How to Brew Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

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Things You'll Need

  • Coffee mug

  • Saucepan or tea kettle

  • Stove

  • Single-cup coffee drip

  • Single-cup coffee filter

  • Coffee

  • Water

  • Half and half (optional)

  • Sugar (optional)

If you're only making one or two cups of coffee, there's no sense firing up a whole coffee-pot full. Besides, automatic coffee makers are notorious for nasty build-up that over time taints the flavor of your cup of joe. Brewing coffee with a single-cup, manual drip method not only ensures a great-tasting cup every time, but takes the waste out of the process.


Step 1

Fill the coffee mug with water and empty it into a small saucepan or tea kettle.

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Step 2

Turn one burner of the stove on high and heat the water until it is boiling.

Step 3

Place the single-cup coffee drip over the mouth of the mug while the water is boiling.


Step 4

Place a single-cup filter in the drip and scoop the desired amount of coffee. For a strong cup, use 3 heaping teaspoons for one 12-ounce cup. For a weaker brew, use less.

Step 5

Pour the boiling water slowly over the coffee grounds.


Step 6

Continue to pour the water in, washing the grounds that gather on the sides of the filter down to the bottom.

Step 7

Add half and half and sugar to taste once all the water is emptied from the saucepan.


If you plan to add a lot of half and half and sugar, leave room by heating slightly less water than what will fit in the mug.


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