How to Make Coffee in a Pan

by A.J. Andrews ; Updated September 28, 2017

Cowboy coffee celebrates fire almost as much as it does the bean.

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Brewing coffee in a pan evokes images of chuck wagons, cattle drives and campfires in even the most domesticated suburbanite. Although drinking coffee in the morning is a ritual for most, making coffee -- using only heat and a vessel -- is a ceremony, one that predates even the percolator. The mechanics of making that morning brew -- boiling the water, waiting for the grounds to steep and ladling coffee into your cup -- gives you an extra few minutes to think about the day ahead and makes you appreciate the morning at hand.

Cowboy Coffee

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and 8 ounces of water in a saucepan for each cup of coffee you want to make.

Bring the water to a boil and take the saucepan off the stove. Cover the saucepan.

Steep the coffee 4 to 5 minutes for a moderate flavor and 5 to 7 minutes for a bold brew.

Ladle the coffee out of the saucepan, leaving the grounds undisturbed at its bottom, and into cups to serve.

Suburban Cowboy Coffee

Add 2 tablespoons of coffee to a measuring cup for every cup of coffee you want to make.

Bring 8 ounces of water to a boil for every cup of coffee.

Pour the hot water over the coffee grounds and cover the measuring cup with plastic wrap. Steep the grounds until they settle to the bottom about 5 to 7 minutes.

Pour the coffee in the cup slowly, or through a filter, to keep the grounds at the bottom of the measuring cup.

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About the Author

A.J. Andrews' work has appeared in Food and Wine, Fricote and "BBC Good Food." He lives in Europe where he bakes with wild yeast, milks goats for cheese and prepares for the Court of Master Sommeliers level II exam. Andrews received formal training at Le Cordon Bleu.