A situation you might find yourself in, you have ground coffee but nothing to make it in. In this article, we will show a way, after many attempts at testing different methods for making coffee without a coffee machine or a filter.
We will be using ground coffee similar to how we would use instant coffee. But before we get into it, if you are new, I talk about brewing and drinking coffee that interests you.
Let’s get into it, if you find yourself in this situation where you have coffee but you have nothing to make it. Say your coffee maker is broken down or you are somewhere outdoors, you don’t have a coffee maker or you don’t have power for your coffee maker.
We have various options.
Let’s talk about a couple of options. The first two option needs a little bit of preparation but it is worth pointing them out.
Option number one is just frankly using instant coffee. This kind here is an alpine start and if I can find it. So that one option is just an instant coffee where all you need is hot water and an actual instant coffee mix. Just put it in stir around and you are good to do and good to go. But you can’t do that with ground coffee.
Now, option number two is using a coffee maker that doesn’t require any sort of power. If power is one of the issues like say you are outside camping or something like that, you can either use a French press or use an Aeropress.
For espresso, there are a few missing parts; the funnel and the filter. But this is generally the main body of an Aeropress where you put in your ground coffee here. Then you put it in water, you squeeze this down.
It doesn’t require any power; it is famous for people taking it like it is very compact too. It is not that large. It is good for taking campaigning and so on. That interests you then certainly go down and take a look at this.
Option one is you could put your ground coffee in like a makeshift filter. One of the go-to ones is strictly a paper towel you put the paper towel on top of the mug, you put your ground coffee on top of the paper towel, you run your hot water through it.
Option two is to put hot water in a mug, put your ground coffee in and then filter out the grounds out of that water. I found and have experimented with both ways not because but in preparation for this article.
What I found was the latter option was far superior what I found were two issues when so you might find another article that talks about this using the paper towel putting your ground in there and they are running through hot water through.
Problems faced with various options
There are two issues with that that I found. The way I was doing it results may vary but what I found was that when I put the ground coffee in. When I just simply ran the water through very slowly. So, it is a good filter but maybe too good of a filter where it would take me like I didn’t even last.
The whole mug would have taken me like I don’t know 10 minutes to run that water through. It is because of double applying this. If I just sort of one-piled and unfold it. Put it in but it is tricky to kind of hold the ground coffee there.
The second issue is that I found the coffee was just really weak after the water went through. So there is not an option I recommend. I only recommend the latter option of actually putting hot water in here putting your ground coffee in let it steep and then transferring it over to another mug. While filtering out the coffee grounds that is what we are going to talk about in this article.
Step by Step Guidance
I am going to break it down step by step I know that was a long intro and hopefully you are still with me.
Step one is to get that water hot and you have two options for that you could use just a straight-up kettle or you can use the microwave for this purpose. I am just going to use a straight-up kettle what you want to do is warm your water up to about 200 degrees. This is at 203 degrees and yeah that is close enough what I am going to do is pour my water into the mug.
Step two is putting the ground coffee in there. So this isn’t ideal I have some ground coffee here. Some of it is a little coarse I didn’t grind. All did evenly I got to get a better grinder but if you have like a medium grind then that will work perfectly for this any sort of grind will work well with this. A medium grind is going to be your best bet and thankfully most coffee if it is pre-ground.
It does come already on medium ground so you don’t have to worry about that. So take about a tablespoon and put it right into your coffee. Put a little bit extra and now you just stir it around. So you can see where you are going to need to stir it around. It is just going to be sitting at the top. So I should use a spoon not ideal but whatever get coat all of those or get all those grounds in there.
Now we want to let it sit in the coffee mug for about 60 to 90 seconds or so. If you want it a little bit stronger you can push it maybe to about two or three minutes. Don’t go anywhere don’t go above three minutes because generally with the French press, you let it steep in the water on the grounds. The water let that stay for about four minutes and but that is with using a different ground. That is with using a coarse ground if you let it start steeping over three minutes and starting getting to the four or five minutes range.
It is going to become you can get over-extraction of the actual beans and it is going to start tasting bitter and it is going to be a ruined cup of coffee. So it is being about 60-90 seconds may be a little bit closer to 90 seconds as you would see the coffee the grounds will still be in there.
They haven’t dissolved so ground coffee is not processed the same way as instant coffee this was instant it would be like instantly dissolved but ground coffee just sits there. If you were to drink this now that would be like drinking.
I didn’t even imagine it would be disgusting. So the big trick here is to get or the big challenge is to get rid of those coffee grounds. So that is the next step in the big challenge that we have and we have two options like I said you have possibly the option of using that paper towel but I found this was just way too slow and I don’t recommend that if you are in a pinch if this is all you have then use the paper towel but if you have anything else I certainly do recommend something like this strainer and that is what I am going to be using this is just a basic strainer I think we got this from like the dollar store or something.
Another option you could use if you are into tea. This tea I don’t even know what it is called but it is from David’s tea. It is another strainer that you put the tea leaves in there and you put that in the cup and let it steep and then remove this.
This is another option that is made for tea but it can also be used for coffee. You are less likely to have this likely to have a little strainer even if it is a big strainer it might look a little comical put it on and on a mug.
But any strainer that will stop those coffee grinds from going through so what I am going to be doing now is just trans simply transferring the coffee from one mug to the other now this is going to be tricky because this is very hot water and I am going to try my best not to burn myself on camera.
I am going to burn myself a little bit. I’m hoping not too much I am careful of that. Of course, I am using mason jars to like show you what is going on in the coffee. So it doesn’t have any handles so I am going to be using a paper towel all right.
Let’s see how I can do this. Good all right so as you saw there I didn’t burn myself thankfully that would have been a little embarrassing but this is a little leaky still yeah but this strainer did an excellent job at capturing all of those coffee grounds and in the mug that I transferred it to.
I looked through and I don’t see any coffee grounds whatsoever so it did so great job so let my last thing to do is to give it a taste and let us see how it tastes. That is good so that was making coffee without a coffee maker or a filter or in other words using ground coffee as much as you can as you would instant coffee again if you are new here I am joe with joe pick.