How to Make a Cup of Coffee without a Coffee Maker


If you love coffee but don’t have a coffee maker, there is another way to make coffee. Or if you have one and you are away from it – you can get your delicious cup of coffee when you are camping or away from civilization. All you need is a pot of water, some ground beans, and a heat source.

Boil the water

Add the water into a saucepan – the amount of water should be the amount of coffee you want and a few additional tablespoons. But keep track of how much extra water you are adding since you will need that information when measuring out the coffee later. If you need help with this step, here is a recipe for it.

Add coffee

When the water comes to a rolling boil, then add your favorite ground coffee – medium-to-fine – about 2 tablespoons for every 6 ounces of water in the pot. That will give you a medium-strong coffee but regulate the amount you add (more for strong, less weak).

Give it time

Turn the heat off, when all the coffee grounds are in the pot. For good coffee, you don’t need to boil the coffee grounds, as you want a brew that is flavorful. Put the cover on the pot when the heat is off; wait for 5 minutes, looking a few times until the grounds have sunk to the pot’s bottom.


You then strain the coffee using a coffee sock or “fine-mesh sieve”, but neither one is needed since the grounds will all be at the bottom. Then you merely ladle the coffee out of the pot and into your mug. Then, good morning as you go ahead and enjoy your morning coffee– or use it in the coffee cake batter. Your choice – both good.

Use coarse grind

Brewing with a French press – like the Bodum model – is quite different from the pour-over method. With the pour-over method, the water goes through a filter, while with the press type, the coffee grounds steep in the water. Since the coffee and water are together, begin with a coarse grind – the grounds need to look something like bread-crumbs. If it is any finer you will only have a cup of very bitter or undrinkable coffee. Put about 8 tablespoons of coarse grinds in the bottom of the press and heat your water.