How To Make Filter Coffee On A Stove Without Coffee Maker


Narinder Singh
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Have you ever heard of “cowboy coffee”? Ok, let me put this question differently. Do you think filter coffee can be made without a coffee maker of some kind? I faced this question a few days back when I ended up buying the wrong type of roast & ground coffee powder. I did some online search and came up with the most rewarding answer.

Yes, filter coffee can be made without any specially designed coffee maker. But first, please allow me give a quick background on why my coffee powder was wrong. It was a branded roast & ground coffee powder (filter coffee powder) but it had been ground too fine. I tried both my fancy coffee makers but the coffee powder kept slipping through the filter. I did not get clean coffee.

How To Make Coffee In A Sauce Pan On The Stove

When you do not have a specially designed coffee maker or you end up buying a coffee with a wrong type of grind, you can always make filter coffee in a sauce pan. Here’s how to do it:

  1. To make one cop of coffee, heat 1 and a half cups of water.
  2. When the water begins to boil, reduce flame to the minimum.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of roast & ground coffee powder.
  4. Let the coffee boil.
  5. After about 4-5 minutes, all the coffee grinds should settle at the bottom of the pan.
  6. Your “stove top filter coffee in a pan” is ready.

Carefully pour the coffee to your mug while ensuring that the coffee grinds remain in the pan. You can even use a fine tea strainer.

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Yes, Filter Coffee Can Be Boiled

Do not be taken in by the propaganda that filter coffee should not be boiled. Actually, it is the boiling that causes the coffee grinds to settle down. If you do not boil the coffee powder, your coffee grinds will continue to float around in the hot water and you will not get a clear liquid.

If possible, try to buy coffee powder with what is called the “French Press Grind”. This is coarse ground coffee. Also avoid using a coffee-chicory blend. With such a blend, if the coffee and the chicory are not ground to the same consistency, you will again have floating granules in your mug.

I have been boiling filter coffee in a pan for several days now and I get a perfect strong cup of coffee every time. I do not miss my espresso makers at all.

Try this now. You will love it.


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