How to Brew Coffee in a Saucepan

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How to Brew Coffee in a Saucepan
Coffee can still be made on the stove. (coffee in coffee image by Maria Brzostowska from

Coffee boiled directly in water is the oldest method for creating the caffeinated drink. Steeping and drip are still better ways to make a good cup of coffee, but when you don't have a french press or percolator, the old saucepan method works almost as well. It is also used to make coffee while camping or on the road, which is why it's sometimes called "Cowboy Coffee."

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Things you need

  • Medium saucepan
  • 2 qts water
  • 1 cup ground coffee

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  1. 1

    Pour the water into the saucepan and bring it to a boil.

  2. 2

    Add the coffee grounds evenly throughout the water.

  3. 3

    Bring the water back to a boil. As soon as the bubbles are rolling, remove from heat and cover.

  4. 4

    Let the coffee stand for five minutes before pouring.

Tips and warnings

  • Finer grounds make a stronger cup of coffee, while coarser grounds permeate less into the water.
  • Coffee grounds sink when they cool, so there is no need to add cold water as some recipes suggest.

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