How to Make Coffee (Without a Coffee Maker)

In today’s post, I’m going to share how to make coffee without a coffee maker. Backstory: I donated my Keurig machine after it randomly began spitting out at me in the middle of brewing. Luckily I didn’t get burned! I also felt like I needed less “stuff” in my life, and the Keurig took up counter space I needed for other things. So I began researching ways to make coffee without a machine. After testing a few different methods, I found a way that works for me, and that yields a more robust cup of coffee than using a machine. Right now I can’t even see a reason to buy another coffee maker, although I might purchase a french press in the future. 

As I previously alluded there are several ways to make coffee without a coffee maker. The method I’m sharing today involves using a basic mesh food strainer, a coffee filter, hot water, and freshly ground coffee beans. Read on for the how-to.

How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

Yields one large or two regular sized servings.



  • A coffee filter
  • Scoop
  • Measuring cup or bowl
  • Coffee mug


  • Hot water
  • Freshly ground coffee beans
  • Optional: sugar, creamer


  • Boil hot water (I use my tea kettle for this, but boiling water in a pot accomplishes the same end.)
  • Place the coffee filter inside the mesh strainer.
  • Put the strainer over a measuring cup or bowl.
  • Then put two scoops of coffee grounds inside the filter. You can use fewer or more grounds, depending on your preference.
  • Pour hot water over the grounds, approximately 2 cups.
  • Let it drip.
  • Once it’s done, pour the coffee into your favorite mug, add sugar and creamer (optional), and enjoy.
  • Tip: use the leftover coffee grounds to make an invigorating face and body scrub.

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