In instances where you do not have a grinder and still need that fresh cup of coffee, you might want to improvise. Of course, these methods cannot make fancy coffee cups like the latte or espresso (you will need an espresso machine for that), but it will still bring out that favorite cup of coffee for you. Here are a few methods you can employ that will ensure your coffee beans are ground.
- Manual Grinding – Getting creative and grinding the coffee beans manually is one way of getting that cup of coffee that you so desire. Here are a few easy ways that you can choose to grind the espresso beans without a grinder.
- Use a mortar and Pestle – This old fashioned tool has been used to grind all sorts of things from garlic to ginger to ginger, and it has also been used in biology practical in laboratories as well. Ensure that the mortar and pestle are clean before crushing the beans in them; any flavor from other grounded foodstuffs may affect the coffee flavor at the end. The best way to crush these beans is by placing small amounts into the mortar, placing huge amounts may cause the beans to fly out and about.
- Hammer the espresso beans – Ideally, you are looking for ground coffee beans, and this includes making the espresso beans into smaller manageable sizes. This can be made possible by crushing the beans using a hammer. Place the beans in a plastic freezer bag and seal it tightly before placing it in the middle of a dishtowel. Proceed to hammer the beans to a smaller size. The results will be made of inconsistent particles, but it will still make a good cup of coffee.
- Roll the Beans – This is much similar to hammering them only in this instance, you will use a rolling pin instead of a hammer. Place the espresso beans in a plastic bag and place it between thin towels. After that, with the aid of a rolling pin, exert pressure on the beans and crush them into a fine ground. Much like the hammer method, getting a consistent fine ground is near to impossible, but the end result will still be able to give you good quality coffee.
- Hand Mincer – This was used to grind meat and might also do the trick, it is advised to thoroughly clean it to remove any smell that may affect the flavor of the coffee.
- Already ground Coffee beans- Buying already ground coffee beans straight from the grocery store. This will save a lot of time and effort, especially if you do have the time to crush the beans in a mortar and pestle. It is, however, important to get a highly recommended blend from the store. With different brands coming up in the market today, you would not like to experiment by serving a blunt blend to your guests. There are some stores that offer this service, however, and will ground the coffee beans for you. If there is a coffee grinder in a store near you, it is important to place a handful of coffee beans in the grinder first. This will clear any remnants of the previous ground and will, therefore, not affect the taste of your coffee. Do this for about ten seconds before adding the entire batch in the grinder.
- Use a blender – The blender has been proven to be a great multi-tasker when it comes to grinding food. Coffee beans are no exception, place the coffee beans in the blender and switch it on. Depending on how old your blender is and the make as well, this may prove cumbersome as the coffee beans may get stuck in between the blades. To avoid this, you can either dampen the beans before blending if you do not mind a dumping ground, or you can use a food processor instead. The food processor is bound to have sharper blades as compared to the blender. The best part about this is a simple fact that the end result will be consistent and fine.
Whichever method you choose to use, it is important that you clean the tools thoroughly before adding your coffee beans. Any prior taste may give the coffee a rancid funny taste; if you are not entirely sure about the taste, it is best to place a small amount first before grinding the coffee beans.
Like in the case of the blender, thoroughly washing the blender and first placing a small amount in it before discarding and adding the rest of the batch is advisable. However, this should also be applicable once you have gotten your fine ground, coffee can also have an overpowering taste and cleaning the blender or any other tool used to crush the beans is recommended.