6 Ways of Grinding Coffee Without a Coffee Grinder

Because coffee is important!

Ashley Author

Words by Ashley
Updated: A week ago

Now that you have taken the decision of buying coffee beans without realising the fact that you don’t have a coffee grinder at home, this piece of text is going to be your saviour. I know coffee beans look really appealing, and someone who is open to experimentation, will always try to grab them.

Let’s settle the problem for once and forever. Not everybody had a fancy coffee grinder in olden days, so why not get to some basics again. Let me cut it short. There are six simple ways to get ground coffee of your choice. However, not all of the listed methods will suit all types of brewing.

Some methods will give you a coarse ground, while others will give you a bit finer result.

You can use the coarse ground coffee for French press. If you have got a finely ground result, you can go with espresso.

6 Ways of Grinding Coffee Without a Coffee Grinder:

The six different methods are as follows:

  1. Blender
  2. Food Processor
  3. Mortar and pestle
  4. Rolling pin
  5. Hammer
  6. Hand mincer

1. Blender:

If you have a blender at home, you can do the job pretty well. Al you need to do is to check the user manual for using your machine for grinding coffee. If the manual allows blending of items such as ice (which most blenders do allow) then go ahead with grinding your coffee in your blender.

The trick is that you cannot heat up the machine to an extent that your coffee beans get burnt. To avoid that, pulsing the machine is the easiest way. Let’s see how to grind coffee in a blender:

How to Grind Coffee Beans in a Blender?

  1. Take a test batch first (1/4  cup will be fine to start with)
  2. Make sure your blender is absolutely moisture free before popping the beans in it.
  3. Put the beans into the blender jug and close the lid.
  4. Now start the pulse setting of your blender.
  5. If you’re doing it manually, just keep turning on and off the power button for 5 seconds.
  6. This will not harm the blades of your blender, and the grinding will be done in a matter of half a minute.

The coffee grinded in the blender may not be super fine, so you can use it for a french press ideally.

2. Food Processor:

A food processor works almost like a blender with the only difference of bigger capacity and a bigger blade. You can easily grind your coffee in a food processor by pulsating the beans in it. The only difference here from the blender is the quantity of the beans. You will have to grind more beans in a food processor because it will not work with the ¼ cup mark that you used for a blender.

How to Grind Coffee in a Food Processor?

  1. The first step is to set up a moisture-free food processing unit.
  2. Then put half a cup(at least) of the coffee beans you have in your hand.
  3. Pulsate the food processor for intervals of five seconds.
  4. With 4-5 pulses, you will have a coarse ground coffee that will solve your problem.

3. Mortar and Pestle:

Mortar and pestle have been an essential part of the vintage kitchen. If you have one today, you know how handy it is. You can literally grind anything in it without worrying about the splashes. The same goes for grinding coffee in a mortar and pestle.

How to Grind Coffee with a Mortar and Pestle?

  1. Wipe clean the mortar and pestle to avoid having any other spice mixing with your ground coffee.
  2. Depending on the size of the mortar, put the coffee beans in it (ideally fill it half).
  3. Using the pestle, slowly start breaking the beans.
  4. Keep grinding the beans with your arm power, moving it in circular motion.
  5. You can stop when you see the coffee achieves the desired grind.

With this method, you can easily get a fine ground (only on the cost of an aching arm, but I know you can ignore it for a fine cup of coffee) 

4. Rolling pin:

Rolling pin comes as the first option to grind anything in the kitchen (at least in my mind). It is a handy kitchen tool that can help you roll any kind of dough, and if you increase the pressure, it can help you grind as well.

How to Grind Coffee With a Rolling Pin?

  1. Place your coffee beans on a clean surface such as your kitchen counter or your chopping board.
  2. If you want to avoid scattering of beans, just put the beans in a ziplock bag,
  3. Place the rolling pin over the beans and apply pressure to break the beans.
  4. Once the beans get broken, roll the rolling pin on the beans to grind them.

This method will also yield a coarse ground.

5. Hammer:

Hammers are handy when you want to hit a nail, but have you ever tried breaking a nutshell with them? I am sure you must have. Now, you can use the same technique to grind the coffee beans you got last night.

How to Grind Coffee With a Hammer?

  1. Put the coffee beans in a zip lock bag.
  2. Press the hammer with force on the coffee beans to break them.
  3. Once broken, you can use controlled hammer movements to convert the beans into powder.
  4. Keep repeating the process until you get the desired grind.

Hammer will also yield coarse yield just like the rolling pin.

6. Hand Mincer:

Hand mincer is the last on this list. You can use it to crush your coffee beans without scattering them here and there, but you may need an additional method to get a finely powdered coffee such as the mortar and pestle after using this method.

How to Grind Coffee Using a Hand Mincer?

  1. Clean the hand mincer thoroughly and wipe it dry.
  2. Place the coffee beans instead of meat in it and insert the meat stuffer to hard press the beans.
  3. Start the grinding process by turning the handle.
  4. You will get a coarse powder from the blade that you can collect in a container.

This method will give you a coarse grind.

Types of Coffee Grinds:

There are ideally seven types of coffee grinds that range from extra coarse grounds to super fine grounds. You can see the picture below to understand the gradient:

The first one is the most coarse in the list and the last one is the finest. Depending on the type of coffee you want to have, you can pick any of these grinds of coffee. However, all the above listed methods will end up in between medium grounds to medium fine grounds. 

If you need pulverized (the super fine ground) you either need to have a coffee grinder at home or you can go to a store to purchase a commercially ground coffee.

Another point to keep in mind is that it is not necessary to use only one ground in your cup of coffee. You can mix and match different types to match your preferences.

Now let’s move to some of the frequently asked questions about coffee grinding:

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the right size coffee grind for espresso?

You should ideally use fine ground coffee for espresso that tastes good. However, an espresso machine also welcomes trial and error. You can test your machine for fine ground coffee (avoid coarse grounds for espresso because the pressure will ruin the taste) and super fine grounds.

Chances are that you will stick to fine ground coffee due to the rich texture it will give.

Is fine ground coffee stronger?

Not necessarily. The fine ground coffee will be bitter but depending upon the brewing technique, you can control its strength in your cup.

How can I grind my coffee if I don’t have a coffee grinder?

You can use these six methods:

  1. Blender
  2. Food Processor
  3. Mortar and pestle
  4. Rolling pin
  5. Hammer
  6. Hand mincer

Is it necessary to grind fresh coffee everyday?

It is not necessary, but freshly ground coffee will be a lot better than stale coffee, so the choice is yours.

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