How to Make Coffee without a Coffemaker or a French Press

Enjoying a cup of coffee is one of my treasured moments throughout my day. I have become more of a coffee enthusiast for a few years now. I have always loved coffee, but had never owned my own coffee maker or french press. And I would usually only have a cup when we went out to a restaurant. Then my sister and brother-in-law came into town while Benjamin was on deployment and joyfully found me a French Press at the Goodwill for $4.00! Then My brother-in-law Jon, gifted me with some yummy coffee from Gevalia and since then I have become a very serious coffee drinker!

Thanks a lot Jon and Marie! 😉

About four months later, as I was washing my beloved French Press, I knocked it against the kitchen sink and broke it, “sniff”.  I checked at the store to replace it and was saddened at how much they go for, making me miss my Goodwill gift so much more.  In desperation for a cup of coffee, I pulled out a cheese cloth sieve and covered my tea pot with it, scooped out some coffee grounds, poured the hot water, let it steep for a few minutes and then poured the beautiful dark coffee into my coffee cup, mmmm…..

Since that time, I now have a beautiful coffee maker that my parents gave me as a housewarming present. It is so nice and new, and even has a timer.

Last week I discovered I ran out of coffee filters and wouldn’t be going to the store for several more days. So I returned to my old way of making coffee.

Place a cheesecloth sieve into a teapot, coffee thermos, or even a regular stove top pot.  If you don’t have a cheesecloth, you could use a CLEAN old white t-shirt. 

Place the coffee grounds into the middle of the filter.

My rule of thumb for measuring is, 1 part coffee grounds, to 2 parts water. So for this teapot I used 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds and 4 cups boiling water.

Allow the coffee to steep for several minutes. Much like you do with a French Press or with tea.

Try to cover the coffee if you can to keep the heat in.

Pull the sieve and drain off the dripping liquid.

If it is not too hot, I will gently squeeze to get any remainder liquid and coffee out.

Pour yourself some deliciousness!


This is also a great way to make coffee for your guests if they enjoy it but you don’t own a coffee maker. This is basically the same as making your coffee with a French Press. The only difference is you aren’t pressing down the grounds.

You should go make some right now 🙂



  1. Roxy August 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I really liked this idea! It has to taste better then camping coffee or better yet then cowboy coffee!
    I have a recipe for you to try! I will E-mail it to you! It is really yummy, and you may want to use it for your coconut oil section.
    Blessings Roxy

  2. Pam August 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pics. I don’t know that many people who keep cheesecloths on hand. It’s a great hack but sounds like the cloths would be hard to clean. I think a reusable coffee filter would be more practical.

    • E. Ann August 26, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Hello Pam, thank you for your comment! Yes, I agree most people probably don’t have cheese cloths on hand, but this is a simple solution when needing to make coffee rather than going to the store and purchasing a whole coffee maker, a cheesecloth is a few dollars 🙂 Oh and the cheese cloths are so easy to clean! I love it 🙂

  3. Marie August 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Mmmmm Mmmm you certainly got me with your gorgeous pictures. Plus you make it so simple for me to follow with your steps!

    I am missing a cup of coffee and some of your company right now!!

    ~ Marie

  4. Kevin October 6, 2013 at 8:59 am - Reply

    What a delightful article that brought me a smile!

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