Can You Make Coffee Without Electricity?

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:25 pm

Making coffee without electricity. Do you know this too? You want to prepare a coffee and suddenly the power is gone. What do you do now?

In our technical world we are used to everything working.
The coffee machine runs, the coffee machine prepares espresso, latte macchiato and cappuccino at the push of a button.

Can You Make Coffee Without Electricity?

But suddenly the appliances no longer work. The power is gone.

Whether it’s a natural disaster, a blackout or a normal power failure. Pretty stupid, if you just feel like a coffee.

In this article, I’ll show you how to make coffee without electricity. Whether in the city apartment, camping or on a long hike in the mountains.

Brewing coffee without electricity – The materials you need

You will need the following materials to brew your delicious coffee without electricity from the socket.

  1. gas stove or oven
  2. clean water
  3. filter bag
  4. coffee filter holder
  5. coffee powder
  6. coffee pot or coffee cup

Step-by-step instructions – making coffee without electricity

  1. Fill clean water into a pot
  2. Heat water to 92 – 96 degrees on a stove or gas stove
  3. Put filter bag into the coffee filter holder
  4. Fill coffee powder into the filter bag/coffee filter
  5. Position coffee filter holder on top of coffee pot
  6. Pour hot water slowly over the coffee powder
  7. Your coffee is ready
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How to make coffee without a coffee maker!

  1. fill clean water into a saucepan.
  2. heat the coffee water on a stove or gas stove. To do this, I cover the pot with a lid, so the water begins to boil faster. The recommended temperature for coffee water is 92 – 96 degrees.

Coffee water should not be hotter than 96 degrees, otherwise the coffee will develop a bitter taste.

Coffee water should not be colder than 86 degrees, otherwise the coffee will be very weak and may develop a sour aftertaste.

For the correct temperature of the coffee water, you can use a thermometer.

  1. put filter bag into the coffee filter holder. If you don’t like filter bags, you can use stainless steel permanent filter.
  2. Ground coffee powder with a teaspoon into the coffee filter. I use 2 teaspoons of ground coffee for one cup.
  3. pour the hot coffee water slowly into the filter bag so that the coffee can develop its aroma.
  4. let the hot coffee cool briefly and enjoy sip by sip.

Making coffee without electricity – Is it only for self-supporters and dropouts?

No, making coffee without electricity is not just for self-supporters and dropouts.

Anyone can do it, whether you’re traveling in a camper, climbing new peaks on a mountain tour, or traveling in a camper van in France.

You will be amazed at how easy it is to make coffee without electricity and what great taste the prepared coffee has.

The time you take in making coffee can be tasted in the full-bodied aroma of the brewed coffee.

Why do I brew my coffee without electricity?

I live many months of the year in my self-sufficient garden without electricity from a wall socket or running water. I love the simple and uncomplicated life.

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I store my water in plastic bottles or filter the water from my well. There is no coffee maker as I have no electricity in the self-sufficient garden.
I love coffee – I brew my own coffee

Of course, I also love coffee and can’t imagine a morning without the hot beverage. So I was faced with the challenge of brewing my own coffee. I researched how to do it.

In the process, I also remembered camping trips with my parents in childhood. Back in the tent, my parents heated the coffee water on a gas stove and brewed their own coffee with a porcelain filter*.

Gas stove or oven

Now I knew how to brew my own coffee without electricity. I tried it out!

It worked and the coffee tasted aromatic and delicious. In the summer, I heat the coffee water on a gas stove. In winter on my stove in the garden house.

You can imagine that I was really very proud of my first home-brewed coffee.

What type of coffee do I use for my home-brewed coffee?

I use normal ground filter coffee from the supermarket. It doesn’t matter if it’s Jacobs, Melitta or Dallmayr.
If I want something special, I go to a local coffee roastery and have my coffee ground from Arabica beans.

Can you make coffee without electricity in a press pot?

Yes, you can make coffee without electricity in a press pot. You fill the coffee powder into the empty pot and pour hot coffee water over it.

In this special brewing method, the coffee powder is in contact with the hot coffee water for several minutes. The one-time infusion is called single-stage extraction.

Then the plunger is pressed down. A sieve is attached to it, which presses the coffee grounds floating in the coffee to the bottom of the pot. Once the coffee grounds have been removed, the coffee can be enjoyed.

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One should pay attention to high-quality press jugs. Since the glass is exposed to strong thermal stresses due to the high temperatures.

When filling the hot coffee water, you should position a spoon in the pot to prevent stress cracks in the glass.

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French Press System Coffee Maker

I use the Bodum CAFFETTIERA coffee maker myself. I am very satisfied with this French Press.

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