How to make coffee with or without coffee makers

The first method that we want to explore is ' how to make coffee with coffee sock'.This method uses coffee grounds and the coffee that it brews is equivalent if not better than a long black from an automatic espresso machine.


It is in fact a very popular way of enjoying coffee in South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia). Local's term is Kopi. And it has it's own variations similar to your gourmet coffee. 

For example: 

For their Long Black or Americano: It is called Kopi O

For their Latte Equivalent (coffee with milk): It is called Kopi C

Here is an example of how they prepared coffee without coffee makers, using just a coffee sock (cloth filter). 

To make this coffee, you would need:

  • a coffee sock
  • 2 container
  • hot water
  • and coffee ground of your choice.
  1. You would put some coffee ground into the sock, pour hot water through the sock into the first container, we term this container A.
  2. Then, from container A, you would pour the coffee liquid through the sock into the second container, we call container B.This would be one cycle.
  3. Depending on the coffee ground, the amount of coffee and the taste profile, you can repeat as many times as you like. Then, simply pour the coffee out from the container and enjoy it.

While, it sounds like a lot of estimation and guessing, this is the beauty of coffee, a different experience with every visit, every cup. The folks using this coffee brewers that are mostly uncles in their fifties and are sought after by many local coffee stalls for their wealth of experience.

Want to know more about Singapore coffee? Check out our Singapore Cafes Guide for more information...

If are looking for other information about coffee and coffee makers, then the Coffee Detective site is a comprehensive source of information and advice on how to make coffee and choose the best coffee makers.

Making coffee using a portable espresso maker? 

The main draw of using a portable espresso maker is portability. You can have your favourite coffee or espresso easily at any locations, usually without the need of electricity. 

What we like about this particular travel coffee maker - Capressule is its dual use function. You can use any coffee grounds and make coffee anywhere, or you can use any Nespresso pods (or compatible pods) for a great cup of coffee. 

Read more about this portable espresso maker here. 

Other Coffee Brewing Methods

Upcoming, we would also be covering topics such as: 

Making coffee using a semi automatic espresso machine (La Marzocco) 

Brewing coffee using a fully automatic coffee machine (Delonghi) 

How to make a Dalgona Coffee

How to make cold brew coffee

Making Coffee using a French Press 

Drop us a message below on any other topics or brewing topics you want us to cover. 

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OCM has also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of the modules are running in the Singapore Skillsfuture Classes in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes. 

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