When you’re shopping, you buy a  bag of coffee that you think is ground. You get home and realize that you purchased whole bean coffee and do not have a coffee grinder. 

Can you grind coffee beans in a blender? The answer is yes, you can.

Perhaps, you want to buy whole bean coffee occasionally at the store, but you do not want to purchase a coffee.

The blender is another way to grind coffee. One day the coffee grinder breaks, and you want to grind coffee beans using another method.

A blender or food processor will do the job.

Grinding Coffee Beans In A Blender

Before you grind coffee beans in a blender it should have a grind setting. Grind the beans in small amounts, and this will produce a medium grind or coarse grind.

Pour about 1/4 cup of beans into the blender and put on the cover. Select the grind setting and grind in a short burst of time 10 seconds or less.

Pulse it by turning it on and off, while grinding  Grind beans until you get the consistency you want.

Remove the ground coffee and put it into a container with a lid. Continue to grind the beans in small amounts, until you get the amount you want.

Store the grounds in a container with a lid in the refrigerator. This is the method to use for grinding coffee when you want to make it by the pot.

For better flavor, it is recommended by some coffee experts to only brew one cup at a time.

This can be done by keeping the beans in the refrigerator and only grinding them in a small amount for one or two cups at a time.

The blades of a blender do not produce as consistent a grind as a coffee grinder. You should grind your coffee beans 20 to 30 minutes before brewing.

Tilting the blender when grinding the beans will provide a more consistent blend.

Grinding whole beans will not damage your blender as long as you have a grind setting and grind in small amounts. Always wash the blender after grinding coffee beans.

You can buy whole bean coffee in supermarkets, coffee roasters, or health food stores. The coffee grounds in a blender are suited to drip coffee makers, French press, and percolators.

Grinding Beans In A Food Processor and Immersion Blender

When you don’t have a blender, a food processor is another way to grind whole coffee beans. It will produce a medium grind or coarser blend.

Put a few scoops of the whole beans in your food processor and put on the lid. Turn on the food processor and pulse by turning it on and off for short periods of time.

Tilt the processor while grinding from side to side. Grind coffee in small amounts and store it in plastic or glass containers in the fridge with a cover.

This is for occasional use when you go on a trip and forget your grinder, or occasionally grind whole bean coffee.

When you do not have a grinder, it is best to grind or crush the beans in small amounts. This grinding method works well for a French press, drip coffee maker, and cold press.

Scape the sides of the container with a spatula, to remove coffee grounds.

An immersion blender can be used to grind whole coffee beans in an emergency. You will need a deep hard plastic container to keep the beans from scattering on the counter.

A glass container or ceramic might chip. Some immersion blenders come with a chopper bowl to use.

Put two tablespoons or 1/4 cup into the containers and plug in the immersion blender. Grind the beans in short spurts.

Shake the bowl and continue until you have the desired grind. It is suggested you grind beans one cup of coffee at a time when using this method.

Grinding Beans In A Spice Grinder

Spice grinders can grind hard seeds, peppercorns, and even coffee beans. A spice grinder can be motorized or manual.

A rotary-style spice grinder may resemble a coffee grinder and can be used to grind coffee beans in an emergency.

The grind may not be consistent or as fine a grind as a coffee grinder. It works in an emergency.

The coarse grind will work well in drip coffee makers or a French Press. Some manufacturers sell electric coffee and spice grinders.

These grinders are designed to grind both coffee beans and spices. They should be washed and cleaned with each use.

Some drip coffee makers come with coffee and spice grinders included. An electric spice grinder is easier to use than a manual one.

Coffee Grinders

Coffee connoisseurs that like to drink whole bean coffee should invest in a coffee grinder. Most coffee grinders grind whole beans consistently and are not very expensive.

They can range from $20 dollar to $50 depending on what you are looking for. The less expensive models have an electric blade grinder and plug into the wall.

They grind coffee beans and are durable and last a long time. Most hold enough grounds for a full pot and can be washed in the dishwasher.

Some coffee grinders have removable grinding chambers that can be easily cleaned. A small grinder can grind up to 12 cups at a time.

There are reasonably priced manual coffee grinders that are suited to grind beans for one or two people.

They must be turned by hand manually and have adjustable settings. Grinding beans by hand are quieter than running an electric coffee grinder.

Consumers that want to grind coffee beans at home regularly will find a coffee grinder is an inexpensive investment.

Grinding coffee beans in a blender is a good method to use when you want to grind whole beans on occasion.

It is a good choice when your grinder breaks down, or you want occasionally to grind beans at home. Overall there are many ways to grind coffee other than using a coffee grinder.

We have presented you with some of these alternatives.

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