Many people start the day with a cup of coffee in the morning. The best way to make fresh coffee is to grind the beans just before preparation - often using a grinder. However, if the equipment breaks down or you don't have access to it, there are still techniques that can make the job easier.
Method 1 of 3: Mechanically Grinding the Grains
Step 1. Blend the beans in a blender
Take about ¼ of the beans and put them in the equipment at low power. Then cover it and beat the coffee at two second intervals for about ten seconds. Then add more ¼ and repeat the process until you get the correct amount and consistency. This should take a minute.
- When you finish blending the beans, rinse the blender thoroughly to remove the coffee smell.
- The blender is the ideal equipment for grinding coffee, but it doesn't leave the beans with a consistent grind (they get different sizes and thicknesses).
- Beat the beans at short intervals so the blender blades don't heat up and cook them.
Step 2. Use a food processor
Separate the ideal amount of grains and transfer them to the equipment. Beat them at five second intervals for 10-20 seconds. See if the grinding is consistent and keep repeating the process until you get a good result.
- When finished, disassemble and wash the processor to remove the coffee smell.
- Like the blender, the processor leaves the beans large and inconsistent in grinding - but still acceptable.
Step 3. Use a mixer
Put the beans in the equipment container. Then cover the lid with your hand to prevent them from flying out. Beat everything for 20-30 seconds, stopping every ten seconds to see progress.
When finished, wash and rinse the mixer and container to remove the smell and coffee oils
Method 2 of 3: Manually Grinding the Grains
Step 1. Use a pestle and mortar
Put 5-10 g of beans in the mortar. Cover it with one hand so the grains don't pop out. With the other, rotate the pestle inside the container to crush everything. After five seconds, tap it vertically to crush the coffee.
- Repeat these movements until the beans have the desired consistency.
- Grind small amounts of grain each time with this method. That way they will be more consistent.
- The pestle and mortar can make the coffee thicker or very fine.
Step 2. Break the husk of the beans
Place them on a large cutting board. Then put a sharp knife blade against them. Place the palm of your hand against the blunt part of the blade and use force to crack the coffee. Then move the knife in your direction carefully. Keep repeating the movement to make the grains finer.
With this method, the beans will be more or less fine
Step 3. Grind the beans with a rolling pin
Separate the optimal amount of beans and transfer them to a thick airtight bag. Close it and place it on a straight surface. Then spread the beans so that they are in one layer. With a little force, roll the rolling pin over the surface. After breaking the shell, add more strength and repeat the movement until you get the expected result.
- You can also place the beans between two sheets of parchment paper if you don't have an airtight bag.
- With this method, the beans will be more or less fine.
Step 4. Grind the beans with a hammer
Put them between two sheets of parchment paper or in an airtight bag. Then place everything on a towel or flat surface, spreading the coffee in an even layer. Make consistent, moderate-strength moves to crush everything. Continue until you reach medium consistency.
You can also exchange the normal hammer for a meat hammer
Step 5. Use a manual grinder
This equipment is used to grind meat, make pasta or process other products such as coffee beans. Separate the beans and put them in the container. Turn grinder lever clockwise to process. If you want a finer result, add the beans and pass them in the machine again.
Method 3 of 3: Choosing the Right Method
Step 1. Make the beans thicker to make coffee in French press mode
For each method of preparation, you will need grains of different consistencies. For the French press, they have to be the size of bread crumbs. Use a blender or food processor to make coffee:
- In the French press.
- Ice cream (cold brew).
- In a siphon (or vacuum) coffee maker.
Step 2. Leave the beans at a medium thickness so that you can prepare the coffee in different ways
In this method, they have to be the size of granulated sugar grains. The option is ideal for preparing in the electric coffee maker, but not for espresso or Turkish coffee.
To make the grains medium thick, you can use the knife and hammer or rolling pin method
Step 3. Make the beans finer for making espresso
Professional, homemade and similar espresso machines work with fine grains, which are the same size as table salt.
Without a grinder, you can make the grains fine with the mortar and pestle method or the rolling pin
Step 4. Make the beans very fine for making Turkish coffee
In this method, they have the consistency of very fine grains of sugar - ideal for making Turkish or Greek coffee. Use the mortar and pestle technique.
- Store coffee beans in an airtight container and in a cool, dark place - away from heat, air, extreme cold and moisture.
- When it's time to buy a new grinder, buy something conical in shape.
- Generally, stores that sell coffee beans also make the grinders available for those who do not have the equipment at home.