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Is It Possible To Brew Coffee Without A Coffee Maker?
If you ever find yourself without a working coffee machine, there are still ways to brew a cup. Our first method works if you still have disposable coffee filters on hand.
You can turn a paper coffee filter into a coffee bag (like a tea bag) by adding grounds into the filter, tying it closed with an elastic band, and steeping it in hot water.
If you don’t have coffee filters, you can get the same results by putting grounds and water into a cheesecloth nestled in a pitcher, though this method will take a bit longer.
If you're camping, try the cowboy coffee method, which involves putting coffee grounds into a pot of water and bringing it to a boil, causing the grounds to float to the top.
To finish, lower the heat exposure and let the coffee sit over the flames a bit longer before removing it and adding cold water to settle the grounds. Then, it’s ready to serve.
You can also create a makeshift French press by bending a wire hanger to look like a rudimentary metal mesh filter, then using it to push the coffee grounds through the hot water.
Alternatively, you can add coffee grounds to a bowl, pour boiling water over it, let it stand for five minutes, and then carefully pour the water back into your coffee cup.
Finally, you can try Rachel Ray’s method, which involves boiling water in a pot, pouring it into another pot full of coffee grounds, and letting the grounds sink before serving.