If you’re like me, you probably need your morning cup of coffee to get your day off to the right start. Coffee has been around for several hundreds of years but coffee machines as we know them today have only been around since the 1900’s. So how did people make coffee several hundred years ago? If you are a coffee lover and don’t have a coffee machine, is there a way you can enjoy the beverage at home? What would one do if their coffee machine suddenly stopped working? The good news is that there is no need to worrry – I’m going to show you how to make coffee without a coffee maker.
Cowboy Method of Making Coffee
The cowboy method of making coffee is one of the easiest ways of brewing coffee. All that you need is freshly roasted coffee, hot water and a grinder. The basic concept is that you boil water with the coffee grounds in a pot for a few minutes to make the drink.
- Grind your coffee beans coarsley using a burr grinder.
- Bring the water to a boil over a heat source. Remove the pot and let it stand for 30 to 60 seconds so that the temperature reduces a little. It’s a good idea to add a little extra water than you will need since some of the water will evaporate.
- Add the coffee to the water. A good rule is to measure 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water. Stir to wet the coffee grounds.
- Let the pot stand for 2 minutes. Stir again and let stand for another 2 minutes. It’s best to cover the pot so that no heat escapes. The coffee grounds should have sunk to the bottom of the pot.
- Carefully pour the coffee into cups. If any coffee grounds get into the cups then let the coffee sit in the cups for about 30 seconds so that they settle to the bottom of the cup.
That’s all there is to it. The cowboy method of making coffee is very straightforward. Although this method is used mostly for camping or backpacking, it can be used to make coffee anywhere.
I hope you found this method useful for making coffee without a coffee maker. Have you used the cowboy method to make coffee? If so I would love to hear your thoughts or comments below.