You've just woken up and you're dying to have a cup of coffee to wake up properly, but you find that the coffeepot has broken down. You pinch yourself, thinking this is all a nightmare – but it's not. Do not fear! There are many ways to make coffee without using a coffee maker. Here are some different techniques.
Makes 1 cup of coffee
- 15 or 30 ml of ground coffee OR 5 or 10 ml of instant coffee
- 180 or 250 ml of hot water.
Method 1 of 5: First Method: Use a Strainer
Step 1. Heat the water
You can heat water using a pot, kettle, microwave or electric heater.
- Heating through the kettle is the most recommended method, followed closely by the pan. In either case, fill the container with enough water to create the desired amount of coffee. Boil the liquid at medium or high temperature.
- Microwave water can be dangerous if not done carefully. Put the water in a microwave-resistant glass and dip a non-metallic object, such as a wooden toothpick, into the liquid. Heat the water slowly at intervals of 1 or 2 minutes until you get the desired temperature.
- It's easy to use an electric heater. Pour enough water into the heater and turn on the device. Heat it to medium or full temperature, and wait a few minutes. The water should start to bubble or boil.
Step 2. Measure the ground coffee in a measuring cup
Add enough coffee to create the desired number of servings.
- You should add about 15-30 ml of ground coffee for every 250 ml of water.
- Use your largest measuring cup, especially if you plan to make more than one cup of coffee.
- If you don't have a large measuring cup, you can also use a heatproof bowl or pitcher.
Step 3. Pour hot water over the ground coffee
Pour the water directly into the measuring cup.
For this method, filters will not be needed. Coffee and water can mix together
Step 4. Let the coffee stand in water for 3 minutes
Stir well and let it sit for another 3 minutes.
The amount of time can vary depending on the type of coffee you use and how strong you want it. This amount of time produces an average cup using good quality coffee
Step 5. Strain the coffee while pouring the liquid into the mug
Place a tea strainer over a mug or other cup. Pour the liquid through the strainer. Repeat to fill any remaining mugs.
- The strainer must capture the coffee beans, preventing them from entering your cup.
- By the end of this step, your coffee should be ready to drink. Add cream and sugar when desired and enjoy.
Method 2 of 5: Method Two: Use a Filter
Step 1. Heat the water
Use a pot, pan, microwave or electric heater.
- To heat water in a pot, fill it with enough water and bring it to a boil on a stove using medium or high temperature.
- To heat water in the microwave, place it in a secure container together with a wooden spoon or other non-metallic utensil. Warm up at 1 or 2 minute intervals.
- Fill an electric water heater with the required amount of liquid and activate it. Boil water at medium or high temperature.
Step 2. Put the powder in a coffee filter
Add enough to fill the center of the filter. Make a small package with the filter when tying its ends.
- Tie the ends together to prevent the coffee from going into the liquid. Essentially, you are creating a kind of tea bag.
- Tie the filter with a fairly long string. That way you can pull it out as soon as the coffee is ready.
- This method works best if you only intend to brew one cup of coffee at a time. If you want to brew enough coffee to fill multiple mugs, you'll need to create enough bags to fill each cup.
- The coffee produced by this method is slightly weaker than that produced by the strainer action. As a result, you should use at least 30 ml of ground coffee for every cup (250 ml) of water. Any amounts smaller than these produced a weak coffee.
Step 3. Pour water into your filter
Place the filter in your cup and pour hot water directly into it.
When using multiple filters, place each one in your mug. Don't try to create a large portion by combining filters in a large bowl
Step 4. Let the coffee sit for 3 or 4 minutes
- If you prefer stronger coffee, wait 4 or 5 minutes.
- Weaker coffees require 2 or 3 minutes to wait.
- There is no need to move the product during this time.
Step 5. Remove the filter and enjoy
Pull the string to remove the bag. Add cream and sugar as desired and serve.
Squeeze the bag slightly by placing a spoon next to it to force out more liquid. Since the liquid inside the package has had prolonged contact with the coffee, this will create a slightly stronger product
Method 3 of 5: Method Three: Use a Casserole
Step 1. Place the coffee and water in a small saucepan
Gently stir the mixture to help combine the ingredients.
Use about 15-30 ml for every 250 ml of water
Step 2. Heat the water to a boil
Place the casserole on the stove and heat it to medium-high temperature. Allow the water to come to a boil.
Stir the coffee occasionally while it boils
Step 3. Simmer for 2 minutes
Start the timer as soon as the water has come to a full boil. Allow the coffee to boil for 2 minutes, uncovered, before removing the casserole from the heat.
As soon as you turn off the heat, the coffee will sink into the casserole
Step 4. Pour coffee into a cup
You can pour in slowly and carefully as the coffee must remain at the bottom of the casserole. The strainer is unnecessary.
That said, you can still pour your coffee through a percolator if you have one. Doing so will prevent any minimal coffee beans from getting into your mug
Method 4 of 5: Method Four: Use a French Press
Step 1. Boil the water
Consider using a casserole, pan, microwave or electric heater – it all depends on what resources are available to you.
- A kettle is ideal, but casseroles work very similarly. Fill the kettle with enough water to make your coffee. Place it on the stove and heat it to medium or high temperature. The water should start to boil.
- Heat the water in the microwave by placing it in a secure container. Insert a wooden toothpick or other non-metallic utensil into the water to prevent it from overheating. Use the microwave at short intervals and less than 2 minutes until the water completely heats up.
- You can heat water in an electric heater by adding it to the device, turning it on and setting a heat to medium or high temperature.
Step 2. Put the coffee in your French press
Add 15ml of coffee to your press for every 125ml of water.
A coffee aficionado would insist on using fresh coffee, but it is possible to use ground coffee
Step 3. Pour the water into your French press
Pour the water directly over the coffee in your press, making sure it is completely saturated.
- Hit several spots on the coffee to ensure it is really saturated.
- As you pour the liquid, you should notice a kind of stain forming on the surface of the coffee.
- Use a toothpick to stir this mixture and bring the stain closer.
Step 4. Let it rest
Place the filter apparatus on top of the press and allow the coffee to rest for a few minutes.
- 2 or 3 minutes should be enough in small press pots.
- Larger presses may need a 4-minute wait.
Step 5. Submerge the filter
Grab the filter at the top of the device and press it down.
Press the filter down steadily and slowly. If it gets crooked, the coffee will escape into the upper portion of the press
Step 6. Pour the coffee
Pour it directly into your cup.
Hold the lid to prevent it from slipping or disengaging during the process
Method 5 of 5: Method Five: Use Instant Coffee
Step 1. Heat the water
Without a coffee maker, water can be boiled in a kettle, saucepan, electric heater, or microwave.
- To boil water in a kettle or saucepan, fill the utensil with enough water for your coffee and place it on the stove. Heat to medium or high temperature and remove as soon as the water starts to boil.
- To heat water in the microwave, place it in a secure container together with a wooden spoon or other non-metallic utensil. Heat at 1 or 2 minute intervals until water starts to bubble.
- Heat your water using an electric heater. Fill the device with water and plug it into an outlet to activate it. Program it to heat the liquid to medium or high temperature until the water is ready.
Step 2. Measure the instant coffee
Each brand of instant coffee varies in its quantities, but you should normally use between 5 and 10 ml of instant coffee for every 180 ml of water.
Pour instant coffee directly into your mug
Step 3. Pour in the water and stir
Pour enough hot water over the coffee beans. Mix well and add sugar and cream as desired.