How To Prepare Coffee Beans At Home

Coffee should be ground to a medium, sand-like consistency.

Using a small amount of water, wet the grounds and wait for at least 30 seconds (longer if your beans are very fresh) Over a 30-second period, pour half of the remaining water. The remaining water can be poured in three or four smaller increments.

There are a variety of ways to make coffee without using a machine, simply follow these simple steps detailed below.

THE STOVETOP . . . you can make a cup or a pot of coffee right on your stovetop with a few kitchen utensils.

  • Coffee Ground
  • Saucepan of water
  • Mug, Spoon and Ladle

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS . . . fill your pan with water. Since some of the water would be lost to boiling and soaking into the beans, use slightly more water than the amount of coffee you want.

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the coffee grounds in the water. For the amount of water you used, use the same amount you would in your coffee maker.

Bring your coffee to a boil on a medium-high burner. Stir them periodically to prevent the grounds from burning on the bottom.

Boil your coffee for two minutes, uncovered.

Allow the pot to cool for four minutes after removing it from the fire, the grounds will settle to the bottom. Pour brewed coffee into your mug gently not to take any grounds with it.


  • Coffee Ground
  • Coffee Filter for Hot Water
  • Non Wax-coated String
  • Mug

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS . . . pour a single serving of coffee grounds into your filter after measuring it.

Close the filter tightly and create a small pouch filled with grounds.

Tie it with a piece of string and hang one long end outside your cup like a tea bag in a mug.

Pour the hot water slowly over the coffee bag in the cup

Steep the coffee for 4 minutes. To make your brew stronger or weaker, increase or decrease the time as required.

THE STRAINER . . . similar to the stovetop process, using a strainer with micro holes to keep the coffee grounds out of your cup. is another common way to make coffee without a filter.

  • Coffee Ground
  • Saucepan or a kettle
  • Mug, Spoon and Ladle
  • Strainer
  • Mug

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS . . . pour the appropriate amount of water into your kettle or saucepan.

  • Use the appropriate amount of coffee grounds.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for two minutes.
  • Switch off the heat in the saucepan.

Pour the coffee into your mesh strainer, which should be kept above your cup. As the coffee flows into your cup, the strainer can trap any grounds that escape from the saucepan. Since you're using a strainer instead of a saucepan, you won't have to wait as long for your grounds to settle.

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