If you want the freshest coffee experience, you need to learn how to grind coffee beans. There are a few ways to grind coffee without a grinder that we’ll cover today. While this may sound complicated, doing so ensures 3 things:
The best part? It’s really not that complicated!
If you don’t have a coffee grinder, don’t worry. In this guide, we’ll cover 5 simple ways to grind coffee beans without a grinder. We’ve included the materials and steps necessary for each one.
This method has been used by cooks for centuries to grind spices and herbs into a fine powder. Using the hammering and rolling motion, you’ll create the texture and grind you want (from French press coarse to Turkish coffee fine).
If you don’t have a coffee grinder, a blender makes for a nice replacement (even though it’ll never be as effective as a burr grinder!). However, when you don’t have a grinder, your blender will do the trick!
Pro Tip: Always, always, always leave the lid on while grinding coffee beans. Beans have a tendency to fly out while the blender is running.
We can’t forget to mention the classic rolling pin method. These kitchen tools are able to crush and grind beans all at the same time. The best part is you probably already have all the tools necessary for this technique (a little table grease, a rolling pin, a large cutting board, and a plastic Ziploc bag).
This is a very easy and effective way to crush your beans. Because you are using a hammer, use with caution. For this method, you will need a hammer (or mallet), a plastic Ziploc bag, and a large cutting board.
We only recommend this method if it’s your absolute last choice. It’s a bit harder than the previous ones and because you are using a knife, a little more dangerous. For this technique, you will need a large butcher knife and a wide cutting board.
Now you know how to grind coffee beans without a grinder! As you can see, you have several options – some being more convenient than others. Our preferred method is the mortar and pestle one. This technique will allow for a finer grind that resembles those used in espresso machines!
If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, any of the other methods will do. Just be sure to proceed with caution, especially when using the hammer or knife technique.
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