Perfect Cups: How To Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

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We have some house guests arriving next week who are big coffee drinkers and will surely want a cup in the morning. We usually just use a single-cup filter to make our daily cup, so we’ll have to switch gears to avoid brewing endless single cups while our guests are here! Here’s our favorite no-machine method – what’s yours?

Our no-coffee-maker method is kind of a DIY version of French press coffee. We put the coffee grounds (1-2 tablespoons per cup of water) in our largest liquid measuring cup and pour the hot water on top. Our measuring cup holds two quarts of liquid, but a large bowl or a heat-proof pitcher would also work fine if you don’t have a measuring cup that large.

We let the coffee and water steep for three minutes, stir up the grounds, and let it steep for another three minutes. Then we pour single cups of coffee using our single-cup filter to strain out the floating grounds. You can also line a strainer with a large basket coffee filter and filter all the coffee at once into a thermos or carafe.

Do you have another method for making multiple cups of coffee without a coffee maker? Please share!

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