the coffee grounds have sunk to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Your coffee is ready!

This works really well if you’re making a single mug for yourself. But as a general rule, if you’re not going to drink it right away while it’s super hot, mixing weak with strong makes for much better coffee than brewing two pots using different ratios.

That being said… we prefer intensity over freshness all day long!

Use a Coffee Bag

Drip coffee bag in a mug. Trends in brewing coffee at home.

Coffee is a beverage that can be made without a coffee maker by using a coffee bag.

The main differences between tea and coffee are that the tea leaves will need to be steeped in hot water for a few minutes before releasing their flavor. In contrast, the coffee grounds will not need any time to steep before their flavor is released.

Coffee bags are available from supermarkets and can be used the same way as regular coffee beans, either with hot water or in a coffee machine.

It can be very beneficial to use a coffee bag for the following reasons:

  • It is quick and straightforward, with no waiting around for cups of water to boil or struggling with kitchen utensils.
  • You won’t have to worry about how much coffee there will be left in the machine after each cup has been made. Because the ground coffee that was used will be placed straight into the bin.
  • Coffee bags themselves are also easier to clean than standard machines.

There aren’t many disadvantages of using this method, but it may lack some flavor instead of if freshly ground coffee had been used.

Another disadvantage is that when buying a jar of ground coffee from supermarkets, it doesn’t tell you much about how strong your drink will be, whereas using fresh coffee will give you a more accurate measurement.

Filtered Coffee

Filter Coffee Making

If you heard the name Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz, you might guess that she founded the Melitta coffee company. However, you might not have thought that she invented the coffee filter, which she patented in 1908.

Bentz made a paper filter. She ripped some paper from her son’s notebook to make it. We will be doing the same thing, using a paper filter if one is available, but otherwise using whatever we can find around the house to filter out coffee grounds before they reach the coffee cup.

How to brew filtered coffee?

Assuming you’re using an actual coffee filter:

  1. Place the filter in your cup or pot.
  2. Place grounds into the filter, add 1 teaspoon for each 6 ounces water (or 2 tablespoons for every 8 ounces).
  3. Pour hot water over the grounds and allow to stand for four minutes.
  4. Remove the filter and enjoy!

If you don’t have a paper filter available, try one of these options instead:

Metal Coffee Filter Inserts – This will work about as well as a standard paper filter, if not better since it allows more coffee grains through than a small paper canister would allow. Line it with cheesecloth or any other thin cloth to get rid of some of the smaller particles that may end up causing problems for people who are picky about their coffee.

Baby Breath (Plant Filter)- This is an exciting option. Many people will tell you that the idea of using a whole plant to filter coffee is crazy. It probably is for many reasons, but it may work just as well as an actual paper filter when put into practice.

Simply take some babies’ breath flowers (or other tiny plant blossoms) and use them like you would a paper filter. If you’d instead not do this but want to find something similar in nature to baby’s breath, try searching around at your nearest farmer’s market for lavender plants, which can be used similarly.

They both allow more particles through than paper filters would since they’re so fine!

Cheesecloth – Filtering with cheesecloth seems familiar among the more adventurous coffee brewers. Quite honestly, it’s the best thing to use if you have nothing else around and need something that will filter your coffee.

Do you know of any other natural alternatives to paper filters? Leave a comment below!

Faking the French Press Method

Young man pouring coffee from french press working indoors, home office concept

French press coffee drinkers can duplicate the brewing process with minimal equipment. It is simple to do in a kitchen or outdoors over a campfire. If you don’t have a French press, then improvise by using any pot made of metal or glass.

Here are some straightforward steps to get a good cup of coffee from your French press:

What you will need:

  • Coffee grounds, preferably coarse-ground
  • Hot Water
  • Tablespoon
  • Deep bowl
  • Mug

How to brew it

  1. Place 1-2 teaspoons of ground beans into the bottom of the glass carafe.
  2. Pour boiling water onto the grounds and stir with a spoon for about 3 seconds.
  3. Let stand for 4 minutes without stirring.
  4. This will allow most coffee to seep through into the center chamber while allowing detergent oils to stay in the outer chamber.
  5. Slowly pour coffee grounds from the outer chamber into the container for disposal.
  6. Tilt carafe so that the remaining liquid gets mixed well and pour hot coffee into cups or mugs.
  7. Add milk as desired.

Be Sure to Experiment!

There are thousands of ways you can tweak this simple brewing method, just as there are thousands of different kinds of coffee blends that you will never have the opportunity to try. So please experiment with your homebrews and see what works best for you!

Instant Coffee (The Last Resort)

A black girl sugars coffee

It’s possible to use instant coffee as a replacement when you want to make coffee without a coffee maker.

For coffee enthusiasts, this may be the last resort when you want to enjoy a cup of coffee. Still, for others looking to save time or simply not have any other option, this may be an obvious way to get a quick cup of coffee.

How to brew it?

  1. First, read the directions on your specific type of coffee and prepare it according to those instructions.
  2. Then, place 2 teaspoons of ground coffee into a mug with 6 ounces water (or 3 tablespoons for 8 ounces).
  3. Mix well and allow it to sit for two minutes.
  4. Stir again and enjoy!

Whatever you do, don’t use powdered milk as an alternative because it tends to clump up instead of dissolving in liquid-like regular powdered milk would.

How Strong is Instant Coffee?

The coffee powder is designed to make a cup of coffee that’s identical in strength to regular brewed coffee. Still, some coffees may be stronger or weaker. To get an exact measure of the caffeine content in your cup, you’ll need to refer back to the instructions on the package and then do a few tests with that number.


Whether you use the cold brew, tea bag, or the cowboy method to make coffee without a coffee maker, the choice is up to you.

What is important is that you find a way to make coffee without spending money on coffee beans, and if it means using a pot from your kitchen, then so be it! No matter what method you choose to use, try drinking some water every once in a while before making another serving of coffee. This will prevent the caffeine rush, which may cause headaches.

For those who have never made coffee before, just take the time to read about each process (cold brew, cowboy, and tea bag) and pick one with a style that appeals most to you.

You’ll quickly learn all of the steps involved with making great-tasting coffee without an espresso machine or coffee maker, and when you’re done learning this process, start experimenting on your own!


Will my coffee taste the same?

As far as your tastebuds are concerned, instant coffee won’t be that different from regular brewed coffee since it’s basically made in the same way and contains nearly identical flavors.
Where you might notice the difference is when you start looking at the chemicals inside them–and how strong they make you feel–that’s where a more significant difference may appear. Your body absorbs caffeine much faster through instant coffee than it does with other forms of consumption, so be careful not to overindulge!

Will I save money if I always use this method?

The short answer is no, you won’t save money if you use this method for coffee every day…but it could help you in the long run. If you don’t have access to free coffee or a place to brew your own, then your only other option is buying expensive cups of coffee at cafes throughout the week.

Is instant coffee bad for me?

Some people may think it will be unhealthy for them if they consume too much of it. Still, research has shown that there are health benefits to drinking coffee compared to sugary beverages like soda and fruit juice.

What is the best way on how to make coffee without a coffee maker?

There is no “best” way to make coffee, but we say it’s best to use an actual coffee maker–it just gives you more control over the final product.

How do I use instant coffee in a drip brewer?

This one can be tricky because not all drip brewers work the same way. If you buy some as a gift or learn about it from someone who owns one, then try reading up on how they set up their brews and see if you’re comfortable setting yours up that way too!
*Keep in mind that if you aren’t using natural coffee grounds, then your other options are limited because of the size of your filter! Even for those with paper filters, this can still pose a problem!

How to make coffee without a coffee maker in the morning?

I would suggest you take french press. It doesn’t require electricity, but it’s not that difficult to use and clean. You can always purchase one of those electric drip machines for your home. They have these days pretty good automatic ones that will even turn off when they finish brewing!

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