How to Make a Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

For coffee lovers, a coffee maker or a french press is a lifeline when you roll out of bed each morning. As the center of a morning routine, we can’t imagine life without our trusty coffee maker. Let’s prepare for the worst - what happens when your coffee maker breaks, your hotel room doesn’t have one, or your head on that yearly camping trip?

Don’t resort to running over to a local coffee shop and paying six dollars for a latte. Definitely don’t skip the daily cup of joe, we all know that doesn’t end well. There are various creative ways to make homemade coffee without a coffee maker. We will show you how to make coffee at home based on what supplies and tools you have on hand.

Saucepan Method

The saucepan method is probably the simplest way to brew coffee without a coffee maker. This method uses your kitchen staples: a small saucepan, water, spoon, ladle and ground coffee.

Step by Step

  • Pour water into the saucepan. As a guide use slightly more water than coffee.
  • Stir the coffee grounds into the water and bring the mixture to a boil at medium-high heat. Stir occasionally.
  • Boil uncovered for about two minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and let sit for about four minutes, allowing the grounds to float to the bottom of the pan.
  • Use a ladle to scoop the coffee from the surface. Be mindful not to scoop up the coffee grounds at the bottom of the pan.

Voila -fresh, hot coffee is served! Just add creamer or oat milk for more yummy flavor.

DIY French Press

Did you know you can duplicate your beloved french press with just a few kitchen supplies? This brewing method can be done in your kitchen or even on a campfire. Here is what you need: hot water, a deep bowl, ground coffee (coarse if possible) and a tablespoon.

Step by Step:

  • A one tablespoon of coffee to your bowl for every cup desired
  • Boil water and add small amount to the bowl, allowing it to fully saturate
  • Add the remaining amount of water to the bowl
  • Use the tablespoon to press down on the grounds. Holding the grounds at the bottom of the bowl, pour your coffee into a mug.

Using basic kitchen tools to mimic your french press coffee is a creative way to pour your cup in a pickle.

Cold Brew

This method can be used even if you have a coffee maker available, but just crave an iced cold brew. The cold brew technique is perfect if you are able to plan ahead of time (it will take about 14-24 hours to brew). Once prepped your iced coffee will be waiting for you when you're ready!

This method may call for a little bit more supplies. You will need coarse coffee grounds, 2 wide mouth mason jars, water. You will also need a cheesecloth or some sort of filtration methods like a fine mesh strainer or a handkerchief.

Step by Step:

  • Use the ratio of 1:5 ground coffee to water. First put the grounds in the water and wait 30 seconds. Add the rest of the water, stir, and seal the mason jar.
  • Throw this mixture in the fridge and wait about 14-24 hours. The longer it sits, the stronger the coffee.
  • When ready, put your cheesecloth or strainer over the mason jar to catch the ground, pour the cold brew into your clean mason jar.
  • Keep in the fridge for 7-10 days. When serving use as a concentrate- adding water until you reach the desired intensity.

Make it easier with Amora Cold Brew Blend. Our cold brew packs offer a simple, no-mess method to make cold brew so much easier! Read our detailed guide on How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home.

Cowboy Coffee

Cowboys need coffee too. Cowboy Coffee is known for being made around a campfire - this is the perfect method to impress your fellow campers. With this Cowboy Coffee recipe you won’t even realize you are roughing it. Here is what to pack: coffee grounds, water, a kettle/pot, a spoon, and your camping friendly mug.

Step by Step:

  • Bring your pot of water to a boil
  • Once boiling, remove water and let sit for 30 seconds bringing your water to 200 °F (best temperature for coffee brewing)
  • Add 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds for every 8 ounces of water. Stir.
  • Let the mix sit for 2 minutes. Stir again. Let sit for another 2 minutes.
  • After 4 minutes, sprinkle in some cold water to let grounds sit at the bottom.
  • Slowly pour the coffee, keeping the grounds at the bottom of the pot.

Pro-Tip: Measure out how much water your pot will hold, so you can pack how much grounds you will need on your camping trip. Pack smarter and lighter!

High-Quality Grounds for High-Quality Coffee

Just because you may not have a coffee maker, doesn’t mean you can’t make a mean cup of joe. What is the key to a great cup of coffee? Easy, high Quality coffee grounds!

Amora Coffee

At Amora Coffee, we understand the difference a freshly-roasted bean can make in the taste of your morning cup of coffee. Amora Coffee promises an exceptional cup of coffee with each pour. We use the finest beans and a 9-stage roasting process, plus we cut out the middle man shipping the freshest coffee directly to your door.

In a bind with no coffee maker accessible, high-quality coffee beans are crucial to making your DIY coffee taste just like the real thing. Explore and choose from our various blends - your perfect cup of coffee is unique to your taste buds!


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