Life Hacks: How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

Picture this: you wake up in the morning and head out to start the coffee machine. You flick the switch a few times and... nothing. Your coffee maker is broken. Here's another scenario: you go camping and pack your French press to enjoy a perfect cup of java while you watch the sunrise. Despite your best efforts, your French Press shatters on the trip. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make coffee without a coffeemaker. Here are four approaches to try.

The Pour-Over Method

The pour-over method has become a favored brewing method by coffee lovers in recent years. Even those who have coffee makers will often use this method to start their day. To make coffee using the pour-over method, you will need:
  • A filter cone or disposable coffee filter
  • Bull clips or clothespins (if using a disposable filter)
  • Your favorite mug
  • Your favorite Jim's Organic Coffee
  • Hot water
Place the filter cone in your mug or secure the disposable filter to the rim using bull clips or clothespins. Scoop your favorite coffee into the filter. Then, very carefully, pour a bit of hot water slowly over the coffee to let the coffee grinds bloom. Wait 30 seconds, then slowly pour the rest into the mug. Let it sit for a few minutes, then enjoy.

The Cowboy Method

People have been drinking coffee since long before coffee makers existed. If you thought the cowboys were going decaffeinated or had some fancy brewing apparatus, you're sorely mistaken. The Cowboy Method is perfect for power outages and camping trips. For this method, you will need:
  • A saucepan with a lid
  • Your favorite Jim's Organic Coffee
  • Water
  • A ladle (optional)
Add enough water to the saucepan to suit the amount of coffee you desire. For each cup of coffee, add an extra half cup of water to allow room for the sediment to sink. Add your coffee directly to the saucepan and put it over a heat source. When the water is almost boiling, remove the saucepan and cover it immediately. Let it sit for five minutes, or until the coffee grounds have settled. Then, slowly pour the coffee into your mug. If you have a ladle, you can use it to scoop the coffee while avoiding the sediment.

The Steeping Method

Take a hint from the tea drinkers and try steeping your coffee with a DIY coffee bag. This method is quick and easy without having to worry about gentle pouring techniques. For the steeping method, you will need:
  • Your favorite mug
  • A disposable coffee filter
  • A string (not waxed)
  • Jim's Organic Coffee
  • Hot water
Place your coffee in the center of the disposable coffee filter. Pull the sides together to make a pouch and secure it with the string— be sure to leave enough string to pull your pouch out of the hot water. Pour hot water into the mug and add the coffee pouch. Wait five minutes, then enjoy your brew.

The Cold Brew Method

For something entirely different, you can try the cold brewing method. Take note that this approach requires some extra time. However, if you plan ahead, you can have amazing iced coffee waiting for you every summer morning. For the cold brew method, you will need:
  • Your favorite Jim's Organic Coffee (Try Sweet Love Blend for Cold Brew - our pick!)
  • Cheesecloth, a filter, or strainer
  • A spoon
  • Two large mason jars
  • Cold water
  • A fridge
  • Time
Put your favorite coffee into the mason jar and fill with cold water. Stir the contents vigorously for 30 seconds, then put the cover on. Set the mason jar in the fridge overnight. After 12 or more hours have passed, filter the jar's contents using your strainer or cheesecloth. Pour it into another jar if you wish to store the excess, which will keep for a week in the fridge. With these four methods, the only coffee maker you need is your ingenuity, and the only coffee you need is Jim's Organic Coffee. Shop our full selection of coffees here: Shop Now  

Article By Guest Blogger Ashley of TheBlogFrog