How to Make Coffee in a Pan


Brewing coffee in a pan evokes images of chuck wagons, cattle drives and campfires in even the most domesticated suburbanite. Although drinking coffee in the morning is a ritual for most, making coffee -- using only heat and a vessel -- is a ceremony, one that predates even the percolator. The mechanics of making that morning brew -- boiling the water, waiting for the grounds to steep and ladling coffee into your cup -- gives you an extra few minutes to think about the day ahead and makes you appreciate the morning at hand.

Cowboy Coffee

  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and 8 ounces of water in a saucepan for each cup of coffee you want to make.

  • Bring the water to a boil and take the saucepan off the stove. Cover the saucepan.

  • Steep the coffee 4 to 5 minutes for a moderate flavor and 5 to 7 minutes for a bold brew.

  • Ladle the coffee out of the saucepan, leaving the grounds undisturbed at its bottom, and into cups to serve.

Suburban Cowboy Coffee

  • Add 2 tablespoons of coffee to a measuring cup for every cup of coffee you want to make.

  • Bring 8 ounces of water to a boil for every cup of coffee.

  • Pour the hot water over the coffee grounds and cover the measuring cup with plastic wrap. Steep the grounds until they settle to the bottom about 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Pour the coffee in the cup slowly, or through a filter, to keep the grounds at the bottom of the measuring cup.

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