I hear people say they like coffee and wouldn’t mind having it in their home but they don’t want to buy an expensive coffee maker.
My answer is you don’t need a coffee maker or filter to enjoy a freshly brewed cup every day.
Traditional Coffee Making Without a Maker
- Bring to boil 6 oz of water per serving in a pot or saucepan
- Add 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds for each cup
- Stir and allow to boil for 2 minutes
- Remove from heat and allow to sit for 4 minutes
- Carefully pour coffee into your cup while keeping coffee grounds inside in your pot/saucepan.
- Optional: add sugar and cream
While having a coffee maker can be make things easier there could be scenarios you want coffee but don’t have access to a maker or filters. Say you wanted to go camping. Bringing along your coffee beans and grinder is much easier than a coffee maker.
Freshly Roasted Coffee
Stale coffee sucks. I said it. Even though you don’t need a coffee maker, having freshly roasted coffee beans is important if you want a great tasting cup.
The taste and aroma of coffee will fade as it gets older. So if you are on the road or camping then pack some freshly roasted beans with you. (I even used my own coffee beans at hotels when traveling)
The best coffee you can have is when it’s the freshest.
Grind It Out
You have your freshly roasted beans and now you have to grind it. I can already smell it! This is going to release the aromatics of your beans.
A coffee’s aroma is also referred to as its Bouquet or Nose, and is distinguished from a coffee’s fragrance, which in coffee terms refers to the smell created by the coffee’s vapors and gases.
This happens during grinding phase. Because aroma is the release of flavorful compounds from coffee through the air, fresh coffee will have a much stronger aroma than older coffee and that’s also why it tastes better!
You have options from electric, battery powered and even hand operated grinders. Depending on how often you are making coffee you should pick up a grinder that fits your needs.
I say no matter what, having a manual grinder is a must. I have listed some of my favorite grinders in the resources section if you want to see my recommendations.
Now you’re going to need hot water. Coffee should be brewed with water that is between 195 and 205°F.
The temperature of the water affects how much it can extract from the coffee grounds.
No need to check your water’s temperature with a thermometer. Just boil water and let it stand for 30-45 seconds before use. ( the traditional method I will show your next tells you to add the grounds to boiling water and I do that assuming you aren’t using a filter and want the easiest method of making coffee without a maker)
- Add water to your pot and bring it to a boil.
- Once the water’s boiling, remove the pot from your fire and let it sit for 30 seconds. This will lower the water temperature to 200°F — the perfect temperature for brewing coffee.
- Add 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee for every 8 ounces of water. (You may want to measure how much water your pot holds and how much coffee a spoon you bring holds before going camping so you can measure accurately.)
- Stir the grounds into the water.
- Let the brew sit for 2 minutes and stir again.
- Let the coffee sit for 2 more minutes.
- After a total of 4 minutes of brewing, sprinkle a little cold water on the grounds. Yes, this actually does help them settle to the bottom.
- Slowly pour the coffee, so the grounds remain on the bottom of the pot.
That’s how you make your own cup of coffee without a maker. Adjust to taste, if it tastes too bitter, add more coffee. If it’s too sour, reduce the amount of coffee you use.