How To Make Coffee in an Emergency: Survival 101

Like many people, I identify as a coffee drinker. I consume it morning, noon, and night. 

Everyone has their way of brewing a pot of this delicious drink, but an emergency or grid-down situation, can leave you without a cup of your favorite hot beverage. 

Not to worry though, because I am going to show you my favorite way of making coffee that will work at on the trail or at home, even if you do not have any power. 

How To Make Coffee During an Emergency

Below is a small list of items you will need. 

  • Pot to boil water in 
  • Stirring utensil (optional)
  • Heat source 
  • Coffee grounds
  • One cup of cold water
  • Favorite drinking mug

I like making coffee outside so the heat source I use will be using is the CampStove 2 by Biolite, though any survival stove, grill, or campfire will do. 

Set Up

Once I have my stove setup, I fill my pot with clean water leaving it a few inches from the top. I will explain shortly why I do not fill the pot all the way up.

Since this has to do with making coffee during an emergency, I will be using a simple pot I snagged from the kitchen. Just do not tell my wife. 

Now, place the pot of water over the heat source making sure that it is stable and will not tip over. 


How hot the water should be is up for debate and a personal choice, but I like to bring the water to a full boil. 

Once the bubbles are rolling over the surface of the water, I throw in a couple of scoops of coffee grounds.


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