For coffee addicts, the only thing standing between them and a perfect brew is the lack of grounded coffee beans. Naturally, you have a coffee grinder to take over this wonderful job for you. Except on days that you need it, and it breaks down first thing in the morning.
Nothing screams bad omen like the wheezing sound of a broken grinder and the lack of the aroma of coffee. The instant coffee from your local cafe near you doesn’t have the same flavor or the caffeine content to keep you awake. Fear not, for you can still turn your day around. For we have come up with 7 tips on how to grind coffee beans the easy way.
1. Mortar And Pestle
Why depend on unreliable machines when you can grind coffee in the old school way? Traced back to Ancient Egypt, Mortar and Pestle used to be the prized possession of chefs and pharmacists for grinding herbs and spices into a fine powder. If you don’t already have one in your kitchen, you can always find one from a local store.
You have to alternate between hammering and rolling the pestle over the beans to create a fine texture. The method allows you to control the grind so you can get the coarse you prefer.
Fill about a quarter of the mortar with coffee beans. Grab the mortar with one hand and the pestle with the other. Press down on the beans in a circular motion. Once crushed, keep on rolling the pestle inside the bowl until you are satisfied with the consistency and texture.
The consumer demands have led to an advanced blender with a ‘grinder’ setting. Regardless, the lack of the setting or a proper grinder, the mixer itself is good enough hack for the job.
If your blender comes with the grinder setting, set it on. Grind the coffee in short bursts instead of leaving it on. Otherwise, the beans might overheat and produce a bitter, stale taste.
If you have a regular blender, set it on medium-high. Fill it with an adequate amount of coffee and cover it with the lid. Grind the beans into a texture you prefer by turning it on and off in small intervals. To be sure the ground is even, tilt the grinder from time to time. The large left out beans will fall on the path of the blender blades.
3. Rolling Pin
If you can get the method of crushing and grinding with a rolling pin down, you will get a medium-fine or fine grind. Take out a plastic bag or parchment paper. Lay it flat against the counter and pour a small portion of the coffee.
First, wield the pin like a hammer to crush down the beans. Roll the pin back and forth over the beans to reach a certain level of consistency and texture.
You won’t get the esteemed espresso you want with a hammer. You will be able to procure a coarse to medium grind for yourself in the morning.
Again, take out a plastic bag and pour coffee in it. Press the hammer down from one side of the bag and roll it over to the other side to get a consistent grind. Do not commit the mistake of hitting the beans because you have a hammer! You will only be meting out damage to the counter and the beans.
Place coffee on a cutting board and then place your knife flat over it. Press the sharp side of the blade on the board. Place your hands on the flat side of the blade and roll the blade over the beans to crush it. Pull the knife back towards you and repeat this method until you have a medium or medium-fine grind.
6. Food Processor
Pour the smallest amount of coffee onto the processor bowl and close the lid. Use the technique for the blender. If the coffee amount isn’t enough, empty the container and pour new beans before repeating the same process.
It takes longer than necessary with a nutcracker but when you’re short of a grinder, the tedious way it is. You can’t control the texture grounds as much as you would like with a nutcracker. It is good enough to get you a french press.
There, if it’s a horrible day, at least you have coffee to accompany you. If it’s a good day, you have coffee to celebrate with you!