Non-Electric Drip Coffee Maker

I got an email yesterday and a question the day before about the coffee pot that’s sitting on the cook stove in the Hot Spot post from a couple of days ago.

Maybe other readers are interested in that coffee pot too. So what follows below is some old-fashioned show and tell.

Non-Electric Drip Coffee Pot

Non-Electric Drip Coffee Pot

We have hard water on our farm. And hard water has killed every electric drip coffee maker that we’ve ever owned. So years ago we gave up on electric coffee makers and switched to either range top perked coffee or the Melitta pour over system for coffee.
Both methods make good coffee. But both methods have drawbacks for our particular household.
Stove top perked coffee is wonderful but takes too long on most mornings.
The Melitta system uses expensive paper filters and I’m not wild about buying disposable anything.

So a few years ago while on a Lehman’s Hardware trip we found a Lindys stainless steel drip coffee maker in their “Lehman’s Outlet” store for $40.
(Lehman’s Outlet is really the scratch and dent section from the old store that was moved out of the store into another building after their big expansion)
The coffee maker consists of 4 pieces: a lid, basket, basket top and pot that all fit together.

4 Parts Of The Non-Electric Drip Coffee Maker

4 Parts Of The Non-Electric Drip Coffee Maker

Here’s how to make a really good cup of coffee with one.
Set a kettle of water on to boil.
Place the basket on top of the pot.
Measure ground coffee into the basket well

Coffee Goes In Basket

Coffee Goes In Basket

and then place the basket top over the coffee.

Basket Top Covers Coffee In Basket

Basket Top Covers Coffee In Basket

We use 1 tablespoon of regular ground grocery store coffee to 1 cup of water.

Measuring Out Regular Grind Grocery Store Coffee

Measuring Out Regular Grind Grocery Store Coffee

After the water begins to boil remove it from the heat.
Allow the water to just cease boiling and quickly pour the water over top of the basket assembly.

Pouring Hot Water Into Coffee Pot

Pouring Hot Water Into Coffee Pot

Allow the hot water to drip through.

Coffee Dripping Through Basket Into Pot

Coffee Dripping Through Basket Into Pot

After the coffee has finished dripping, remove the entire basket assembly from the pot and set aside.
We usually set it on top of bowl because sometimes it will still drip a little coffee.
The lid is put on top of the pot and the coffee pot can then be set on the stove to keep it warm.
The manufacture suggests the use of paper coffee filters but we have found that with paper coffee filters much more coffee needs to be used. Without the paper filters sometimes grounds will get into the bottom of the coffee pot but it’s not bad. I’d rather put up with some grounds than have to keep buying paper filters and extra coffee.

Coffee Grounds In Coffee Pot

Coffee Grounds In Coffee Pot

The non-electric stainless steel coffee pots are expensive. But they pay for themselves over time. We have used our coffee pot every day for well over 3 or 4 years without a problem.


  19 comments for “Non-Electric Drip Coffee Maker

  1. Sharon Johnson
    November 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Thanks so much! Now I need to make a cup of coffee!

  2. Wzrd1
    November 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I’ve taken roll paper towels, the cheap, brown kind and used those to fashion filters when I’ve needed them.
    I’m not much of a fan of drip coffee in general, I far prefer percolated coffee.
    Usually, I will perc a pot of coffee at night, remove the grounds once drained, then warm it up in the morning.
    That said, I’m on electric percolator now. If anyone finds a good stove top, preferably 12 cup percolator with a real glass dome, let me know!

  3. Emerald
    November 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

    If something ever happened to your beautiful coffee pot consider a French press. It’s used in a similar way, uses no filter, and makes delicious coffee. My French press coffee and Granny Miller is all I need to start my day off right! In the busyness of this crazy world you remind me that the simple things in life are what makes it so sweet! The Lord bless you and keep you

    • KMG
      November 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you :-)

  4. Sue
    November 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Our folks used one of these until after I left home…they were very common before electric coffee makers. I have looked for one at thrift stores, great to know where to get one today.

    • KMG
      November 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Sometimes the old, tried and true ways really are better :-)

  5. November 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    We do something at deer camp which I really don’t know is just crazy tradition or actually works. The water we use comes from a shallow hand pump well and is always rusty. We make what we call egg coffee. We measure out a couple scoops of coffee into a bowl then break an egg and add, yoke and all into the coffee mixing it together with a fork. We then add this to a small pot or coffee pot without the drip components, add water. It is then brought to a boil for about 8-10 minutes, then poured into a empty coffee pot through a fine mesh strainer. It is now ready to serve. Supposedly, the egg somehow removes the hardness in the water. It sounds crazy but the coffee taste really good!

    • KMG
      November 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Jim, I’ve heard of that before but never actually tried it. I can’t drink coffee because I’m caffeine sensitive, but I’m going to encourage my husband to give egg coffee a try.

      • November 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

        Try using your well water and let me know how it turns out. If it works I will find out why.

        • KMG
          November 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

          James –
          It could be awhile. I’ll surprise my other half some morning and let you know what he says :-)

  6. Pamela
    November 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I have been using brown paper filters and putting them (with the coffee grounds) in my compost, but I really like the idea of eliminating disposable items. I’ll be looking for one of these!

    I recently discovered your blog and wish I lived closer – I’d love to talk to you in person about spinning and weaving and canning and drying and oil lamps…. . Thank you for posting such great detailed information on your site, it is a pleasure to read and the photos are wonderful too!

    • KMG
      November 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Pamela –
      You are so very welcomed :-)

  7. Kim of Mount Saint Joseph Farm
    November 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    They say like souls always find each other. I have this exact same coffee maker from the exact same store and I make my coffee in the exact same manner each day! I think it is delicious and the least toxic way to make coffee. I then use a paper towel, piece of newspaper, or even just my fingers to wipe the grounds out of the filter and into my black (meaning it will be used for landscaping plants but not edible) compost. Sometimes I just pour the used dish rinse water through the filter and water my acid loving plants that way. Trying to live like God intended and loving it!

    • KMG
      November 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm


  8. November 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    This is what we use for coffee, it is a great tasting method of making coffee. The best tasting coffee was made by my Bocia, (Polish for Grandma). She used an ordinary sauce pan poured in the fresh-ground coffee freely into the pan and stirred continuously until the coffee turned a nice dark brown. She then added fresh cream and stirred for another minute or two until the right cafe-Au-lait color was achieved. This was the best coffee I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, she died in 1962, so I’ve since settled for other coffee making methods.

    • KMG
      November 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      It’s amazing how many ways there are to make a great cup of coffee :-)

  9. Esther
    November 6, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I think the best taking coffee is in a percolator. Smooth and delicious…. I have a stainless steel one, made in Brooklyn New York… pretty old. Electric and it is so good, so hot….. perfect. Stainless steel basket…. Nothing to throw out.
    I would never go back to any of the modern, plastic coffee makers, Yuck and double yuck.

    • KMG
      November 7, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Esther –
      I used to like percolator coffee too. We quit using the percolator because we wanted to be not dependent upon electricity for one of life’s great pleasures.

  10. connie
    November 7, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I lucked out and found one in a second hand store for less then $10. I also made my own reusable filters out of muslin. For this type of pot I made teabags. For the perculator I made square with a button hole in each corner and one in the middle.

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