Today we will talk about how to grind coffee beans. If you wonder whether you need a grinder to grind coffee beans or not, then the answer is no.
You can grind coffee beans almost as well without a grinder as with a grinder. Whether you use a grinder or not, you will surely need some know-how in order to get that perfect ground of coffee, and Thankfully, we are here to provide you that information.
Types of Grinder
First of all, let’s know about grinders. There are two types of grinders out there. These are:
- Blade Grinder
- Burr Grinder
Each of these grinders has its own merits, and each one is appropriate for a different type of ground. Now, let’s see how to use them.
Process of Grinding Coffee Beans with A Blade Grinder
So, how to grind coffee beans with a blade grinder? As the name suggests, the blade grinder uses a blade, which acts as a propeller, to grind coffee. The coffee beans are put in the reservoir, which typically has a plastic lid. Then with the push of a button, the blade begins grinding the beans.
I’m sure by now you have already understood how a blade grinder works. It essentially uses a blade to repeatedly smash beans making ground. So the whole thing works fine by itself. But knowing a little more secrets can help you get even better grounds.
Firstly, when you put the coffee beans in the container and press the button to start grinding it, make sure that you also shake the whole thing. This will ensure the evenness of the ground.
You need to hold down a button to start grinding. Press down the button for a few seconds, then let it go and shake the container. That’s the idea. Repeat this procedure until you are satisfied with the ground.
You may have a mixture of coarse and fine grounds. To remove the bigger ones, just use a sieve to sift them out. After that, you can grind the big pieces again. This way, you can attain the regularity of the grounds. And you are ready to brew!
Process of Grinding Coffee Beans with A Burr Grinder
Burr grinders are considered better than blade grinders and thus are more costly. But they are not expensive for nothing. By spending a few more bucks, you are getting a machine that is more adaptable and precise.
In a burr grinder, the coffee beans are placed inside the reservoir and they get in between two disks, which spin and perfectly grind the coffee to your choice. It might take some time to get a grip on the settings, but once you have got the hang of it, it’s a no-brainer.
You don’t have to worry much, the machine will do the rest. And here you go, your beans are turned into regular grounds of your wish, and you have learned how to grind coffee beans with a burr grinder. Congratulations!!
Which Grinder Is Better?
If your budget is low, then you can go for a blade grinder. But you need to remember that it has two cons. First, it makes a lot of noise as it works similar to a blender, and second, coffee beans turn out to be uneven in size.
If you can afford a bit more, then go for a burr grinder. It’ll save you a lot of hassle, provide you with even grounds and make a minimal sound. Simply put, the burr grinder is designed for the job.
How to Grind Coffee Beans Without A Grinder
Don’t want to use a grinder? No worries! I have solutions for you. Let’s see..
Using a Blender
A blender works similar to a blade grinder. You already know how to grind coffee beans with a blade grinder. Therefore, you’ll not find it hard to do it with a blender either.
You’ll find a grind setting in some blenders, but if your blender doesn’t have it, not to worry, you can use it the way it is.
Firstly, you’ll need to select the appropriate amount of beans. It depends on how much coffee you want. Then you’ll need to put them inside the blender and press the button to start the grinding process.
Don’t hold the button for very long; press it for a few seconds only. Keep on doing this until the beans are smashed. You can also shake the blender in intervals or tilt it a bit to acquire more evenness in the ground.
Using A Food Processor
Grinding coffee with the help of a food processor is similar to doing the job with a blender. The only difference is, generally, the inside area of a food processor is larger than that of a blender’s.
Just be careful while using a blender or a food processor because if they generate too much heat, then the beans might turn out to be somewhat cooked. You don’t want that before you actually make your perfect cup of coffee.
Using a Hammer
It might sound funny, but you can actually grind coffee beans with a hammer!
The method is pretty simple. You might have already guessed it. All you need to do is to hit the beans, and voila! You have your ground.
But be careful. Do not hit the beans too hard. Before hitting the beans, keep them inside a bag. It’s better if you can remove all the air from the bag. That will prevent the bag from popping.
Gently hit and rub the beans with the hammer or any other similar object and carry on until you get what you want.
Using a Rolling Pin
You can smash the beans with a rolling pin as well. Similar to the process of grinding with a hammer put the beans inside a plastic bag and remove all the air.
You can also add a hammer to the whole process. You can hit the beans with a hammer to get you started and then use the rolling pin for further smashing. This way, you can get good grounds. But you do need to exert force for which you’ll need patience.
Using Mortar and Pestle
Keep the beans in the mortar, hold the pestle with your dominant hand, and keep striking. After a while, you’ll get big pieces of ground. To grind them even more finely, move the pestle in a circling motion. Finish when you are satisfied.
Categorization of Grinds
It’s time to talk about the types of grinds so that you know what you are doing.
- Coarse Grind
This has the biggest pieces of grounds. You can get a coarse grind from almost all of the aforementioned methods. However, these grounds are typically used for the percolator, cold brew method, and French press.
- Medium Grind
This type can be used for a variety of brewing methods except for Turkish and espresso. Rolling pin and hammer, that’s enough for achieving this grind.
- Fine Grind
This is appropriate for espresso. As the name suggests, the grounds of this type are quite fine but not enough to be similar to flours and powders. Using a pestle and mortar can give you fine grinds if you don’t have a grinder that is designed to offer fine grounds.
- Super Fine or Pulverized Grind
This is a very fine grind, feels like flours and powders. It’s perfect for a cup of Turkish coffee. Use a grinder to get it, or if you want, you can use a mortar and a pestle too.
I hope this article has been very helpful for all the coffee lovers out there. I believe that by now you have got a theoretical understanding of how to grind coffee beans perfectly.
What are you waiting for then? Stand up, get some coffee (beans or ground), brew it, and enjoy a pleasant cup.