How To Grind Your Coffee Beans (Even Without A Coffee Grinder)

You may have thought that a coffee grinder was the only way to grind coffee, not so. While a coffee grinder is the preferred method, and we will tell you about those. There are other ways to grind those whole coffee beans sitting on your shelf.

To learn how to grind coffee without a grinder, simply keep reading. Our guide is full of interesting information on grinding coffee beans. We also offer some tips on grinding, and what grind you need for which variety of coffee.

Why Grind Your Own Coffee?

There are two main reasons why you should grind your own coffee beans. The first is to unlock all the rich flavor and aroma coffee possess. The second is to get all the health benefits coffee beans offer.

But there are some other reasons as well:

  • You avoid contamination
  • You avoid stale coffee
  • You can defeat the enemies of coffee

Which Grinder Should You Use?

This is a good question. There are two basic types of grinding - electric and manual. Whether you use an electric coffee bean grinder or a manual is not the issue. The method you choose is. There are two types of grinders - a bade and a burr.

They are not the same and do not grind coffee beans the same. Here are some differences between the two:

They are not the same and do not grind coffee beans the same. Here are some differences between the two:

Blade Grinders

  • Inexpensive
  • Uses metal blades like a blender does
  • Ground depends on running time - the finer the ground, the longer you need to run the grinder
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    Heat transfer - heat will ruin the taste of your coffee beans
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    Good for basic coffee grinding - for example, French press or Cold brew coffee varieties.
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    Electric only

Burr Grinders

  • A little more costly
  • Electric or manual versions
  • Uses a grinding wheel & stationary surface
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    Adjustable positioning of grinding wheel
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    Two styles - the conical (best) and the wheel (second best)

The wheel burr grinders have the wheels spin quickly. While they grind well, they make a lot of noise and are probably a little messier to use.

The conical grinder has the wheels move a little slower. They make less mess and less noise. These are less likely to clog as well but hey are a little more expensive than all grinder models.

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How Can You Grind Coffee Beans without a Coffee Grinder?

If you do not own a grinder yet still want to use whole coffee beans, you have options. These options may be a little more labor intensive than a hand crank coffee grinder. But they work just as well.

  • Mortar & Pestle - this is old fashioned but with a little work, you can achieve a fine grind.
  • Use a blender - this essentially is the same as using an electric blade coffee grinder. You will get the same results with little work
  • Rolling pin - crush those coffee beans with the power of a rolling pin.
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    Hand crank meat grinder - another old-fashioned tool that will grind your coffee beans. One word of caution. You may need to run your beans through this unit several times to get the grind level you desire.
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    A hammer - You can take your frustrations out on the innocent and helpless coffee beans.
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    A knife - if you can dice and slice vegetables, you can grind whole coffee beans with a knife

These are the most common ways to grind your coffee beans without buying a coffee grinder.

What are the Best Grinds?

What you may not be aware of is that different varieties of coffee need different types of ground coffee. Coffee is not a one size fits all beverage. Here is a list of the different varieties of coffee with their grind requirements:

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    French Press, Vacuum & Cold Brew - These styles of coffee demand a very coarse coffee ground.
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    Drip, Chemex, & Pour-Over - To make these styles to perfection, you will need a medium ground
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    Espresso - It doesn’t matter how you make espresso, you will always need a fine ground for a perfect cup of espresso.
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    Turkish & Greek - To make this European style of coffee, you will need a very fine ground

For those people who use percolators, it has been suggested that a coarse ground is the best. We recommend that you experiment and see which ground tastes the best for you.

Here are Some Grinding Tips

We understand that you already know how to grind coffee. But it never hurts to read some tips, just in case something new is mentioned. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the perfect grind. A perfect grind means you get a chance at the perfect cup of coffee.

  • Avoid pre-grinding - since coffee loses its flavor and other key ingredients quickly, it is never smart to pre-grind your coffee beans. Always grind right before you brew
  • Keep the grind the same - consistency is the key to great coffee. Use our chart above to see what level of consistency you need for which variety of coffee you make.
  • Use a kitchen scale - to help with consistency, learn to measure your beans. Using the same amount each time helps. You can save money and enjoy the same great coffee every time.
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    Pick a grinder - consistency in grinding begins with the grinder you use. We prefer the burr over the blade. The burr is more consistent in its grinding than the blade.
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Some Final Words

Grinding your own coffee is the way to get a little peace of mind about what you are drinking. You know where the coffee beans have been.

It is nice to know that you can participate in the coffee bean experience. Even if you do not own a grinder. You do not need to spend a lot of money grinding your coffee.

All you have to do is pick the style of coffee you want to drink and grind away. Don’t forget to check for grinding tips. A little help ensures you achieve the perfect cup of coffee.

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