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    How to Brew Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

    How many of you have felt that morning panic? You start brewing your morning pot of coffee that will help you survive the craziness of your morning only to find that your coffee maker is on the fritz. What do you do?

    Or maybe you’re traveling and you just realized the place you’re staying at doesn’t even have a coffee maker! What!?

    First, don’t panic. There are several ways you can make coffee without a coffee maker.

    Admittedly, we have all become quite fond of the modern convenience of a coffee maker. However, in the past, that wasn’t how coffee was made. In fact, using coffee makers is a relative new invention in the long history of coffee. So, if your coffee maker has gone to the great coffee pot in the sky, there are several ways you can continue to make coffee until you pick up a new coffee maker to make your morning brew.

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    Method 1 – The Saucepan Method

    The most basic of methods, using the saucepan method only takes a few tools that are found in almost every kitchen in the country. While you won’t need anything special, your coffee will require a little bit of your attention if you hope to brew the perfect pot without a coffee maker.

    1. Pour water into a saucepan and place it on the stove. Be sure you use more water than you normally would use if you were using a coffee maker.
    2. Add the coffee to the water and stir the coffee/water mixture.
    3. Turn the heat on your stove to medium-high and bring your coffee to a boil while stirring it occasionally.
    4. Once your coffee comes to a boil, allow it to boil, uncovered, for 2 minutes.
    5. Remove the pot from the heat and turn off the oven. This will allow all the grounds to sink to the bottom.
    6. Allow the coffee to sit in the saucepan for about 4 minutes.
    7. Slowly pour your coffee into a cup or using a ladle, slowly fill your cup with the coffee.

    Method 2 – The Coffee Bag

    This method will truly make you feel like MacGyver as you must use what’s available to you to get that cup of coffee you need first thing in the morning. For this method, you will need access to a coffee filter and some string. Any old string will do, just make sure it isn’t coated in plastic or anything could melt in your coffee. Who wants to eat melted plastic after all?

    1. Measure enough coffee for one cup and pour it into your filter.
    2. Wrap the filter tightly around the coffee and tie it with string leaving enough string to rest outside of your cup.
    3. Heat water using a kettle, pot, or even a cup in the microwave.
    4. Place the coffee filter bag you created into an empty cup.
    5. Slowly pour the hot water into the cup being careful not to overfill your cup.
    6. Allow the coffee to steep for about 4 minutes. If you prefer weaker coffee, try only 2 to 3 minutes. For stronger coffee, increase the time to 5 or 6 minutes.
    7. Remove the filter and discard it.

    Method 3 – Strainer Coffee

    If you don’t have a filter to keep the grounds out of your coffee, you could always use a strainer. Not just any old strainer will do, however. Be sure you use a strainer with very small holes that will trap the coffee grounds and won’t just let them pass through into your coffee mug.

    1. Measure out the proper amount of water for the number of cups you wish to make and place this water in a kettle or saucepan.
    2. Add the proper amount of coffee for the number of cups you are making. If you want your coffee weaker, add less coffee. If you prefer it stronger, add a little extra coffee to your saucepan.
    3. Heat the saucepan or kettle until the water comes to a boil and allow it to remain at a boil for 2 minutes.
    4. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
    5. Place a tea strainer above your cup of coffee and pour the coffee into your cup. The strainer will catch any grounds that come out of the saucepan.
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    Method 4 – Instant Coffee

    While I’m sure many coffee aficionados will totally disprove of this method, saying that it isn’t real coffee that you are drinking, it is still an effective way to get your coffee fix in if no other options are available to you.

    1. Heat the coffee using your microwave, a pot or even a kettle.
    2. Measure out the proper amount of instant coffee and place it in an empty cup.
    3. Pour the hot water slowly over the instant coffee.
    4. Stir the coffee and water until the instant coffee is properly dissolved.

    Now that you know how to brew coffee without a coffee maker, you will never find yourself in a situation where you are unable to make a cup of coffee to get you through the day. Using some of these tried and true methods can help you survive those inconvenient times when your coffee maker dies so you still can enjoy a cup, or even a pot of coffee every day.

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