How Do You Make Coffee Without a Machine? (Easy)

Pouring water over coffee filter

Since coffee is the most convenient go-to source of energy boost, the invention of coffee machines has made the journey of coffee romance for the drinker more efficient.

Coffee machines help in a super-easy and versatile way of preparing coffee. It’s convenient in many cases since it doesn’t require many tools.

However, many tech-friendly drinkers might wonder about some simple ways to prepare their coffee when the machine goes wrong. Most of the ways to prepare coffee are old and traditional so there isn’t much to wonder about.

The methods are simple and convenient for busy people who are always in a rush with their coffee mugs.

Short answer: There are many methods to prepare coffee without a machine. You can use a stove, coffee bags, strainer, or other convenient methods to prepare the brew and make your coffee.

The following sections have a detailed explanation regarding the ways to prepare the coffee.

Enjoy your reading!

What Coffee Should Beginners Make?

If you’re a beginner try to choose the easy coffee varieties at first. Trying the basic coffee varieties will help you in knowing the ratio of the ingredients used and the brewing strength required.

However, instant coffee often contains sugar and preservatives, so it’s better to brew freshly grounded beans ready at your home.

One of the simplest ways to make coffee is to use the pour-over or drip method that involves a coffee cone and paper filter.

Start brewing the regular black coffee at first and slowly you’ll understand how the ratio of the ingredients work and how to adjust the heat depending on the drinks.

How to Make Coffee in An Old-Fashioned Way?

Most of the old method of coffee brewing is simple.
The common method of brewing coffee is old but simple.

The old-fashioned brewing of coffee is quite simple and very common in households. You need to place the coffee grounds and filter over the coffee cup and then slowly pour water over the grounds.

The method involved is somewhere between a french press and a percolator.

The things you’ll be needed are kosher salt, coarsely ground coffee, water, a saucepan, coffee mugs, and a reusable coffee filter.

For the first step, you need to combine a dash of salt, coffee grounds, and water in a moderate-sized saucepan. You need to bring the mixture to a boil on the stove.

When the contents are properly heated, remove the saucepan from the store and let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes. This will help the coffee to steep and the grounds to settle nicely.

You can pour the liquid mixture into coffee cups or mugs, keeping the coffee grounds at the bottom of the saucepan. If you don’t like it this way, you can set a reusable coffee filter on top of the mugs to filter out the grounds while pouring the liquid.

This is undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to brew your coffee. Coffee enthusiasts have admired this method since the beginning and I am pretty sure even with the nicest machine, this method is amazing.

How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker?

There are several ways to make your cup of joe if your machine isn’t working is tumbling while turning on.

Here is a video to show how to make a coffee without a maker.

Let me get into the methods and you can simply choose your convenient one.

NameExplanation
The Stovetop MethodAs the name already shows, this method includes brewing the filter in a pan over the stove. Many might not find this method an alternative to the pipping hot filter from the machine but still, these substitutes go a long way.

You’ll be needing ground coffee, water, ladle, spoon, coffee mug, and saucepan for these. The kitchen basics are enough for helping you to get through this traditional coffee-making method.
The method of preparation is already mentioned in the above section since this is similar to traditional brewing.
The Coffee Bag MethodFor this method, you need to lay the filter on a flat surface and then place the coffee ground onto the filter. After putting the coffee, wrap the ends of the filter and tie them together. The final product should look like a dumpling. Place the filter into a cup.

You can use a kettle for boiling the water. To get better taste, douse the coffee filter bag in enough water and let that soak for 30 seconds or a bit more.

Let the remaining water steep for 4-5 minutes and drip into the cup. After that, you can simply scoop the ground out of the cup.
The Turkish CoffeeThis isn’t a type of coffee but a preparation method popular in Arab countries.

For the first step, you need to measure about 5 ounces of cold water by using a measuring cup and then add it to a pot. Put the stove or burner at medium heat and add one heaping teaspoon of coffee. You don’t need to stir the mixture.

You can add sugar if you want and again, don’t stir. The water will eventually start to heat and the coffee will naturally sink. You can stir the mixture then and lower the heat.

Gradually, the mixture will begin to form a foam and as it gets thicker you’ll find a smooth texture. Let it cool down and pour into mugs.
The Strainer MethodEven if you don’t have a machine, the strainer can turn your coffee for the day just well.
This is quite similar to the stovetop method. However, you don’t need the extra time for the grounds to settle. You can use a mesh strainer above the mug that will catch the grounds.
The strainer will itself separate the liquid and the grounds.

Can You Make Coffee in the Microwave?

the front of a microwave

Yes, you can use the microwave to prepare your coffee.

Microwaves can warm up the liquid and froth milk as well. However, to prepare coffee in a microwave you need to be careful about the temperature and the mug you’re using.

Use a microwave-safe coffee mug for this. Then measure out the coffee beans and grind them to maintain a medium to a coarse consistency.

Pour enough water in the mug and don’t fill the cup to the brim since the heat may overflow it. Put the mug inside the microwave and ideally put the temperature high for about 2 minutes.

You can use a coffee filter to hold the freshly grounded coffee. You need to fold the filter paper to create a ball with the ground inside. Using a fork in the filter, put it inside the mug to ensure that the ground is evenly immersed.

Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and press the filter to the sidewalls of the mug after a while. This will ensure the maximum flavor from the grounds.

You are free to experiment with other methods and can also add milk or sugar accordingly. Choose the method that best serves with your preference of flavor and aroma.

How to Brew Homemade Coffee?

Making coffee at the stove is one of the easiest and most commonly used methods. The ingredients and utensils required are also minimal and you don’t need to make a list of the products now and then.

To prepare your brew you follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Take a saucepan and place it on the stove. Keep a moderately high heat so that the pan gets warm well.
  2. Pour water into the pan and don’t forget to add water more than the amount needed for your coffee. The boiling of the water evaporates a portion of the liquid.
  3. Put coffee grounds into the water and stir well. Be cautious of the amount of water and grounds you’re adding. Put as much as you would put in your coffee maker.
  4. Bring the coffee to a boil and stir occasionally.
  5. Let the coffee be uncovered and boil it for more than 2-3 minutes.
  6. You’ll get a nice texture of the liquid and slowly remove the pot from the heat. Let it sit for a few minutes as this will help the grounds to settle at the bottom.
  7. You can use reusable filter paper or a ladle to scoop the brewed coffee in your glass or mug.

You can add additives like coffee creamer, sugar, syrup, etc to curb the bitter taste. Don’t forget to turn off your stove after putting the pan off the stove.

Brewing your cup of coffee is not only convenient but also friendly in your pocket. Brewing a cup of coffee at home saves you lots of bucks and if you aren’t using any machine, then you’re also saving electricity.

So don’t worry if your machine isn’t working well because you can prepare a fresh delighted coffee cup within 10 minutes.

You can even roast your own coffee beans at home! Read about it here.

Which Coffees Can You Make At Home?

I have talked with some fellow coffee lovers and among them, some of the most convenient coffee varieties to make at home include:

  • Regular Brew
  • Mocha Latte
  • White Chocolate Latte
  • Vanilla Latte Smoothie
  • Mocha Smoothies
  • Peanut Butter Mocha
  • Hot Chocolate Mocha
  • Salted Caramel Mocha
  • Mocha Frappe
  • Coffee Smoothie
  • Mocha Coconut Frappuccino

If you’re addicted to coffee on daily basis, I am pretty sure you have already mastered some of the regular coffee varieties. Many types of coffee are really easy to make and to be honest, you don’t need a ton of ingredients for making those.

Some pretty amazing recipes for coffee can be found online which makes it easier to get through the instructions.

You can also make Espresso and Americano varieties. However, since such drinks require an intense brew, many may not find these easy to make without a machine.

With this era of easy internet, you can search for almost all the recipes. Most of these varieties have the same list of ingredients involved that makes the experience even more budget-friendly.

Does Coffee Without a Coffee Maker Taste Good?

a hand holding a cup of coffee

Many habitual drinkers can regard the stove-made coffee or the coffee bag used ones, as not so good compared to the pipping hot delight from the coffee maker.

However, if you have a good sense of temperature and can handle the ingredients well, your coffee would taste just the same. Even better in some cases!

Frankly speaking, there aren’t many differences between the procedures involved and thus no significant change in the taste.

As a coffee lover myself, I have dug into a lot of articles and found some interesting notes that can make your coffee taste better even without the machine.

The first tip is one of the most widely accepted ones. Try adding cinnamon to your coffee. Not only that cinnamon is lower in calories, but it also has immune-boosting properties. A pinch of cinnamon powder or adding a cinnamon stick in the mug makes the coffee delicious. Try this out to know it yourself.

Adding a pinch of cardamon can also offer a good taste if you feel the stove-made one is bland. Other things that can be added include cocoa powder, ginger, vanilla extract, salt, mint, etc.

In many cases, cold brew tastes better than hot ones. So if you can’t prepare with the coffee maker, try to make yourself a cold cup of brew.

Be careful of the heat or the temperature of the water. Trust me on the thing that water that starts off cold gives the better brew. So use cold water for making the brew. Try to use filtered water instead of tap water.

In Conclusion

Simply put, you can make coffee without a coffee make or machine. Preparing coffee includes the use of very common ingredients and utensils that are found in almost every kitchen.

So when your machine isn’t working or you are just too lazy to clean it up, you can prepare your cup using the stove, coffee bag, or the strainer method.

There are lots of other preparation methods available on the internet. Just do a proper search and choose the one that is convenient for you.

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Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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