How to Make Coffee the Old Fashioned Way

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Things You'll Need

  • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt

  • 6 tbsp. coarsely ground coffee

  • 3 cups water

  • Saucepan

  • Reusable coffee filter (optional)

  • 3 coffee mugs

Prepare coffee without machines.

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.


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Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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


Step 4

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.