Exploring Alternative Ways to Brew Coffee

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You may think that there is one way to make coffee: with a machine. But the reality is, there are several interesting and innovative alternative ways to brew coffee that don’t require power from any machine at all. By getting a little creative, you can use your coffee beans in a way that embraces their fullest capacities—and in a way that is good for the environment too. 

When exploring alternative practices in foodie culture, like using almond milk instead of cow’s milk to reduce your consumption of dairy products, it’s always exciting to test out new methods and see what suits your taste buds. In terms of coffee culture, uncovering different brewing techniques is a great way to experiment with all that coffee beans can do. And, who knows, you may even stumble upon an entirely unique taste and consistency that will become your new morning brew.

Here are three inventive ways to make coffee without a coffee machine.

Method #1: Improvised Pour-Over

Using a pour-over coffee maker is a brewing style that gives you the ultimate control over several important variables. With a glass jar, dishtowel, water heater, ground coffee, and clothespins, you can create your own miniature filter. Then, simply pour hot to boiling water over the grounds in your makeshift filter, and before long you’ll be enjoying a fresh cup of Joe without wasting any grounds.

Method #2: Cowboy Coffee

Another method that requires only a pot, spoon, stove, and ground coffee is best known as the cowboy coffee technique. This method is great when going on a camping trip, and it’s also a great way to make delicious instant coffee for all of your friends. All you need to do is bring the grounds to a boil in a pot of water. Then, ladle or scoop out the brewed coffee from the surface to avoid the coffee grounds that will eventually sink to the pot’s base.

Method #3: Coffee Bag

Similarly easy to cowboy coffee, a third alternative way to brew coffee without a machine is to create your own coffee bag. If done correctly, your coffee bag will turn out much like a tea bag, and it can also be steeped in a cup of boiling water. Simply tie up some ground coffee into a paper filter with a string – but make sure that it is tight so that the grounds don’t float around in your cup. Place the coffee bag into the water and allow it to work its magic.

Testing out any of these alternative ways to brew coffee without a machine will allow you to experiment with coffee in a way that will make you an expert brewer and a connoisseur of taste. 

Have more alternative ways to brew coffee? Let us know!

Written by Jane Sandwood

Article Date: January 2018