How to Make Coffee in a Pot and Why This is a Good Idea

Ah... Coffee

A Spouted Saucepan With a Strainable Lid Means Less Hassle and Decent Coffee in Minutes

Sooner or later your coffee maker will quit working. There's nothing more frustrating than waiting for hot coffee, then entering your kitchen only to discover that it's... not... coffee. Your machine is no longer functioning and the hoped-for cup of Joe is now a "no."

What to do? Trying to balance the basket on your cup is never a good idea, nor is trying to strain the grounds through a cloth, nor is making coffee in a standard pot the answer. There's a much easier way.

You can easily make good-tasting coffee with the right type of pot.

What kind is that? You'll need a stainless steel pourable pot (with a spouted rim) and a strainable lid (with small holes). These are called straining sauce pans and they make pouring and straining coffee a snap. (See product capsule below to see what these pots look like.)

If you don't already have one of these, they are well worth the investment. And they do a far better job than a regular pot, because without the spout, you'll be hard-pressed to safely pour scalding water without it spilling all over the place (and not in your cup!) and you'll will need a metal soup ladle to get the water out. Without the holed lid, you will end up with more coffee grounds in the bottom of your cup.

With this method, you may still get a few small grounds in the bottom of your cup but far less of them and your coffee will taste "clean." You will find using the right pot makes the whole task that much easier.

Coffee Grounds Don't Always Have to Go in a Coffee Maker

Reasons for Switching to a Pot and Not Using a Coffee Maker at All

After you have gone through a number of coffee makers, you may have gotten tired of:

  • Cost: coffee makers don't last and as you keep having to replace them, this becomes an expensive endeavor.
  • Disposal: trying to dispose of coffee makers can be a hassle, as well. Many towns and cities will not allow these in everyday garbage, so they sit around your house or utility room taking up space.
  • Hotter Coffee: Using a saucepan to make your coffee means you can control the temperature. If you prefer your coffee hotter, this is ideal.

Chemicals in Your Coffee?

  • Heated water may pick up chemicals from the plastic.
  • Hot water runs through paper filters, which have been bleached in most cases, so the water may pick up chemicals not only from the paper itself but from bleaching agents.
  • Baskets that replace the need for paper filters, also are usually made partly with plastic, so hot water comes into contact with the plastic as it runs through coffee grounds.

Potential Health Risks

Many coffee makers are made from plastic-like materials. As people become more aware of the dangers of chemicals in plastic, this becomes a concern. Not only does the water heat up in plastic, thus posing risk of the heated plastic releasing chemicals into the water, but then the hot water is often strained through a part-plastic basket. Any chemicals picked up along the way are now in your hot coffee.

Why a Straining Saucepan is Ideal

Can't I just make coffee in a pot? you may ask. Frankly, the answer is yes, but you won't be as satisfied with the results. Most saucepans or small pots do not include a spouted edge, so trying to pour hot liquid is not as easily accomplished as when using a pourable saucepan.

Most pots do not include a lid with openings designed for straining liquids, either, so this is also a consideration.

Instructions for Making Coffee in a Stainless Steel, Pourable-Strainable Pot

  1. Measure the number of cups you'll need + a little extra (1/4 cup), and then make note of where the water line is on the outside of the pot. Once you have a basic idea, this will give you an idea as to how much water to add the next time you fill your pot to make coffee.
  2. Turn on high and bring water to a boil.
  3. Add coffee, same amount as you would for your coffee maker. Set element to medium heat and allow to simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to lowest setting and allow to sit for a few minutes. This is an important step as the grounds will become saturated and sink to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Right before pouring, place lid on and strain liquid through the side with the smallest holes.

Back to Basics

Increasingly, people are looking for ways to lessen their global footprint. This means finding simpler ways of living, reducing reliance on mass-produced products, and getting back to basics.

What to Do if You Don't Have a Lidded Spouted Pot

I've been experimenting to see how to make good coffee with a regular pot and have come up with a method.

  1. Place grounds and water in pot.
  2. Turn element on high and bring to a boil. You must stay near to the pot, so wash a few dishes while you are waiting, and keep a close eye that your coffee doesn't boil over.
  3. Watch until bubbling coffee rises to the top of the pot, then turn off the element and remove and place on a cold element.
  4. Wait for all bubbles to completely stop
  5. Pour coffee into cup.

Amazingly, this method saturates the ground-up coffee enough that it drops to the bottom of the pot. Your coffee is nice and hot and almost completely free of grounds.

Perfect Solution?

Is making coffee in a pot a perfect solution? By no means, but then having to continually replace coffee makers and increasing your risk of exposure to chemicals isn't ideal either.

Hot Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

No More Expensive Coffee Makers

Once you've tried making your coffee with either a stainless steel straining saucepan or a pot, you may decide to make this a permanent arrangement. This method ain't fancy, it ain't pretty, but it will give you hot coffee in minutes.

© 2016 Athlyn Green

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Athlyn Green 9 months ago from West Kootenays Author

Alicia, I'm so enjoying coffee that is hotter. I forgot just how good it tasted. Many coffee makers, I find, don't make it hot enough.


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ChitrangadaSharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

Sounds interesting!

I do prefer making my coffee in a stainless steel straining saucepan although I have coffee maker as well. May be the reasons involved are those that you have mentioned above. This is better for the environment also.

Thanks for sharing !


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Athlyn Green 10 months ago from West Kootenays Author

Knowing how to get by or even switching to an appliance-free method can make things easier. Most of us need that cup of Joe in the morning, so this makes life a bit less challenging.


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DDE 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting and sounds unique


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AliciaC 10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting idea. I've never thought of using a pot to make coffee. It certainly sounds like it has some benefits!


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Jasmeetk 10 months ago from India

great idea!!


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Athlyn Green 10 months ago from West Kootenays Author

You're welcome, Thelma.


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Thelma Alberts 10 months ago from Germany

Back to the roots when there was no coffee maker yet. I will remember this when my coffee maker is no longer functioning. Thanks for sharing.

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