How to grind Coffee Beans without a Grinder: The Complete Guide

Freshness is ensured by grinding whole-bean coffee right before brewing, which decreases exposure to flavor-destroying oxygen and helps to prevent the coffee’s natural flavors from being dull and tasteless.

So, you’re at home, you’ve purchased a bag of coffee, and you’re looking forward to smell the delicious, fresh fragrance as the coffee brews. You reach your coffee bag, look down, and worry.Instead of instant coffee grounds, you purchased coffee beans! You would like a cup of coffee (or two) in the morning, but you want it now, and this is the only coffee you got!

What a pity…but hold on! I got you a solution, SOOO thank me later!

Fortunately, we’ve created an accurate guide on how to grind coffee beans without using a grinder. We’ll also go over the various types of coffee grinds and their most popular applications. Please remember that various methodologies will produce different coffee grounds; some will generate finer grounds, while others will produce stiffer grounds.

What Will You Need?

Without having to go out and purchase a grinder before breakfast, you can quickly recreate the texture and consistency created by one with a few basic kitchen items and a little patience. Even if it doesn’t make the perfect cup of coffee, you’ll avoid the possibility of having to just use pre-ground coffee or go to a coffee shop.

Do You Have One of These Items? Then…YOU ARE READY!

But first, Prepare the following items, don’t rush!

  • Since beans have an ability to ‘fly’, use a large butcher block, cutting board, or table area.
  • An ounce of salt (optional)
  • Big parchment paper layers or plastic Ziploc bags and be sure to squish out air so you don’t pop the bag!


You can preserve your coffee grounds in a freezer bag for up to a month if you’d like to grind a lot of coffee beans for the week forward. However, don’t leave them in the freezer for too long or you’ll get freezer damage.

  • To stop spreading, have a set of kitchen towels or paper towels on hand but its ok to make a mess for coffee, it’s worth it!
  • Patience is a key: trying to grind without a grinder is a time-consuming operation but not something serious trust me.

How to Mechanically Grind Beans

Most of us have blenders or food processors in our kitchens. Grinding coffee beans is an easy job if you provide one of these.

1. Use a Blender

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It’s easy to grind your beans to a decent consistency with a blender.

Bear in mind, though, that there is no way to make the grounds the same size. However, you’ll always have a reliable consistency.

In reality, some blenders have a “grinder” setting that is designed for use with coffee. When using a blender, though, make sure to only grind in short, fast bursts rather than constantly running the blender. Since the blades travel at high speeds and can warm the beans, the natural oils in the beans can be overheated, resulting in a harsh and acidic cup of coffee.

For a fine and coarse grind, this on-and-off grinding method delivers better results. Please ensure the blender is clean so it doesn’t pick up the smell and taste of old coffee. It’s critical that the whole grinding process would take no more than 20 seconds, maybe 30 seconds if you really want it!

Using a Blender to Grind Coffee Beans
Pick the “grinder” setting if your blender has one. If not, go with a medium-high setting
Fill the grinder with a small amount of coffee and secure the lid
Using a “pulse” strategy, grind your beans to your desired consistency in fast, simple blasts
Bend the blender from side to side when grinding for the better effect; this allows the larger amounts of the beans to shift into the blade direction, resulting in a more even grind
Clean the blender, refill the beans, and restart until the correct amount of ground coffee is reached


When grinding, please ensure the lid is on the blender because the beans have a tendency to fly out while the blender is working.

2. A Food Processor

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Food Processor

This is, like the blender, one of your better choices. Of course, this method will not be as strong as a standard coffee grinder, but it will work in a snap!

You’ll get similar results to a blender, but you’ll need more beans because the food processor’s diameter is normally broader than a blender’s.

How to Use a Processor to Grind Coffee

Fill the processor bowl with a few spoonfuls of coffee and secure the cover
Using your processor’s “pulse” mechanism to grind in quick blasts
Bend the processor from side to side when grinding for the great outcome; this allows the larger portions of the beans to travel into the blades
Clean the processor, replace the beans, and restart until the correct amount of ground coffee is achieved. It should take like 30 second, do not over do it!

Making a good cup of coffee requires the pulse technique (if not an excellent cup of coffee). Grind in small, continuous periods shaking your blender in between. Short, fast blasts of power on your machine roughly chopped grind the beans nearest to the blades, and shaking helps the bigger chunks to slip closer to the bottom blade.

Again, this isn’t ideal, but aren’t we speaking about life and death?

But Why Grind Consistency is so crucial?

A consistent grind not only ensures that the desired flavors of your coffee are extracted equally, but it also ensures that each cup you brew is as delightful as the last. An uneven grind will over-extract some grounds while under-extracting others, leaving the coffee with a powdery texture aftertaste.

If you don’t have a grinder, grinding or crushing just a few beans at a time is the easiest way to achieve a smooth grind in your coffee beans. This gives you a lot more control of how fine your grounds are, as well as a visual indicator of the quality and sharpness you like. Slow down and make sure to replicate the same gestures for a completely homogenous grind.

What If you can’t get your grounds to have a fine texture?

Try using the French Press to brew your coffee, as it is known to work easier with a coarser grind and is more accepting of errors. And, as with so many other things, practice makes perfect.

3.Use a Rolling Pin

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Rolling Pin

You may also use a rolling pin to grind your coffee. Since the grounds for French press coffee should be thicker than those used for drip coffee, this method would work better. It’s also time-consuming, but it’ll get you the answers you need in a hurry. Putting the coffee beans in a plastic bag is the best way to grind them with a rolling pin. You won’t have any stray beans this way flying around!

How do I know if my way is correct?

If done correctly, this method will produce a medium fine to fine grind, which is suitable for drip or pour-over brewing.

You Will Need

  • Rolling Pin (This can be any durable cylindrical object like a wine bottle, or wooden stick)
  • Cutting board with a lot of surface area or a lot of counter space
  • parchment paper or a plastic Ziploc bag

How to Do It

Fill the plastic bag or slice two sheets of parchment paper with a measured quantity of coffee
Roll the parchment paper’s edges over to secure them to prevent the grounds from spreading
Place the bag on the table flat
Push down on your beans with the pin like a hammer
Run the pin over the beans after they’ve been crushed, pushing down hard enough to smash the bean pieces
Roll the grounds with the pin back and forth until they hit the thickness you want
If the grounds are still too big, keep rolling and smashing

4. A Hammer

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Using a meat tenderizer, mallet, or hammer with care because they can easily smash your beans – as well as your hand or kitchen counter. You will adjust your technique when you break down the beans, crushing them down closer to a fine powder.

However, don’t hope to be able to brew espresso with these grounds due to the jerky, unstable nature of the hammer (and although you won’t be knocking the beans!). You’ll get a rough to medium grind at best.

How to Grind Beans with a Hammer

Using the rolling pin process, place the required level of beans in the container.
With the hammer, crush the beans but do not hit them as though they were nails. Instead, use the same technique as the rolling pin and slam the hammer down hard.
To achieve a fine grind, keep moving the crushed beans to one side of the bag.

5. Mortar and Pestle

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Mortar and Pestle

For decades, pharmacists and chefs have used the mortar and pestle to grind herbs, ingredients, and medicines into a powder form. To help build a smooth texture, it blends hammering and rolling motions. Furthermore, the method allows you to fine-tune a variety of grinds, from French-press coarse to Turkish-coffee fine and Arabic Coffee.

How To Do It

Add a few tiny spoonfuls of coffee to your mortar. For the best power, don’t fill it more than a quarter full. There’s always the option of grinding a second batch
Using your dominant hand to hold the wooden stick, and the other hand to keep the mortar in place
Forcefully press down and smash the coffee beans with the ladle in a twisting movement
When the coffee is smashed, roll it around the bowl with the ladle until it reaches the desired thickness and texture
If you require more coffee, remove the already ground coffee into a container (or your coffee maker) and repeat the same process until you have plenty

6. A Knife

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Be Careful!

The surface of the blade, not the tip, is the easiest way to grind your beans with a knife. The significantly wider and tighter blade of a butcher or chef’s knife tends to provide additional strength to enhance the method of crushing and smashing the beans. Be extremely careful!!! I would suggest you to wear a thick cotton glove while doing this.

Crushing beans with the surface of the blade allows for precise control and a medium to medium-fine grind. It would be simpler if you have spent more time in chef school. So, if you’re anything like us and aren’t much of a cook, try a different way!

How To Do It

Arrange the beans on a cutting board
Position your knife flat on top of the beans, being cautious not to cut the board with the sharp edge. To avoid flyaway coffee grounds, place a kitchen towel over the knife
To smash the beans, put your flat palm on top of the blade and push down strongly
If you hit the blade as if you were grinding garlic, the beans will scatter and fly away, resulting in further cleaning and the chance of losing several of them
Keep pushing down on the blade after the beans have been broken, pushing the blade slightly towards you to make the grind smoother

Last Thoughts

While there is a plethora of methods to grind coffee without using a grinder, the best choice for achieving the desired consistency and texture is to use a mortar and pestle, particularly for finer grinds like those used in espresso machines.

When shopping for a mortar and pestle, aim for one crafted of ceramic as it will be less fragile and won’t hold the bitter, dusty flavors of oxidized coffee after each use. That’s it on how to grind coffee without a grinder. Because of the high quality and affordability of fresh whole-bean coffee, grinding your beans will quickly become an essential component of your morning routine.

Just make sure to keep your grind size consistent, don’t heat up your beans if you ‘re using a blender, and use a big space if you’re using hand tools. Do you know of any other methods for grinding beans without using a grinder? What is your personal experience with these approaches? Please let us know!

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