Grinding Coffee Beans Without a Grinder

March 20 , 2021 by: Kim Walker

The other morning, my coffee grinder broke which resulted in me having to grind my beans without one. I was stuck for ideas and decided to do some research, after browsing web page after web page I realized that there isn’t a solid solution to this that requires simple household items. But there can be and that’s why I decided to create this list to give people a unique and easily accessible way to grind coffee beans without a grinder.

These ways are:

Each individual grinding technique includes a different process. Below we go into more details about what these techniques are and how to start grinding your coffee beans without a grinder today.


Most people have access to a blender in their kitchen. Using a blender is probably the closest kitchen equipment you’ll find that is similar to a coffee grinder, just on a larger scale. As with most of the methods mentioned in this article, it’ll be hard to get consistency throughout each bean. If you’re lucky, some blenders already have a “grind” or “pulse” setting.

How to grind coffee beans with a blender

  1. First, you need to add your coffee beans to the blender. It’s recommended to use a 1/4 or 1/2 a cup of beans.
  2. Once added, close your lid and select the blender speed. As said above, if you have a “grind” or “pulse” button use this. If not select a “medium” or “high” setting.
  3. You need to grind your coffee beans in intervals. Grind your beans for 5 seconds at a time for a maximum of 30 seconds. (6 blends of 5 seconds)
  4. If needed, tilt your blender slightly from side to side while grinding in intervals to increase consistency.
  5. Empty the beans from the blender and repeat the process until you have the right amount of coffee.

2. Garlic Press

As you can imagine, a garlic press is a perfect tool to finely grind your coffee beans. It works similarly to a hand grinder, but instead of the blades rotating and the fine beans falling through a filter. It’ll be crushed down through the mesh part of the garlic press which is normally pretty minuscule, passing it through a few times will ensure you’ll get a fine finish. A big downside to this is that garlic presses are normally quite small, and you’ll be required to repeatedly do this process.

How to grind coffee beans with a garlic press

  1. Firstly, make sure you have a bowl or plate that your crushed coffee beans can fall onto after using the garlic press.
  2. When you have your equipment ready, place a small number of coffee beans into the garlic press.
  3. You can now pursue to crush your coffee beans with the press.
  4. Continuously repeat this process three to four times for good results.

3.Rolling Pin

Most kitchenware that can be used to crush anything can be used to “grind” or in this case, crush your coffee beans into a finer powder. This method typically works best for coffees that require the beans to be coarser, such as French coffee.

How to grind coffee beans with a rolling pin

  1. Get your equipment ready, you’ll need a plastic transparent bag and a rolling pin.
  2. Place your coffee beans in your plastic bag and place them on a solid surface (make sure the bag doesn’t have any air inside it).
  3. You can now start the crushing process, firmly roll the rolling pin over the bag of coffee.
  4. Roll continuously until your happy with the consistency of your coffee beans.

Personally, using a rolling pin is my favorite way to getting the texture of coffee I want. You can apply a specific amount of pressure to get the consistency that you desire and it’s easily controllable.

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4.Mortar and Pestle

If you can’t already see, there’s an ongoing theme within grinding your coffee beans without a grinder. A lot of the time, rather than grinding you’ll be physically crushing the beans into your desired density. This is where a mortar and pestle comes in hand, a mortar and pestle is normally used to grind or mix fine pastes and powder and can work perfectly for grinding your coffee beans.

How to grind coffee beans with a mortar and pestle

  1. First, you want to fill your mortar with a small amount of coffee beans. It’s recommended that you fill your mortar about 1/4 of the way and for larger mortars 1/3.
  2. You can now start grinding your coffee with the pestle.
  3. Firmly apply pressure and mix the coffee beans in a circular rotation. Be sure to change the direction of mixing between clockwise and anticlockwise.
  4. Repeat this process until you have your desire amount of ground coffee.

5.Food Processer

A food processer works in a similar way to a blender but is typically used to blend/cop larger vegetables than a blender can do. The only big downside to using a food processer is that your coffee beans will come out rather coarse. If you’re not going for this type of texture, I recommend you finish the grinding process with another kitchen object suggest above.

How to grind coffee beans with a food processer

  1. The main benefit of using a food processer is that you can grind large amounts of coffee at once. Place at least a cup worth of coffee beans into your food processer.
  2. Once you’ve done this, you need to select an appropriate setting to start grinding. Use one of these options, pulse, blend, medium, medium-high.
  3. When mixing, mix in intervals of 5 seconds and repeat the process until you get your chosen consistency.
  4. As mentioned above, if you are not happy with the texture that a food processer provides. Use another kitchen item afterwards which I’ve suggested above. Like a mortar and pestle.



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