How to Make Coffee

Without a Coffee Maker

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How to Make Coffee on the Stove


One of the most common ways to make coffee when you do not have a coffee maker is to use your stove.  Believe it or not, there are many different ways you can use your stove top to brew coffee.  The different methods do have one thing in common – they are inexpensive and will require little to no extra materials or gadgets. 


Three of the most popular ways to make coffee on the stove are what we will call the drip brew method, the cowboy method, and the bagged method.



1 – The Drip Brew Method


Your first option for how to make coffee on the stove is very similar to the way that a coffeemaker would drip brew coffee.  This method is a great way to get a smooth cup of coffee that can be customized to your preferences.  The entire process should take about ten minutes. 


What You Need:

  1. Coffee mug or carafe

  2. A filter (A reusable single-cup filter is great, but a standard coffee filter works as well.)

  3. Coffee grounds (Two to three heaping teaspoons, depending on how strong you prefer your coffee)

  4. Water – One to two cups of water

  5. Pot or teapot

  6. Optional: Rubber band, depending on the filter you use


How to Drip Brew Coffee Without a Coffeemaker:

  1. Add the water to your pot or teapot and heat on the stovetop until boiling.  If you prefer, you could also heat your water in the microwave for a few minutes using a microwave-safe, pourable container.

  2. While the water is heating up, place your filter over the opening of your coffee mug or carafe.  If you are using a standard paper coffee filter, you may want to secure the filter to the mug using a rubber band.

  3. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, add two or three heaping teaspoons of coffee grounds to the filter.

  4. Once the water is boiling hot, slowly pour the water over the coffee grounds in the filter. Wait for most the water to filter through, then continue to add the hot water in intervals.

  5. Once most the liquid has filtered through to the mug, carefully remove the filter.

  6. Add cream, milk, sugar, or whatever you prefer in your coffee and enjoy.



2 – The Cowboy Method


The "Cowboy Method" has been used for centuries to make coffee without a coffeemaker.  As with the drip method, you can customize the strength of the coffee by adding more or less grounds to the water.  However, with the cowboy method you can also vary the strength and taste of your coffee by brewing the coffee for a shorter or longer amount of time. 


There are two different options you have for making your coffee with this method.  You can either add the coffee grounds to cold water and heat them both together, or you can choose to preheat the water before adding the coffee.  This method will take anywhere between ten and twenty minutes depending on how long you want your coffee to brew.


What You Need:

  1. Coffee mug or carafe

  2. A filter (A reusable single-cup filter is great, but a standard coffee filter works as well.)

  3. Coffee grounds (Two to three heaping teaspoons, depending on how strong you prefer your coffee)

  4. Water – One to two cups of water

  5. Pot or teapot

  6. Optional: Rubber band, depending on the filter you use


How to Make It - Option 1:

  1. Add the water and coffee grounds to your pot or pan.

  2. Place the pot or pan on an eye of your stove and set it to medium high heat. 

  3. Bring the coffee and water mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

  4. Gently stir the mixture occasionally to reduce the foam that will form.

  5. Let the coffee mixture simmer for about five more minutes depending on how strong you prefer your coffee.

  6. Once the coffee is finished brewing, you can either strain the mixture through a filter or gently pour the coffee into a mug leaving as many coffee grounds in the pot as possible.


How to Make it – Option 2:

  1. Heat your water over the stove in a pan or saucepan until it is boiling.

  2. Meanwhile, place the coffee grounds in the bottom of a heat-safe container such as another pot or a large liquid measuring cup.

  3. Once the water is boiling, pour the water over the coffee grounds.

  4. Let the mixture sit for two or three minutes, then gently stir the coffee and water until it is combined.  Then let the coffee sit for another three to five minutes depending on how strong you prefer your coffee.

  5. Once the coffee is finished brewing, you can either strain the mixture through a filter or gently pour the coffee into a mug leaving as many coffee grounds in the pot as possible.



3 – The Bagged Method


One of the easiest ways to make coffee on the stove is with the bagged coffee method.  This method is very similar to brewing a tea bag.  You can either purchase individual coffee bags or make your own.


What You Need:

  1. Pot

  2. Water (One to two cups)

  3. Coffee Bag


How to Make:

  1. Use a pot or teapot to boil your water over your stovetop.  You could also use a microwave to bring your water to a boil.

  2. Place the coffee bag in a mug and pour the hot water over it.

  3. Let the coffee brew for three to five minutes, depending on how strong you prefer your coffee.

  4. Once the coffee has brewed to your desired strength, remove the bag and enjoy your coffee.