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How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Pot

Updated on November 11, 2013
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Making Campfire Coffee

Use coarse ground coffee rather than fine.

Use 2 heaping tablespoons of coffee for each cup you want to make. Then add the water for the same amount of cups. You may want to add a little extra water if you find the coffee too strong the first time you try it.

Place the pot over heat and slowly bring it to the boil. Once it boils take it off the heat and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Add a bit of cold water which will cause the coffee grounds to settle and then serve the coffee.

Egg Coffee

Egg coffee is another slant on the idea of Campfire Coffee.

Bring 10 cups of water in a kettle to a boil. While you wait for the water to boil... In a bowl, combine 1\2 cup of coffee grounds, 1 egg and 1/4 cup water. Add this egg and coffee mixture to the 10 cups of water once it has boiled. Keep it on the boil for 2 or 3 minutes longer. Then remove it from the heat and add 1 cup of cold water. (This helps settle the coffee grounds to the bottom of the kettle) Serve the coffee hot.

There are going to be times in your life when you want to make coffee but you don't have a coffee maker. I've had this happen when I'm travelling or moving to a new home. A few times I've had to use my own ingenuity to brew coffee in my own unique way.

The simplest way to make coffee when you don't have a percolator, French press or other type of coffee making gadget is to design your own French press.

You will need a kettle or some method to boil your water. Then something to filter out the coffee grounds once you have left the ground coffee steeping in the boiled water for about 5 minutes. I've heard people use an assortment of ideas to strain/ filter out the coffee grounds.

One method was a (clean) sock. Another idea was to use a paper coffee filter - set it as a lining in the same strainer you use when making spaghetti noodles. You can also use a funnel, place the coffee filter inside and pour the water over the grounds slowly.

If you pour water over a coffee filter too quickly there is a good chance you will create a hole in the filter and spoil the effort of trying to filter the coffee grounds.

If the only thing you can find to make your coffee is the pot you boil the water in, you can still make coffee. Just use the pot lid to hold back the coffee grounds and pour the coffee into your cup, carefully. You may get a few grounds but they tend to sink to the bottom of your cup anyway.

Best of all is to be prepared with a cone filter made of wire mesh. You can use this over and over and just rinse out the ground each time.

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