How to Grind Coffee Beans Without a Grinder

How to Grind Coffee Beans Without a Grinder

Whether you're a coffee enthusiast looking for the perfect brew or an early riser in quest of your daily caffeine dose, grinding coffee beans is essential to producing an aromatic and tasty cup of coffee. But what if you don't have access to a coffee grinder?

Do not be alarmed; we have you covered. This article will examine creative and valuable methods for grinding coffee beans without a grinder. We'll help you up your coffee game without compromising taste or quality, using improvised methods and professional advice.

How to Grind Coffee Without A Coffee Grinder

Mortar and Pestle Grinding by Hand: A Classic Technique

Using a mortar and pestle is one of the most traditional and efficient ways to ground coffee beans. Even though the procedure is straightforward, some work is necessary.

  1. Put coffee beans inside the mortar.
  2. While using both hands to hold the pestle, mash in a circular motion.
  3. Keep grinding until you get the desired consistency, whether fine for espresso or coarse for French press.

Related: How to Make French Press Coffee

Using A Rolling-Pin to Grind Coffee

If you don't have a mortar and pestle, your best solution is a rolling pin. Use it like this:

  1. Place the coffee beans in a zip-lock bag.
  2. Close the bag. Leave little air but allow room for the beans to move around a little.
  3. Gently and evenly press down on the beans with the rolling pin.
  4. Continue rolling until you have the grind size you want.

Unusual Coffee Grinding Techniques

Use a Blender to Grind Coffee

This method of grinding coffee beans is quick and effective for individuals who have a blender in their kitchen:

  1. Put your coffee beans to the blender.
  2. To avoid overheating, pulse the beans briefly.
  3. After each pulse, evaluate the consistency.
  4. Stop once you've reached the desired coffee grind size.

Use a Hammer and Towel to Grind Coffee

This technique works great if you're in the mood for something rustic and have a clean kitchen towel and a hammer:

  1. Wrap the coffee beans in a kitchen towel.
  2. Set the bundle down on a solid, firm surface.
  3. Gently crush the beans with the hammer.
  4. Remove the coffee from the towel and put into your coffee brewing method of choice.

Making the Ideal Cup of Coffee, Without a Grinder

It's time to make the ideal cup of coffee now that you have successfully ground your beans without using a grinder. Use freshly ground coffee for the most incredible flavor, whether you prefer a French press, pour-over, or espresso. To discover the grind size that best matches your palate, experiment.

Related: How to Make Pour Over Coffee


Being without a grinder should never get in the way of making the ideal cup of coffee in the world of coffee. We have looked at several methods, including the conventional mortar and pestle, and creative workarounds such as using a rolling pin, blender, or hammer. Each technique can yield coffee grinds tailored to your brewing requirements.

So, remember that you can still enjoy a rich and flavorful coffee experience the next time you find yourself in the grinder-less bind. Cheers, and don't forget to buy craft coffee beans from a family business! 

Rachel Noall

Rachel Noall

Rachel Noall is one of the founders of Tiny Potato Coffee Company. She spent much of her 20's exploring Europe, and while in Rome for 6 months lived across the alley from the infamous La Casa del Caffè Tazza d'Oro. This kicked off her true love of coffee, it's history, and the routine surrounding the beverage.

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