Written by Sofia Moore
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While most coffee lovers couldn’t do without their beloved coffee maker at home, would you still be able to make your perfect caffeine fix if something happened and you were left without a coffee pot for a time? 

For example, if your coffee pot needed to be repaired, or you had a power cut, or maybe if you go camping or on holiday somewhere that doesn’t have coffee-making facilities – could you still make coffee without your coffee pot? 

Fortunately, the answer is yes. There are many simple ways to make coffee without requiring a full-on coffee maker and a power supply so don’t panic. And these are also good skills to have if the worst should happen like you run out of paper filters so can’t use your coffee pot.

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Use a French Press

If you have a French press in the cupboard it might technically be a coffee pot but it’s not one that requires any power and is easily portable and can be taken anywhere. You just need hot water and ground coffee to use it.

 

Use a Stove Top Pot

Again, while this is technically a coffee pot, it is one that requires no main power, but it does need a direct heat source to work, so it’s ideal to take with you if you are going camping or on holiday, and still want your brew in the morning.

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Use Instant Coffee

The quickest and easiest way to make coffee without needing a coffee pot is simply to use instant coffee, then all you need is hot water and a cup. There are many high-quality instant coffee brands available, so this idea doesn’t have to send every coffee lover running for the hills.

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Use a Saucepan

If you have access to heat and a saucepan then you can just make coffee on your stovetop. Simply add the water and coffee to the saucepan and turn up the heat. If you are using coffee grounds, just pour the drink out carefully, leaving the grounds in the bottom of the pan and not in your cup. This is also a way to make coffee using instant if you don’t have a kettle or the power is off but you have a gas stove.

 

Make Mud Coffee

With this one, you use the saucepan again but this time you boil and boil a few times and stir the grounds into the water as you want them to be mixed in, rather than settled at the bottom of the pan. Once you have boiled several times, pour the coffee into your cup, and then you allow it to settle, and the mud will sink to the bottom. Don’t drink the last bit.

 

Make Your Own French Press

For this, you need a mug, a spoon, and a bowl as well as a saucepan. First, you boil your water in the saucepan. In your bowl, add the coffee required. Add a small amount of water to the grounds to soak them. 

Pour in the rest of the water and use the spoon to push the coffee right into the bottom of the bowl. Keep the spoon in place as you pour the coffee out into your cup and watch out for any escaped grounds that might be in the last few mouthfuls.

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Make Use of Your Coffee Filters

If you have paper filters but your coffee pot is not working, you can create a giant coffee bag, a bit like a teabag in the way it works. Put two tablespoons of coffee into the filter and then tie it closed with some string. 

Put this into your mug before boiling some water in a saucepan. Soak the bag enough to let the coffee get drenched and leave it for half a minute, before pouring the rest of the water into your cup. Leave it to brew for around five more minutes before removing the coffee bag.

 

Use an Old Sock

If you have ground coffee but no filters and no coffee pot, then you can use an old sock. Make sure it’s clean and it’s not one you intend to wear again and make sure it has no holes in it. Then simply fill the sock with the coffee, hold it over your mug and pour the hot water through it slowly so the water filters through and the coffee drips into the mug below. Take care when holding the sock as it will get hot.

 

Use an Old Cloth

Similar in principle to the sock method, if you have a piece of old cloth or a t-shirt that you can cut into pieces, you can create a cloth bag to put your coffee into, then pour the hot water through it to make coffee, before emptying the grounds. The good thing with this and the sock method is you can wash and reuse them if need be so it’s an environmentally friendly way to make your coffee.

 

Go to a Coffee Shop

If all else fails and you have no way of making your own coffee at home, then head to the nearest coffee shop to buy your favorite brew so at least you don’t have to face the morning without your favorite caffeine fix. But don’t forget to make your next stop a homeware shop so you can invest in a new coffee maker for your house so that you won’t ever find yourself in this position again.

 

Dare I Say it? You Could Always Drink Tea for the Day

Another alternative, if your coffee pot is out of action, would be to switch your caffeine fix to tea just until you can sort out your coffee pot. All you need to make tea are tea bags, hot water, and a cup so no fancy equipment required at all. If you like both drinks, then switching up for the day won’t cause you too much pain or anguish.

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