Grinding coffee beans right before brewing is essential for the taste because the exposure to oxygen reduce the quality and taste of the coffee. Best way to grind coffee is, of course, a mechanical or burr grinder. Second place is firmly taken by manual grinders, and we have a great list of recommended products here. But in case that your grinder is not working, or you don’t have one, there are ways to accomplish that.
With the help of some kitchen tools and elbow grease, you can replicate the texture of coffee to be like it was in a grinder. Best tools for this are mortar and pestle, blender, hand grinder, hammer, and a zipper freezer bag or a rolling pin.
Grinding with Mortar and Pestle
Grinding with mortar and pestle is a combination of hammering and rolling to create a consistent texture. You can control the texture easily by your hand. With just a few steps you can get your beans ready for making your morning coffee.
You have to fill the mortar with beans and use your dominant hand to control the pestle, with your other hand you have to hold the mortar in position. After that, use the force of the dominant hand and twist the mortar until you get the density and form you want.
Best replacement for your coffee grinder is a kitchen blender. Put the number of beans that you need for your cup and start blending. The important thing about this method is to make a little series rather than blending all in one. That is because the blender is faster than a grinder and the coffee will taste better.
Hand grinder or mincer is stainless steel or a plastic machine that can cut meat and vegetables. For grinding the beans, you have to repeat the process a few times. Also, place a bowl to catch coffee grounds.
Hammer and Zipper Freezer Bag
The best type of hammer, in this case, is a meat hammer. After filling your zipper bag with beans, be sure to seal the bag correctly to avoid the popping. This method is also considered to be the most entertaining and enjoyable. Also, before pounding, place some towel around the bag, and be sure to make the right texture.
A rolling pin is capable of crushing and grinding the coffee beans at the same time. For a rolling pin, you can use any round object like a bottle, can of food or wooden dowel. Additionally, you need a large cutting board and a plastic Ziploc. You have to place the filled bag on the table and press the rolling pin to crush the beans. Roll the pin over until you get the proper texture.
Also, there are some other ways and methods to grind the coffee, like with a knife or with a frying pan. The most important thing is to get the best character and density. Medium grind is best for any type of coffee. For espresso, grind should be light, and for Turkish coffee, grind must be extra light.