Home > guides > Best Ways to Grind Coffee Without a Grinder

Best Ways to Grind Coffee Without a Grinder

So you are at home, you just bought a bag of coffee, and you simply can not wait to smell the lovely, crisp scent wafting through your home as the beans are brewed. You open your coffee bag, glance down….and horror. You purchased coffee beans instead of coffee grounds! Oh my goodness! You need a cup of coffee in the morning, and you need it immediately, and that is the only coffee you have! How can you make coffee without a grinder for the beans?!

Fortunately, we have written comprehensive instructions on how to grind coffee beans without a grinder. We will further go through the various sorts of coffee grinds and how they are most often used. Bear in mind that different procedures will generate varied outcomes; some will provide finer coffee grounds, while others will produce coarser grounds.

Grinding coffee without a grinder is not as complicated as it sounds. You can grind coffee with pretty much any hard surface, but I would recommend doing it with:

Individual Guides & Recommended Methods

So, there are a lot of different ways for you to make coffee without a grinder. Each of these has its own characteristics and in order to help you figure out how they work, we decided to do individual guides that precisely describe the whole process.

If you are a true coffee lover you should definitely know that there are several methods of grinding coffee with no grinder including a rolling pin, a blender, a mortar, and pestle, pressing down a kettle, and a rock. Let’s go through each of these methods briefly down below.

Rolling Pin

The essential thing about the rolling pin is that you should just take your beans, about a handful. First, beat them up a bit to open them up and create smaller granules. Then just start flattening them by rolling the pin as many times as you want. The finer you want your grind to be, the more rolls it will require.

Besides, this approach works best for French press coffee because the grounds should be coarser than those used for drip coffee. It also is time-consuming, but this will deliver you the results you need from a rush. Putting your ground coffee in a plastic bag is the simplest method to grind them with a rolling pin. You will not have stray beans floating around your home when you grind them down this manner.

Here is the instruction for ​​hand grinding coffee beans using Rolling Pin:

  1. Place the required amount of coffee beans in a Ziploc bag – make sure to squeeze out any air so the bag doesn’t pop.
  2. Smash the bean with a rolling pin
  3. Run the rolling pin over the coffee bag firmly, providing pressure to the grounds inside the bag. Bring the leftovers to the center and repeat.
  4. Grind until the required consistency is reached.
  5. Continue the cycle as many times as needed

A Blender

Another technique includes grinding coffee with a hand blender. Place a handful of beans into your blender. First, pulse it a few times (2-3 times) to break them down a bit, and then put the blender on the highest setting. The time required to blend them depends on the type of grind you want. If you want it to be coarse, then a few seconds should be enough. A medium-coarse grind would require about half a minute, and for a fine grind it would take about a minute.

A blender is just a rotating blade powered by a motor. Although these blades come in a variety of forms and sizes, it makes little difference when it comes to coffee.

If you wish to utilize this approach, start by putting a tiny amount of beans (about 1/4 cup) into the blender. Process the beans at moderate speed to get the desired grind. Blending produces a coarser grind, which is ideal for brewing with a drip coffee machine, French press, or cold-brew coffee machine.

A Mortar and Pestle

Another method we are going to discuss includes a mortar and pestle. There is nothing too complicated about this. Once you have roasted your beans (if they need to be roasted), just drop a handful in your mortar and start crushing them with the pestle. Once you have crushed them to a point where a single bean has exploded into many smaller pieces you can start to grind them into a powder-like consistency, or just grind them down a little more, depending on what type of grind you want. The best way to do a finer grind is to crush them down to as smaller pieces as possible and then just swirl the pestle across the edges of the mortar.

Mortar and pestle grinding will be laborious and time-consuming. You will want to utilize only 13% of the capacity of your mortar to prevent overflowing and the bean from jumping out. This technique also produces fewer grinds than the rolling pin method, so make extra if necessary.

Pressing Down a Kettle

Another technique that should be also mentioned while talking about grinding coffee by hand is pressing down a kettle. If you have a nice flat-bottom kettle or pot at home, you can also use that for grinding your coffee. It is a really good option because you get better leverage for pressing down on the coffee and using the majority of your body weight to crush the beans.

Then you can crush smaller batches of these beans and grind them down to a really fine consistency. The disadvantage of using this method while grinding coffee by hand is the fact that it is more time-consuming and requires some physical effort in order to do it properly.

A Rock

The cheapest way to hand-grinding coffee at home is using a regular rock. Go outside and get a big rock from the street. Take your coffee beans and either put them in a plastic zip bag or plastic wrap (make sure there is not too much air in the seal). Then just start whacking the beans.

The plastic helps keep all of the beans together without them flying off somewhere. Without it, you may hit the beans in a way that just throws them all over the room. A coarse grind would require maybe 5-10 whacks, a medium-coarse would require about 10-15, and a fine grind would take more than 20. All of this depends on how hard you hit it of course.

As you might have already guessed, this method also requires physical effort as well as some time to get good results.

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Use AeroPress

Can you regrind ground coffee?

Is it better to use a grinder for grinding coffee?

Is grinding without a grinder dangerous?

Other posts

Coffee is a popular drink around the world, consumed by millions of people on a daily basis. You have probably heard that drinking it frequently might be beneficial, but in some cases can bring disadvantages as well. For instance, a lot of people avoid drinking a cup of coffee before going to bed as it […]

Coffee is everyone’s favorite energy drink. There are many types of it – when you enter a cafe, you could order a latte, cappuccino, espresso, americano, Turkish coffee, and many more. Some like black coffee – bitter and strong, while others like to drink coffee with milk, sugar, caramel, chocolate, or other sweeteners. It’s no […]

Coffee is the best energy drink, it can be consumed as a hot beverage or you can drink iced coffee on the hot days of summer. According to your taste, you may consume coffee with milk, chocolate, caramel, sugar, or none of these things. There are coffee-flavored sweets and coffee-flavored cakes. But can you eat […]