How to Make Coffee the Old Fashioned Way

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Prepare coffee without an expensive electric coffee maker or a fancy French press by using the “old-fashioned” method. Author and chef Alton Brown recommends adding a pinch of salt to the coffee grounds to reduce bitterness in the finished brew without making the coffee taste salty. Make this old-fashioned coffee on your next camping trip or for a change of pace from the typical brewed coffee.

Things You'll Need

  • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp. coarsely ground coffee
  • 3 cups water
  • Saucepan
  • Reusable coffee filter (optional)
  • 3 coffee mugs

Combine the salt, coffee grounds and water in a saucepan.

Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat on the stove or over a campfire.

Remove the mixture from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes to steep the coffee and allow the grounds to settle.

Carefully pour the liquid from the top of the saucepan into three coffee mugs to keep the coffee grounds at the bottom of the saucepan. Alternatively, set a reusable coffee filter on top of each of the coffee mugs before pouring the boiled coffee through the filter into the mug.

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