There are plenty of people out there that want to be able to brew their coffee without electricity! Whether that be because they don’t want to rely on technology, or they may not have electricity at home in the first place (whether by choice or necessity).
Well, I’m here to say that you can brew coffee without electricity, and I actually (technically) do it daily! I say technically because my gas stove does have an electric started for the flame… but that could easily be done with an actual lighter.
There are three different things that you have to think about when you are making your coffee, that may require electricity! That would be the heating of water, grinding beans (if you use whole beans), and of course the actual brew process. Each of these have simple work arounds that you can do in your home, or while somewhere like a campsite.
Brewing without electricity
This is probably going to be the first thing you think about when needing to make coffee! Most people use an automatic coffee maker that sits on their counter, and this obviously uses electricity to function.
So what happens when your electricity is out, or you don’t have electricity at all? Use a manual brewer!
I personally use an Aeropress Go (which you can buy here), which I have found to be one of the most simple, inexpensive and best tasting coffee you can get. If you are someone that uses and automatic coffee maker right now, you likely will be able to catch on extremely easily to this brewer.
Alternatively, this article here goes over a bunch of other options that will work as well, and don’t require electricity!
Pro Tip: The coffee makers we discuss here make awesome daily coffee makers, even if you have electricity. I haven’t used an automatic coffee maker for around 10 months at the time of this article.
Heating up your water
Alright, so we know how we are going to brew the coffee, which is the first step! Now we need to figure out how to heat up water for your coffee. If you are looking to make a standard cup of coffee, then hot water is necessary.
The first and easiest way to heat water is by owning a gas stove. We have a gas stove in our home, and it works just fine without electricity, as long as you have a kitchen lighter available.
Another option that some people have is to use their wood stove! If you have one of these in your home, it will act just as well as a gas stove in heating your water in a water kettle (here is a cheap option).
The final way I can think of to heat your water is with a camp stove. These are great to have on hand for camping, and even hiking, but can work as an awesome backup for whenever power goes out. The BioLite Campstove 2 is one of my favorite options for this!
Pro Tip: If none of these options work for you, and you just need coffee, then cold brew might be an awesome option for you! You can read how to make it here.
Grinding coffee beans
Ahhh yes, now we are to the coffee beans! You have learned how to brew coffee, and heat up water for the coffee, now you need a way to get your beans to a ground coffee.
The obvious answer to this, is to buy some ground coffee from the store, and this will solve the issue right away!
However, if you prefer to stick to whole beans, and don’t have electricity, then you need to get yourself a manual coffee grinder! This one right here is relatively inexpensive, and should work perfectly for this purpose.
So there you have it! If you are needing to brew coffee, but are unable to have access to electricity, we have given you some great options for making that coffee whenever you want.
To make coffee without electricity, you just need to make sure you have a manual coffee maker, a manual coffee grinder, and a great way to heat up your water like a gas stove, or a camp stove.