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4 Easy Ways On How to Make Coffee On The Stove (At Home Or Off-Grid)

There are many different ways of making coffee and stove top coffee is one of them.

This method is super handy if you want to make coffee without power, on camping trips, or when your coffee machine stops working.

Let’s have a look at how to make a good pot of coffee on the stove, with four different ways to brew.

It’s quick, cheap, and easy!

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How to Make Coffee On The Stove?

Discover 4 different ways of brewing stovetop coffee and pick your favorite!

Cowboy Coffee

Wondering how to make coffee in a pot? Cowboy coffee is the classic method when it comes to making saucepan coffee. Perfect for home use and camping trips, put on your cowboy hat, and let’s make cowboy coffee in a few easy steps!

PS: It’s probably the cheapest way to make coffee as well.

You’ll need:

  • Ground coffee (1 heaping TBSP per cup)
  • A pot/kettle (depending on what you have on hand)
  • Water (13 oz per cup)
  • Spoon (or another utensil to stir the grounds with)
  • A mug

How to brew cowboy coffee?

  1. Pour the desired amount of coffee into a pan/kettle
  2. Next, add in the desired amount of ground coffee
  3. Place the saucepan/kettle over low-medium heat, bring to a boil.
  4. After a couple of minutes, remove the saucepan/kettle from heat (and turn off the stove). Let the pan sit for another 3 minutes; you want the grounds to sink to the bottom
  5. Pour the beverage into a cup. Optionally, if using a saucepan, you could use a small ladle to scoop freshly brewed coffee into your mug

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Easy Turkish (Greek) Coffee

Another way of making coffee in a pot is Turkish coffee. But this time, the coffee pot is a traditional Turkish coffee maker known as an ibrik or cezve. The same coffee pot is also used to make Greek and Bosnian coffee.

Ibrik/cezve is a nice and 100% optional addition to your kitchen, but it’s optional. If you don’t have one, use one of these stainless steel pots instead.

You’ll need:

  • Ground coffee
  • Water
  • An ibrik
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Cups

How to brew Turkish coffee?

  1. Pour water into the ibrik/stainless steel pot
  2. Place it onto the stove
  3. Add sugar (to taste)
  4. Turn on the heat and bring water to a boil
  5. Once boiled, lower the heat and just add coffee grounds
  6. Bring back to a boil
  7. Remove from stove and set aside for a few minutes for the grounds to sink to the bottom
  8. Serve and enjoy

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Moka Pot For Stovetop Espresso

Moka pot has to be one of the cheapest way to make espresso at home, even though it doesn’t make real espresso.

This classic Italian stovetop pot is a portable, travel-friendly, and durable coffee maker that works perfectly on any stovetop. Take it camping, bring it to your office, use it at home. It’s an easy way to brew espresso-style coffee at home.

You’ll need:

  • Ground coffee (espresso Moka pot type)
  • Water
  • Espresso Moka pot
  • A coffee cup

How to Brew Moka Pot coffee?

  1. Dissemble the entire Moka pot
  2. Fill the bottom chamber with water
  3. Add ground coffee into filter
  4. Place the filter into the bottom part of the Moka pot
  5. Twist the top and bottom part together until sealed tightly and securely
  6. Place the stovetop espresso onto the stove and turn on the heat (low-medium heat)
  7. Turn off the heat when you hear a bubbling/sputtering sound from the pot
  8. Serve while warm and enjoy!

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Stovetop Percolator

Wondering how to brew coffee in a percolator? Quite easily. Percolators are inexpensive, easy to find, durable, and portable.

Use them in your kitchen, in your RV, or bring them on your camping trips. They’re bound to save the day when your drip machine dies.

It’s also one of the best ways to make coffee without electricity.

You’ll need:

  • A percolator
  • Freshly ground
  • Water
  • Coffee cups
  • A kitchen towel

How to brew coffee in a percolator:

  1. Fill your pot with water up to the sign on the side of the percolator
  2. Fill the basket with coffee
  3. Place the lid on the basket and place the basket into the pot
  4. Close the lid (the knob on top shouldn’t be too loose nor too tight)
  5. Place the percolator onto the stove and bring to a boil
  6. Once boiling, turned the heat down to low temperature and keep percolating steadily (don’t overheat the coffee or it might burn; keep a steady pace)
  7. Set a timer; the longer you brew, the stronger the coffee
  8. Turn off the stove about a minute before the timer runs out
  9. Open the percolator and remove the basket (use a towel, the basket is very hot!)
  10. Pour and serve fresh!

Tips on making coffee in a percolator:

  • The ratio you can start with is 1 TBSP of coffee for 250 ml of water.
  • Start with a brewing time of 8 minutes. Try and test the coffee until you get the strength and taste you desire. Some people leave it up to 12 minutes, some are happy with their coffee after 7 minutes!
  • The coffee shouldn’t be too finely ground for the percolator. Use regular or coarse ground instead if you don’t want it to be too gritty.

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How long do you boil coffee on the stove?

Ideally, you should boil coffee on the stove in a pot uncovered for about two minutes. Then, remove the pot from heat and let it sit for another 5 minutes.

How to make coffee without a pot?

There are a few easy ways to brew coffee without a coffee maker:

How to make a good pot of coffee?

Here’s hot to make coffee in a pot:

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How long to perk coffee on stove?

The time depends on how strong do you want your coffee to be. On average, the coffee should perk on the stove from 7 to 10 minutes.

How to make coffee in a glass coffee pot on stove?

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How to make Turkish coffee without an ibrik?

Instead of an ibrik, you can get a similarly shaped stainless steel pot. It’s not as good-looking as a traditional ibrik, but it’ll do the trick!

Can I make coffee with beans?

You can try it but the result won’t be as rewarding as you may think. For best effects, grind the beans before brewing coffee.

According to Homegrounds,

The problem is extraction time: brewed this way, extraction takes so long that the water will cool down, which extends the extraction time even farther. True, you could simmer the beans on the stovetop, if you have time for an interesting science experiment, but believe me, it’s much better just to mash the beans in a mortar and pestle or in a blender and brew them normally.

How To Brew Coffee On Stove Top: A Recap

There are different easy ways to brew coffee when you don’t have a coffee machine and stove top coffee is just one of them.

As you can see from the list above, you don’t need much to get brewing: a pot, ground coffee, and water are more than enough to make a fresh cup of coffee.

Any method from above works great and they all come with a minimal learning curve. What’s great about them is that you can also use them to brew coffee while camping and in your RV off-grid.



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1 thought on “4 Easy Ways On How to Make Coffee On The Stove (At Home Or Off-Grid)”

  1. Minh Mihalko

    Perfectly written, very informative. Thankyou!

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