Do not panic! If you don’t have a coffee maker or the one you had is broken, it is perfectly possible to make delicious and exquisite coffee without it. Also, it is easier than you think.
Every morning, in millions of houses around the world, the same story repeats itself: we get up, wash our faces and teeth, get ready, and go to the kitchen with the intention of making our coffee.
Like most people, you probably trust your Italian coffee maker to enjoy fresh coffee daily. Or maybe the drip coffee maker, the espresso machine, or simply the innovative capsule coffee makers.
Those who love coffee often have a very common nightmare: waking up groggy, with watery eyes, and unable to prepare their cup of coffee in the morning. The reason?
Perhaps there is not enough coffee to prepare the coffee maker. And they must turn to instant coffee.
It can also happen that, from one moment to another, the coffee maker breaks down. Or that we don’t remember where we have saved it, and we can’t find it. Which can end up happening at the most inopportune moment.
Although the solution could be to leave the coffee for later and have it for example in the bar or in the cafeteria before going to work, it is not always a good idea. Especially if you need to have your cup of coffee immediately, before heading out the door.
If so, you might be surprised to find that you’re in luck. And it is that, believe it or not, it is perfectly possible to make coffee without using a coffee maker. It only requires a little patience, to have – obviously – the necessary tools, and to know the steps to achieve it.
Some useful tips to keep in mind before making our coffee without a coffee maker
If you’ve suddenly found yourself without a coffee pot, and you were so craving a cup of coffee that you start to sulk, don’t panic in the first place. It is likely, of course, that the preparation you are about to create is not one of the best, but there are some simple steps, and simple tricks, that can help you, at least, achieve the best possible result:
- Always use freshly ground coffee: Whether it is when preparing coffee with a coffee maker or without it, we are facing a fundamental step, as well as essential. Always, always, we must use freshly ground coffee beans. And, in addition, once ground, it is necessary not to waste time preparing the coffee, since coffee beans tend to lose their freshness quickly, between 15 to 20 minutes after being ground.
- Freshly roasted coffee: In addition to opting for freshly ground coffee, those beans that have been freshly roasted are also essential. The ideal? Choose coffee beans that have been roasted in the last 2 weeks.
- Use quality water: Choosing quality water is important, as is the temperature at which we are going to prepare the coffee. Too cold will result in a coffee without body or virtually any consistency. And too hot (for example, using boiling water) will scald the coffee. The correct temperature varies depending on the preparation method chosen, but the sweet spot is usually between 90-96 degrees. A simple way to achieve this – without using a kitchen thermometer – is to boil the water and then remove it from the heat, letting it rest for 30 seconds.
How to make coffee with the help of a saucepan on the fire
It is possibly one of the oldest ways of making coffee, before coffee makers started to catch on. And it is as simple as that you only need the best coffee beans, almost boiling water and a saucepan. But let’s go in parts.
What do you need:
- Freshly ground coffee beans (medium/fine). 2 tablespoons for every 170 ml of water.
- A pan.
- A cup of coffee.
How to do it:
- Fill a clean saucepan with a little more water than you normally use to make your morning coffee. For example, if you use two cups of water, add an extra ¾ cup more this time.
- Place the saucepan on the fire, and let the water boil. When you reach this point, add the coffee in the amount indicated. Of course, depending on how strong you want the coffee, you can add more or less.
- Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat, and cover it. Wait four to five minutes before uncovering the saucepan. Once the coffee has settled to the bottom, you are ready to serve the coffee.
- If you wish, you can pour the coffee directly into the cup, use a ladle, or pour it using a fine strainer in between.
How to make coffee with a makeshift coffee filter
With the help of a standard paper filter, a clean fine cloth from the kitchen, a gauze or an absorbent napkin, it is possible to enjoy a great filter coffee, when we do not have a coffee maker.
What do you need:
- Freshly ground coffee (medium / fine).
- Hot water.
- A standard paper filter (or similar).
- 2 cups of water.
- Cup of coffee.
- Paper clips or elastic.
How to do it:
- We will start by preparing our filter. To do this, fold your handkerchief, gauze, napkin, or alternative paper filter into a square, which fits perfectly to the mouth of the cup. Leave some fabric margin, which should hang over the sides of the mug. Hold the tissue firmly to the sides of the cup, with the help of paper clips or elastic.
- Grind the coffee to a medium / coarse grind. Ideally, always use a good quality burr grinder, as this is essential for more consistent results.
- Now place the freshly ground coffee in the filter that we have created. Shake it a little to spread it evenly throughout the filter.
- Put the equivalent of two cups of water in a saucepan over the fire. Once it reaches the boiling point, remove it from the heat and let it cool for 30 seconds.
- Pour a little water over the filter, just enough to get the coffee wet. Leave it like this for about 30 seconds, and then pour the water slowly, once every 30 seconds (for a total of 4 times). So until all the remaining water has been used up.
- When all the water has seeped through the cloth or gauze cloth, it is time to remove both the clips and the makeshift filter.
- Ready!. You can now enjoy coffee.