We’ll be upfront about this: we hope you don’t grind coffee beans at home! After all, Ubean Coffee doesn’t sell beans, just delicious organic, fair trade, ground coffee, and if you grind beans, it means you’re not drinking Ubean.
Still, we love coffee as much as you do and we want to provide great information to you here on our blog, so take a look below as we offer up tips on how to grind coffee beans at home –even without a grinder.
First, the question: should you grind coffee beans at home?
Ignoring the fact that we hope you’ll buy ground coffee, let’s look at the pros and cons:
- Grinding beans yourself means you’ll wind up with the most flavorful coffee.
- You’ll end up with more of that great coffee aroma (ground coffee loses about 60 percent of its wonderful smell just 15 minutes after grinding).
- Grinding coffee beans takes time. Ground coffee is extremely convenient, especially on a hurried morning heading out the door to work.
- Grinding can be complicated. While we are going to offer some tips on how to grind beans at home without a grinder (see below), beans come out best when ground with a grinder. And, in fact, the type of grinder matters. You’ll need to decide if a blade, burr or manual grinder is best for the type of grounds you prefer.
But let’s say you’ve decided to grind coffee at home but you don’t have – or don’t want to purchase – a grinder. There’s still hope. Take a look at five ways you can grind beans at home without a grinder.
- Get a mortar and pestle and mash away at the beans. Start with a few and add more as you go. This grinding method may take a while, though, because the only energy source you’re using to grind/mash the beans is your own.
- Use a blender. Place about a cup of beans in the blender, set it on pulse and grind away.
- Hammer them. Put the beans in a plastic freezer bag and place the bag between two towels. Get a hammer or meat mallet and start flailing away. Like the mortar and pestle, you’re only using your own energy, so be patient. The resulting grounds also may be coarse and uneven in size. Still, you’ll be able to brew them.
- Use a rolling pin. Place the beans in the freezer bag, place the bag between the towels and roll the rolling pin on top of them until they beans reach the coarseness/fineness you prefer.
- To heck with grinding them yourself! Buy ground coffee! Specifically, buy Ubean Coffee! Ubean is a premium specialty coffee, one we’re certain you’ll enjoy. Click the link above to find the independent Ubean Coffee distributor nearest you.