Stovetop Coffee – A Homestead DIY!

Stovetop Coffee - A Homestead DIY :: Faulk Farmstead

There aren’t many things that I physically cannot function without.

Coffee, however, IS one of those things.



We still have an electric coffee maker that gets used religiously to brew our coffee every single morning.  This last week, though, the unthinkable happened.  The coffee maker was on the fritz.



A tragedy, I tell you.  There is nothing worse than getting up at 4:45, stumbling out to the kitchen, starting the coffee pot, and hopping in the shower – only to find that 15 minutes later (when you NEED that first cup), there is only an inch of coffee in the pot and LOTS of sputtering occurring.



This has happened before and simply required a good cleaning out.  However, over the next two days, the situation didn’t improve after multiple cleanings.   I was officially fed up.  NOTHING messes with my coffee and gets away with it!  But was I going to run out and buy a new coffee maker?  Pssh.  I think not.



Last summer, the hubs and I were antiquing and came across this gem of a coffee pot.  My problem, however, was that I had NO CLUE how to use it.  Sad, right?   The researching began…   I share with you the method that worked the best for me!  Trust me, this is crazy useful info here!



Stovetop Coffee

8 cups water

4 scoops (about 1 ounce) whole coffee beans, coarsely ground (this is our FAVORITE!)


Stovetop Coffee - A Homestead DIY :: Faulk Farmstead
Coffee beans – coarsely ground


Remove the coffee ground basket from a stovetop coffee pot and fill with the coffee grounds.  Add water to the pot and place the coffee basket back into the pot.

Place the lid on the pot and turn the heat on high.  Bring to a boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer.

Simmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on your strength preference.  I did our closer to 10 minutes – perfection for us!


That’s it!  Doctor up your brew as you desire – or enjoy it au natural and black like I do!

Stovetop Coffee - A Homestead DIY :: Faulk Farmstead

 How do you make your coffee?  Coffee pot?  Stovetop?  Cold brew?  Share in the comments!


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35 thoughts on “Stovetop Coffee – A Homestead DIY!

  1. Mmmmm coffee! We have one of those pots for camping, I’m not sure we’ve used it yet! Now I know how! 🙂

  2. p.s. we’re spoiled- we have a Keurig at home. Electric drip coffee maker at work for coffee during the week.

  3. I’ve used a stove top coffee maker during camping, but never thought to use it indoors! I love the freshness of the coffee brewed in them, so I’m definitely going to make a switch and try this out 🙂 Thanks from a fellow coffee addict!

  4. My wife bought a plug-in electric percolator at a garage sale. Used it once and got rid of it. I’ve wanted to try a stovetop perc for a while. Have to keep my eyes open at this summer’s garage sales.

  5. I ‘inherited’ a large one and a small one one but the innards are missing, so they are just decoration. Any ideas where I might find the inside parts?

    1. An old camping trick for making coffee when you don’t have the basket and parts: You will be putting your grounds in, loose. When the coffee has “brewed”, you crack a raw egg into it. Most of the grounds will adhere to the egg. Experiment and give it a try. It really does work!

  6. Used drip for years but I now use a French press and grind my beans every morning. I cannot even drink drip coffee now because it has no flavor after the boldness of a French press.

  7. I am currently in Egypt and I’ve learned to make Turkish Coffee, which has a very similar process. Now I don’t want to do coffee any other way but this way. Tastes delicious. 😀

  8. If it’s your favourite coffee (I’ve checked the link), you’d better hurry up and leave a rating on Amazon, ’cause the only 1 rating they have is 1 star… 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your method, cool!

  9. I defenly need one of those…there is a old mexican recepie, that is, the same method you used, but, it also have some anis star, clove, cinamon, and sweetened with dark sugar(back then the only one), called “cafe de hoya”, its remarkable full flavor, great for cold mornings, or just for the kick of it.


    P.D. lovely photos

  10. When I was growing up, that was the method of making coffee. Ours was a percolator with the little glass top so you could see the coffee bubbling up

  11. Percolators are the best, I have a stove top for those times when the electricity goes out and for camping, but my everyday is an old “Faberware Superfast”…electric percolator, it was American made, 1950s??? in Bronx New York…All stainless steel, no yucky plastic and it is the best!!!!!! Brews hot and the taste is much better than drip.

  12. I got my stove top coffee pot recently from Vermont Country Store. Great coffee and no more worry about the pot quitting!

  13. I inherited one from a church as they were vacating their old building. It works and cleans up better than the electric pot I have.

  14. We have a large pot similar to yours we use for camping all the time. But no basket. I don’t like “cowboy coffee” so I went out and found me some industrial size coffee filters and make up my own filter packs. Those in the grocery stores are too pricey. Put my coffee in the center, fold up the edges, and tie it off with whatever – string, floss, bread tie. Tie near the top so the coffee isn’t compacted. We make up one for every 12 cups. Works great. There’s nothing like coffee around a campfire.

  15. I have a Keurig for those busy mornings. I love that there is no messes being left in the mornings. On those camping mornings though, I love my percolated coffee. It is the best. Rated right up there with the camp fire.

  16. I use a stove top percolator that I bought almost 20 years ago while in college. I’ve never owned an automatic coffee maker. I had always used filters in it but recently decided for make it without a paper filter and, instead, use a reusable filter as I pour it into my gigantic cup or mason jar. If I’m making coffee to drink cold I add the sugar into the water before putting it on the stove. It’s also great for making tea to drink hot or cold and heating foods like soup.

    Unfortunately, my avocado green percolator looks like it has been to war and back. I decided a couple of weeks ago to start looking at yard sales for another. My second sale I went to had a great silver one for $1.25!

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