How To Grind Coffee Beans Without A Grinder

Although till the day we haven’t found a better alternative to grind the beans without a grinder. Because, a grinder means it includes the best process for consistency and multi level grind settings. Basically, the grinder has thickness settings to be used with multiple coffee recipes. Overall, because of many advanced processes on a grinder you won’t probably find another way to grind the beans. But, after your early waking up, if you see the grinder isn’t working as properly as it used to be, then what should you do? Either you can find a different process to grind the beans or you can move for a while at your nearest cafe. That means you are going to spend the money to enjoy your favorite coffee and somehow you are going to miss the homemade flavor.


So, in this circumstance, it is better to follow an alternative process that at least can be useful to grind the beans. Although, the thickness after grinding wouldn’t be as great as it were after grinding by a grinder and even sometimes the flavor of the brewed coffee might not be as great as it were. But, at least you could be offered to immediately manage the ground coffee if you follow the alternative processes. So after researching we have found some processes to immediately grind the beans. You can try out these processes if you discover at early morning that your grinder doesn’t work anymore.


1)Try Your Blender

This is the best way after a grinder and if you guess that your grinder doesn’t work, you can at first try out this simple method. Although, there is a minimal chance of getting the flavor faded because of the frictions as there won’t have the ceramic burr to reduce the temperature. But the quality of the flavor can be still perfect if you can try out this method modestly. The quality blenders in recent days include a multiple pitchers for chopping, blending, grinding and multi purposes. So, if your blender has a specific pitcher for grinding, you can use it to grind. But, if you miss this out, you can still try it out by other pitchers. Usually, most of the blenders have speed settings and to reduce the friction and make the coffee rich flavored, you can try out the low speed setting.


But, put only a small amount of beans in the pitcher to hold the even thickness of the ground coffee and reduce the frictions. Once you are done, then try it out again with another small amount of coffee and continue it until you are not reaching in your goal. But, don’t forget to properly wash out the pitcher after grinding, because it would mix up the flavor with other stuffs in next time when the pitcher would be used to do other tasks.


2)Use The Food Processor

This is the second best process suggested by the But you have to be aware during grinding for better consistency and you have to use it modestly. Because, the pitcher of the food processor would come up with the aggressive type blades and you have to use the torque power wisely. So, better to start from low speed setting or use the pulse through the breaks for perfect grinding. But, the thickness wouldn’t be as great as you expect, this would be just a way to grind. Of course, don’t forget to wash out the pitcher after grinding for removing the odors.


3)Use The Simplicity Of Mortar and Pestle

This is the most ancient process when it used to chop and grind the spices and multiple stuffs related to foods. Although, it was effective on the ancient days when there wasn’t any automated process. But, it can be still as effective as it used to be and if you have this vintage tool in your kitchen, it can be still used to chop and grind multiple stuffs. So, whenever you miss the service of your grinder, you can temporarily make it as your grinder. Although, you would miss out the better thickness of the ground coffee and you can’t grind a large amount of beans by the mortar and pestle. But, the freshness of coffee would be expected. So, put the roasted coffee in the pestle and keep hitting them modestly until the beans broke down. After breaking down the beans, it’s your time to make them fine from coarse. So, roll the head of the mortar over the broken beans and around the internal space of pestle until they turn into ground coffee.


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4)Turn The Rolling Pan Into A Manual Grinder

The cylinder shaped rolling pan is a good equipment to grind the beans. You just have to strongly roll the rolling pan over the beans. But, before rolling the cylinder shaped pan over the beans you must have a freezer bag on where you will put the beans and must lock the bag after putting the beans. But make sure, the beans aren’t excessively jamming into the bag. So keep  the amount of them small and make sure every bean can easily lay over the flat surface through being positioned into the plastic bag. You must use a strong flat surface and make sure the bag is adequately locked. So in the beginning don’t be aggressive, rather use the rolling pan modestly to break down the beans. When you feel the beans are broken, it’s your time to keep rolling over and over until you feel the beans are completely ground. But till the end of the process, don’t be aggressive. Because, if you do it aggressively, instead being modest, the bag can be leaked out and it would mess over the surface.

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5)Hammer Over The Beans

One of the easiest processes. Because, the headline tells all about how easier the process really is. This time you also have to use the plastic freezer bag that would hold the beans. But don’t load the bag with the ton of beans, rather you apply a small amount of the roasted beans. So after loading the bag, use a perfect durable flat surface and lay down the bag over the surface to start pulverizing the beans. You can start hammering from a side and keep it up until the beans look ground. Although, the quality of grinding wouldn’t be expectedly fine, but you can keep hammering until the beans turn into the proper ground coffee to be allowed for brewing.


6)Grind Them By A Butcher Knife

Grinding the beans by a butcher knife is very simple, but, you must be aware when you are applying the knife. Because, your hands and fingers can be injured because of the sharp edge of the knife. Basically, the butcher knife is wider and heavier what makes the grinding process easier. So at first find a sturdy flat surface where you’ll lay the beans. After, placing the beans you have to lay the knife over the beans. Then carefully apply the pressure to crack them and when you see the beans are almost cracked, it’s your time to carefully slide the knife over and over until the beans are ground. Although, the consistency and perfection, nothing is guaranteed. But, it’s at least a way to grind the beans when you miss your grinder.

Butcher knife


7)Contact With A Coffee Shop

This is not guaranteed that the coffee shop would accept your request. But, you can ask for this little help at your nearest coffee shop. Almost every coffee shop has the grinders and you can politely ask them to grind your little amount of beans. This might not be an effective way, but you can try it out if you don’t want to suddenly apply the other processes.


So, How Effective These Processes Are

We told in the beginning you can’t find an alternative similar process instead using a grinder to grind the beans. These are just the ways when your grinder doesn’t work. So, in this circumstance if you still expect some consistency and perfection, then the blender, food processor, rolling pan and mortar and pestle are the best way to use after a grinder. But, don’t tend to frequently use these processes, rather you buy a new grinder or repair the old one.