Stuck Without Gear? Cold Brew Coffee With a Clean Sock!

We all know that feeling. You spend hours packing up all your coffee gear, each device particularly oriented to ensure safe travels. You find yourself at your destination, tired and not interested in unpacking. The next morning rolls around and you shuffle through your suitcase, becoming more and more frantic.

The terrible reality hits you: you left all your coffee brewing gear at home.

Though inconvenient it may be, there is hope beyond the gear as long as you have coffee and water. Take note of what’s around you. A stove and a pot? There’s your source for hot water. A hammer and a towel? Your coffee grinder.

With a little creativity and some willingness to drink less-than-ideal coffee, you won’t have to go without your desperately needed caffeine for long.

For Immediate Desperation

If the clock is ticking until your sanity meter runs dangerously low, you need to get some water boiling. Pour that water over some crushed coffee beans and you’ll have yourself a mug of cowboy coffee in about four minutes.

That’s simple enough, but this routine gets old and those coffee grounds aren’t very fun to drink. Lucky for you, oh desperate coffee drinker, there’s another way.

Enter The Sock

A clean sock makes for an effective coffee filter. The threads are woven finely enough to prevent coffee sediment from polluting your mug, and you’ll never be farther than a skip and a hop from one, as long as you keep up with the laundry. Hot brewed and cold brew coffee are both easily attainable possibilities with a sock in your toolbox.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee With A Sock

Begin by collecting your materials.

  • A Vessel (a mug or small glass will work)
  • A Filter (a clean sock)
  • Coffee (ground using a plastic bag, towel, and hammer)
  • Water
  1. Take about four tablespoons of coffee beans and put them in a plastic bag. Then wrap the plastic bag in a towel of some sort and use your hammer to reduce the beans to rubble. It may take a few minutes of whacking at the beans.


  1. Nobody wants laundry detergent or cat hair flavored coffee, so give the sock a rinse before you pour the coffee into it. You may need to stretch the sock over your mug or glass to be able to pour the grounds in without a big mess.


  1. Pour six to eight ounces of cold water into your vessel. A standard small mug holds about eight ounces.. After five minutes, dump the sock in and out of the water (teabag style) to saturate all of the grounds evenly.


  1. After twelve hours of brewing time, lift the sock from the cold brew concentrate and allow the water to drain from the coffee grounds and sock threads.

Time To Drink

When the time has come, cut the cold brew concentrate with an equal part of water and add some ice. You may find that the flavors aren’t quite as rich as you’re used to. Don’t be shocked – you used a hammer and a sock to brew coffee.

cold brew coffee with a sock

Lessons Learned

There is an obvious lesson hidden within the blog: don’t forget your coffee gear.

A second lesson deserves to be noted: Lugging around a lot of coffee gear can be tiring and burdensome. A large bag of pour over brewers, kettles and scales is effective at brewing coffee, but not for traveling light.

For great cold brew coffee on the road without sacrificing portability, we at Hook Coffee suggest a couple small devices: a small manual coffee grinder and a dedicated cold brew coffee sock.

With these two tools at your disposal, along with some high quality coffee beans, you can cold brew delicious coffee anytime, anywhere.

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