How To Make Coffee Without A Coffee Maker

how to make coffee without a coffee maker


Ever wondered how your coffee could taste like if it wasn’t for your brewer or dripper that makes it smooth for you to sip as many cups as you like? What if someday you wake up to find your coffee machine not working? If you thought not having a coffee machine means no coffee, if this article a read as we have come up with some amazing techniques that can help you make coffee even without a coffee maker. The tricks are simple and effective in helping you brew coffee without the use of a brewer, dripper or a coffee machine.

But before we get tell you about the methods of making coffee without a coffee maker, here are a few basics you need to keep in mind while making coffee:

  • Use Fresh Coffee Beans That Are Finely Grounded: For your coffee to taste good it is important that your coffee beans are fresh and finely grounded. The difference between finely grounded coffee and coarse coffee will have its direct impact on the taste of the coffee. So ensure that your coffee beans are fresh.
  • Ensure That Your Coffee Is Roasted Well: Always use coffee that have been roasted within two weeks. The duration of the roasting could make a huge difference!
  • Temperature oF Water Should Be Right: If the water is too hot, it could leave a bitter taste in your coffee and you would be wondering if your coffee beans have been stale. On the other hand if the water is too cold, the flavour of your coffee beans will not come out as expected. Ideally, the correct temperature in the process of brewing is between 190-210 degrees.

If you thought to make good coffee it was mandatory to have a good coffee machine – you are wrong! Here in we share with you some easy tricks to brew coffee without the help of a coffee maker. Of course there will be a slight difference in taste as compared to a coffee brewed in a coffee maker that would provide you with filtered water, piping, fresh grounds but at least be assured you won’t get bad coffee either.


1. Makeshift French Press

If your French Press is not available to you at the moment and you want to enjoy rich in flavour coffee that is of the same taste as coffee brewed in a French Press, here’s a method that is similar to the brewing procedure of a French Press. All you need is two mugs and some hot water and you’re good to go! We assure you the taste will be as good as that of coffee made in French Press.

This Is What You Will Need:

  • 2 mugs: One of these mugs will be used for brewing while the other one will be used for drinking coffee in it.
  • Hot water: Water should be slightly below boiling temperature.
  • Finely grounded fresh coffee: Medium ground coffee will also do for the purpose.


  1. Firstly grind your coffee beans normally as you do (even medium coarse coffee would also do). For a cup of coffee, that is for a 250 ml cup, you will need two full table spoon of coffee and will also depend on how strong your coffee to be.
  2. Put the grounded coffee in a clean mug and pour hot water over it which is enough to make the grounds wet.
  3. Wait for about thirty seconds and then pour the rest of the water over it.
  4. You could set a timer if you want and then allow the coffee brew for about four-five minutes, depending on how strong you want the coffee to be.
  5. Now pour the coffee in the cup you want to drink from but be steady in doing so to make sure you don’t drop the wet grounds in the cup.

2. Microwave Method

If you are reading this article we are assuming either you do not have a coffee machine or it is not working of late. So why waste time if you want to make a cup of good coffee today, right? If you have a microwave in your kitchen and some coffee grounds, it could do the work for you. This is the simplest in the list and the most convenient.

This Is What You Will Need:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Water
  • Coffee mug
  • Microwave


  1. Fill the coffee mug with the required amount of water and put it in the microwave for about two-three minutes. The water will be hot enough but not at boiling temperature.
  2. Now put two tablespoons of coffee grounds in it.
  3. Now let the mix stay like that for about three-four minutes, until the coffee grounds settle at the bottom of the coffee mug.
  4. Your coffee will be ready to be served.

3. Makeshift Coffee Filter

If you thought you need a coffee filter every time you brew coffee, you are mistaken! You could do with a makeshift coffee filter as well, which will allow you to brew your coffee in the same way that you will brew in a coffee filter. All you will need are the right materials for it!

This Is What You Will Need:

  • Freshly grounded coffee, which could also be medium-ground.
  • Hot water, slightly below boiling temperature.
  • If you do not have a standard coffee filter, you could do with a handkerchief, or a paper towel as well that sorts the purpose of filtering the coffee grounds for you.
  • Large coffee mug
  • Paper clips, binders, or rubber band – anything that can hold the makeshift filter safely and in place.

Make sure that the makeshift filter you use is thick enough that is good at absorbing and ideal for filtering purpose, which is why handkerchief is good for the purpose as it is durable at the given temperature and can hold the pressure of water considerably.


  1. To prepare the makeshift filter, get a clean handkerchief or paper towel (thick enough) and fold it in a way that it fits the access of the cup. Ensure that you leave at least an inch or two of the cloth to hang by the side of the cup.
  2. Now hold by the side of the cup well with clips to tighten it and ensure that the cloth stays in place when you pour hot water through it.
    Make sure that the grounded coffee is as fine as sea salt.
  3. Grind only that much coffee as required for your cup and once that is done place it over the makeshift filter. Shake it over the filter to spread it evenly over it.
  4. Now boil two cups of water and once it has been sufficiently boiled, let it cool down for thirty seconds.
  5. Now pour a small amount of water over the ground to make sure that the coffee grounds become wet enough. After thirty seconds, pour the rest of the hot water over it.
  6. Once this is done, the coffee grounds will be completely saturated and the water will slowly start seeping through the handkerchief.
  7. Now carefully remove the binders on the side of your makeshift filter, and your coffee will be ready to be served!

4. DIY Coffee Bag Method

You might have come across situations when you have no coffee bags left in your kitchen, so how do you make coffee then? In this method, we will teach you how to make a coffee bag. It is actually quite simple. Take the tea out of your tea bag and fill it in with medium-course coffee ground.

This Is What You Will Need:

  • Medium-course coffee ground
  • Hot water
  • A coffee filter
  • Strings (not coated with wax)
  • A coffee mug


  1. Take the required amount of coffee grounds and pour it in the coffee filter.
  2. Now cover the filter well in a way that you make a pouch filled with coffee grounds.
  3. Now take a string to tie up the pouch and ensure that you have a long end hanging for you to dip it in the water.
  4. Heat water required for the coffee using a kettle or even a microwave.
  5. Now put the coffee bag you created in a coffee mug.
  6. Pour hot water into the cup without overfilling it.
  7. Keep the coffee bag in the hot water for four to five minutes depending on how strong you want the coffee to be.
  8. Take the bag out of the mug and enjoy your coffee!
washed coffee beans

5. Saucepan Method

Coffee can be prepared with limited supply of kitchen items as well. You can brew up a coffee using kitchen basics as well right on top of your stove.

This Is What You Will Need:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Hot water
  • Saucepan
  • Coffee mug


  1. Pour the required amount of water in the saucepan.
  2. Now put the required amount of coffee grounds in the water.
  3. Boil the coffee but ensure that you do not burn the coffee grounds at the bottom of the saucepan.
  4. Let it boil for two to three minutes.
  5. Now remove the saucepan from the stove and let it cool for three to four minutes, depending on how strong you want the coffee to be.
  6. You can now pour the coffee in your coffee mug slowly, ensuring that you don’t drop all the coffee grounds at the bottom of the pan in it.

6. Strainer Technique

In a situation if your coffee maker required some repair and you did not even have filters, wouldn’t you call it a bad luck? You do not need to go to that grocery store in case you have a strainer at home. However, you have to make sure that it is not a really old one and does not have too many holes in it as it could block the coffee grounds from going inside the coffee mug.

This Is What You Will Need:

  • Hot water
  • Saucepan
  • Coffee ground
  • Strainer
  • Coffee mug


  1. Take the required amount of water in the saucepan.
  2. Add the required amount of coffee grounds, which is usually two full teaspoons to brew it and stir it right after.
  3. Boil the water as required for up to at least two minutes.
  4. Now remove the the saucepan from the heat.
  5. Carefully hold the strainer right above the coffee mug and slowly pour the coffee in the mug.
  6. The strainer will keep the grounds in it and prevent it from flowing into the coffee mug.

7. Cowboy Technique

This technique is an old one for brewing good coffee that is usually used during camping trips and we will teach you how to apply it at home. It is not really a difficult one and all you need are a pot, something to heat up the pot, some finely grounded coffee and hot water. You don’t need a coffee machine or even a French Press, however the quality of coffee grounds is important here.

This Is What You Will Need:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Hot water
  • Saucepan
  • Coffee mug
  • Teaspoon


  1. Put the required amount of water in the pan.
  2. Put the coffee grounds in the water and stir it.
  3. Put the stove at medium and make the coffee boil.
  4. Let the coffee boil for about two minutes and keep the saucepan uncovered.
  5. Now remove the saucepan and let it cool for about four to five minutes depending on how strong you want the coffee to be.
  6. Now slowly pour the coffee in your coffee mug in such a way that the coffee ground deposits don’t dip in the mug.
  7. Your coffee is ready to be served!

As we have shown you these easy to apply tricks for making coffee without a coffee maker, it however does not mean that you give up on your coffee maker or throw them away. These DIY tricks are only meant for emergency purpose, when you urgently make coffee and do not have your coffee maker around or it is not working properly, or may be when you are on camping or a road trip. These tips are even better for outdoor adventure purpose with your friends and family. We are sure you will thank us when you put them to use!

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