With the convenience of a coffee maker, it is thrilling to know you don’t have to struggle to make your usual cup of coffee to fully wake you up once you jump out of your bed.
But what happens when your great effort saving machine goes to be with the great coffee pot in the sky?
What if you wake up one chilly morning and find your that the coffee maker isn’t working?
It sure will be a mess.
And that’s why you are going to want to learn how to make coffee without a coffee maker as early as now so that this doesn’t make your day get started at the wrong foot.
So where do you learn these other ways to do it?
You need not to worry about it! Here are 5 great hacks you can use an alternative before you get yourself a new coffee making machine if not get it repaired.
Hack 1 – Use a Pan
Get the pan you usually use to fry your eggs and make pancakes ready. Once it’s clean, fill it with water. But remember to pour more water in there than you would normally work with when making coffee as you will be leaving some of it behind.
Turn on the heat and leave at medium to high depending on your urgency, needs and preferences.
Wait until the water is boiling to add your coffee. Be careful with the quantity of coffee you will be adding. Ideally, see that for every six ounces of water, you add just two spoonfuls of coffee. This will come out great.
Turn off the heat and then put a cover on the pan to have the grounds go to the bottom of the pan and get the water converted. This should take about five minutes.
After that, just pour the coffee into your cup and add sugar and it’s all done! Serve it when hot.
Hack 2 – Use a French Press
Boil water in an electric hot pot. A kettle or even a microwave can be good alternatives, although you need to be careful with the way you handle the microwave.
Once the water begins to simmer, you should put the coffee grounds in your French press. This should be done with the ratio of one tablespoon of coffee for every four ounces of water. If you are a coffee enthusiast, it is normal to prefer freshly ground coffee, although pre-ground coffee can work great.
Pour water on the grounds in the French press. As you do this, make sure that you pour the water all over the grounds so that they get evenly saturated. Once you see the slurry forming on the surface, stir with a chopstick to make it even more deep.
Allow the coffee to steep for 2 to 4 minutes going by the size of your press. Put a filter assembly on top of the press and then give it time to steep.
After that, plunge the filter by getting hold of the plunger stick on the assembly and push it downwards. Press it slowly and steadily so that the stick doesn’t become crooked and make grounds come out of the press.
Pour the coffee in the press directly into your cup and remember to put your hand on the lid to keep it from popping out as you serve your coffee.
Hack 3 – Use a Filter
Heat some water on either a saucepan, microwave, an electric hot pot or a kettle. Make sure the water is heated on a medium to high heat for about two minutes depending on where you will be heating the water on.
Get the coffee grounds of pre-ground coffee into a coffee filter and then using a string or twine, tie up the filter into a bundle.
Put the bundle in a mug and then pour the hot water on the bundled filter until it’s enough. Make sure you pour it directly so that the deep color is formed. If you are making coffee for more than one person, make a number of bundles and do the same but see that you don’t make one huge bundle and pour water over it all at once, that will be messy and won’t be as great as you would want it to be.
Let the coffee steep for a while, basically 2 to 3 minutes for a light coffee and 4 to 5 minutes for a deep one. There is no need to stir here, just leave it and everything will be done automatically.
Once the time is up, take out the filter using the string. You can press the filter against the sides of your cup using a spoon to make the color of the coffee even deeper.
Add sugar or cream and then serve it!
Hack 4 – Use Instant Coffee
Heat some water over a kettle, a saucepan or a microwave. Keep the heat at medium or high for a couple of minutes that do not exceed 5 min.
Put the instant coffee granules into your cup directly. The quantity you should put varies with the type of instant coffee you have, but ideally, one to two tablespoons of the granules should mix well with 6 ounces of water.
Pour the hot water over the instant coffee granules as you stir, until it’s enough. If you wish, you can add cream and sugar. Then serve when still hot!
Hack 5 – Use a Strainer
As usual, heat up some water over a saucepan, a kettle, a microwave or an electric hot pot with the same right measure of heat (medium to high) and for about 3 minutes.
Scoop coffee grounds into the largest measuring container you have, if you want to make a huge serving. Make sure you use one to two tablespoons of coffee grounds for every cup of water.
Pour the hot water directly over the coffee grounds. Here, coffee grounds and water can blend well without any problems as there can be with the filter method.
Give the coffee the some time to steep, about 3 minutes. Then stir. And then steep again for 3 minutes if you are into deep colored coffee. This should take a total of 6 minutes.
Take your strainer and strain the coffee grounds as you pour the coffee from the large measuring container into a mug or a thermos. Here, you should see to it that the alignment of the measuring container and the mug or thermos you are to pour into is perfect such that it won’t pour elsewhere.
Add sugar and cream if you desire and then serve it.
And that’s it! Didn’t I tell you it was going to be fairly easy and quick?
So the next time your coffee maker breaks down, don’t dare fret as you have countless ways you can still make to secure a cup of deep or light coffee right there in your kitchen.