How to grind coffee beans at home without a grinder

How to grind coffee beans at home without a grinder

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How to grind coffee beans without a grinder: Grinding coffee beans before brewing ensures freshness, reduces exposure to flavor-destroying oxygen, and helps protect the natural flavors of coffee from becoming bland and stale. But what if you don’t have a coffee grinder? How can you grind fresh beans every morning to make that essential cup to start your day?

With a few simple kitchen tools, you can easily reproduce the texture and consistency produced by a grinder without having to run out and buy one before breakfast. So that you can enjoy the organoleptic qualities of this famous beverage, follow our tips for grinding coffee

Grind coffee beans: #1 Use a pestle and mortar

Measure 1 to 2 tablespoons of coffee and pour it into a mortar. Cover the top with one hand to prevent the beans from coming out. On the other hand, move the pestle up and down to crush the beans. After five seconds, take the pestle out and drop it vertically to crush the beans.

  • Repeat these steps until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Grind only small amounts of coffee with the mortar and pestle. This will help you to obtain a regular bean.
  • This method allows you to obtain a bean from a coarse to a very fine size.

#2 Break the grains

Grinding Coffee

 Place the grains on a large wooden board. Take a large kitchen knife and lay the blade flat on the grains. Press the open palm on top of the blade and break the coffee. Once they are broken, gently slide the knife towards you. Continue to press it to obtain a finer bean.

By following this method, you will obtain a medium or medium-fine bean.

#3 Mold them with a rolling pin

How to grind coffee beans without a grinder

Take a measure of coffee and pour it into a resealable freezer bag. Seal it and place it on a flat surface. Shake the beans to arrange them in a single layer. Gently tap the rolling pin on it like a hammer to break the beans. Once broken, roll it over the pieces to get the fineness of grain you want 


You can also put them between two sheets of parchment paper if you don’t have a freezer bag at home.

The rolling pin will help you get a medium or fine grain.

#4 Crush them with a hammer

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Place the grains between two pieces of baking paper or in a resealable freezer bag. Place the bag on a napkin on a flat surface and spread the beans well so that they are in a single layer. Hit the beans with the hammer, not too hard, but enough to break them. Continue hammering them down to a coarse to medium grain.


You can follow this method with a nail hammer, a meat tenderizing hammer, or a mallet 

#5 Use a chopper


 A hand grinder is a device you can use to chop meat, prepare pasta or grind anything, including coffee. Measure the desired amount of beans and pour them into the chopper. Turn the crank by hand clockwise to grind them. To obtain a finer bean, collect the beans and put them back into the grinder again.


Changing the way you grind your coffee is the only effective way to make better quality coffee. There are several factors that come into play when making coffee: the type of water used, the type of machine (conventional coffee maker, piston coffee maker, etc.), and the type of coffee, of course. But to really understand why grinding coffee is so important, it’s useful to recall the very process of making coffee: Extracting and transferring the aromas from the coffee beans to your cup.



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How to grind grain?

To obtain your chopping with a hand mincer, measure the quantity of grain you want to grind. Turn the crank while slowly pouring the grains into the chopper. You can sift your grinds and put the large pieces back into the grinder several times, if necessary

How do I find the right coffee grind?

The medium/coarse grind, comparable to crystal sugar, is made for Chemex, Piston coffee makers as well. – The coarse or thick grind, similar to coarse salt, is suitable for piston coffee makers such as the Espro Press, or even for cold coffee brewed with a Hario bottle for example.

How to grind flax seeds without a mill?

This can be quite handy if you need a small, fairly precise amount of powder. Mortar or pestle: You end up with the least efficient, longest, and most tiring method! Pour the seeds into the mortar and grind them with the pestle by pressing, tapping, and rubbing.

How to make a good coffee with an espresso machine?

These figures are given as an indication to frame the realization of an espresso coffee: It is necessary to pass about 40 ml of water at a temperature between 85 and 90°C with a pressure of 10 bars minimum through 7 to 8g of very finely ground coffee.

What is the ideal amount of coffee to make an espresso?

We will stop at this parameter: 7 grams of coffee for one cup. It is important to underline that this is the minimum… To correctly dose your espresso and set your parameters in an optimal way, respect this weight with an extraction time between 20/30 seconds for 3 to 6cl of espresso.

How to make a good espresso?

How to make a good espresso?
Once you have your equipment and your beans, it’s time to make espresso! Heat your water to between 92-94°c just before boiling. Grind your beans until you get a fine consistency. Put a filter in the filter holder and rinse it with hot water.

What is the best espresso coffee?

100% clear or medium roasted Arabica coffees will be more suitable for long coffees, extracted at low pressure but will be much too acidic for a ristretto. For an intense and strong espresso, choose Italian blends with high roasts.

Main brands of pod/capsule coffee machines

The best known and appreciated brands for pod machines are Senseo, and nomadic coffee makers such as Handpresso, Minipresso. As for capsule machines, there are Nescafé, Nespresso, Dolce Gusto or Tassimo.

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