How to grind coffee beans without a grinder

2015-11-17 06:00

NOTHING smells quite as good as the aroma of fresh-ground coffee. Even some people who don’t like coffee, love that scent. When your grinder fails you, and you need your coffee fix, fear not—there are plenty of ways to break the bean to bits.

1. Do it manually. Use a mortar and pestle. The best way to do it is to start with just a few beans at a time, otherwise they’re liable to go flying across the room. You may have trouble at first—those beans will want to leap from the mortar with every pound of your pestle, but practice makes perfect!

2. Hammer your beans. The basic idea is to reduce your coffee beans to a coarse or fine powder. The easiest way to accomplish that is to use something well-suited for the job: a hammer!

Put your favorite beans in a high-quality plastic freezer bag, or between sheets of parchment paper, put that package between towels. Using a meat-tenderizing mallet or even a simple hammer, crush the coffee beans with short, even strokes. Unless you have a remarkably steady hand, the crushed grounds will not be of consistent size. They may not result in the finest cuppa joe you’ve ever made, but you can still use them and they’ll be fine.

3. Roll your beans. Using a rolling pin is similar to using a hammer. Use a heavy ziploc bag or parchment paper and thin towels, and roll the pin over the bag using enough pressure to crush the beans. Roll until you reach the desired “grind.” If you don’t have a rolling pin, a sturdy bottle or can of food can do the trick.

4. Use a blender. A blender is a fabulous multi-tasker, and makes short work of coffee beans, too. - Supplied

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