Everyone loves morning coffee. The piping hot, fresh-brewed java is the perfect way to jumpstart your day, but let’s face it, you don’t always have time to brew a pot of java before heading out the door. Maybe you’re one of those people who needs their first cup of coffee an hour before they leave the house in the morning. Or perhaps you work out of a home office and want to take some freshly brewed coffee with you on your commute but don’t want to make a whole pot just for yourself.
In addition, some simply can’t afford or can’t justify buying a costly coffee maker, and they’d still like to be able to enjoy a flavorful mug of coffee in the morning.
What’s a java connoisseur to do? Well, it turns out that there are plenty of ways to make delicious coffee without owning an expensive coffee maker. Let’s take a look at some of them now.
Brewing Without a Coffee Maker
Brewing your coffee in a standard coffee pot is the first and most obvious option. Of course, if you don’t own a coffee maker, you can never be sure how strong or weak your brew will turn out, but on the plus side, it’s relatively inexpensive to set up. All you need is a heat source, such as a stove or hot plate, some type of pot with a tight-fitting lid, coarsely ground coffee beans, and water.
Once you have your ingredients on hand, you simply need to heat up the water until it begins to boil, at which point you remove it from the heat source. Add your grounds to the bottom of the pot—one tablespoon of ground coffee per cup of water is a good rule of thumb—and then add the hot water. Put on your lid and let your pot sit for about five minutes. Finally, remove the grounds with a spoon or small strainer, pour yourself a cup of strong, delicious java, and enjoy!
Of course, if you want to brew more than a cup at a time, you’ll need to either double the recipe or invest in a bigger pot.
Preparing Coffee Without a Coffee Maker
An option that many people never consider is instant coffee, and it’s actually not a bad one. The taste isn’t quite as rich or robust as it would be from freshly ground beans, but it’s certainly better than no coffee at all. The best part is that you can make it in large batches and store it in your pantry until you need it.
To make instant coffee, add one tablespoon of grounds per cup of water to your container (a jar, bucket, or another airtight container) and stir the mixture well. Let it sit for a minute to ensure that the grounds and water are evenly distributed, and then add more hot water. Continue this process until you’ve added as much water as you want. Finally, let your coffee set for three minutes and stir again before drinking.
Instant coffee also works well when mixed with other ingredients such as cocoa or sugar, making it a great way to create delicious flavored coffees and teas. You can even mix in your favorite creamer for a tasty cup of joe that’s perfect for sipping at home or on the go.
A Fresh Cup Anytime
Of course, once you have the ingredients, you don’t even need to make coffee right away. Instead, you can store your grounds in the freezer for later use. If you’ve ever had a cup of leftover coffee that’s gone cold and bitter, you know how important it is to properly store your leftovers.
To do this, simply transfer your ground coffee into an airtight container or baggie, keep it in the freezer, and then remove it when you’re ready to brew.
A Technical Overview
There’s no denying that freshly brewed coffee tastes better than instant. Still, with just a few key ingredients and minimal effort, you can enjoy good java without investing in an expensive appliance. Better yet, with these simple hacks, you can always have a cup on hand even if your coffee maker breaks or runs out of power.
So the next time you’re craving a delicious cup of java but don’t want to break the bank, just take a look in your kitchen cabinet and get started right away!