How to grind coffee beans without grinder

Having a bad day because you didn’t get your morning coffee today?

A cup of coffee becomes a necessary fuel when it comes to giving a kickass start to the day. The trouble-free method to get the best taste of a coffee is to grind the coffee beans in a proper grinder. But what if your coffee grinder stops working or you are somewhere out where there is no excess to it?

Not to worry, you still have got a number of ways to grind the coffee beans so that your daily routine of ‘First I need coffee’ doesn’t break. So let’s have a look at some alternate methods you can apply to get a freshly prepared coffee.

Below are several ways to grate coffee beans without a grinder.

  • Blender
  • Hand mincer
  • Food processor
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Rolling pin
  • Hammer
  • Meat tenderizer

Method 1: Using a Blender

A blender is largely used for blending vegetables, for making shakes or soups. But this is not the only use of it. You can use it to grind the coffee beans as well.

Put a small amount of coffee in the blender and blend it. Cover the lid of the blender so that beans don’t come out with a bang. Start blending the beans after every 10th second because continuous blending can overcook the coffee beans.

Blender is usually used to bring off coarse grind but you can grind it till you get the right consistency of your choice.

Always remember to wash the blender thoroughly after the use to remove the aroma of the coffee. Wash out with water properly and carefully. Most of the blenders can be washed in the dishwashers as well.

Method 2: Using a Hand Mincer

Hand mincers may not be common as these days but you can find one for sure in olden times. Hand grinding is really a simple method to grind coffee beans. First, put some beans in the hopper and try-out the settings with a few starts so that you’re able to adjust according to the consistency you want for the coffee beans. Start rotating the crank until you get the perfect evenness. The method surely needs some extra effort and one has to do it a number of times to get the desired grind.

Because of its small and easy to carry feature it makes hand mincers a perfect choice for the travelers. Though they don’t give the evenest uniformity comparable to the automatic grinders but is ideal for those who still want to enjoy a quality cup of coffee.

A little slow process which may take time than the automatic one but with a little patience and ease you can have the grind of your choice. Remember not use the product if the glass portion gets cracked. Rough mesh cleaner is harsh to the glass, so try to avoid that.

Method 3: Using a Food Processor

A food processor is something which is found in every kitchen nowadays and is primarily used to save time and workload. To start with the process first make sure that your food processor is designed to grind coffee beans (read the manual instructions).

A food processor is best used to grind coffee beans for making a French Press. Measure the beans and grind at a count of every 10-20 seconds. A food processor is ideal for a coarse grind.

Method 4: Using a Mortar and pestle

This tried and tested method was earlier used by pharmacists to grind medicines, herbs, and spices but also helpful in grinding coffee beans. It’s beating and swirling motion helps to get the most consistent texture of the coffee beans.

Put a few beans in the mortar, with one hand covering a side of the mortar and pestle in the other start crushing the beans otherwise beans would start flying in the other corner of the room.

Once done with crushing begin with rolling of the beans in a clockwise direction to get the correct texture. With a fine and extra fine grind, mortar and pestle are best used to make an espresso or a drip coffee.

So if you are thinking of buying a mortar and pestle, put money into one made of ceramic material because it will help grinding beans quickly and is easy to clean and use.

Method 5: Using a Rolling Pin

Rolling pin can be easily found in every kitchen for sure and because of its circular surface, it makes the crushing bit easy. With a right amount of coffee beans put them in a ziplock bag. In case you don’t have ziplock bag use sheets or parchment paper.

Keep the bag flat on the table and start hammering the beans. Once crushing is done, with a little more pressure begin rolling the pin back and forth until desired consistency is met. If you don’t have a rolling pin, solid glass bottle or a food can also work.

Method 6: Using a hammer

Grinding coffee beans with the help of hammer is quite similar to the rolling pin method. To begin the process, put a right amount of coffee beans in the plastic bag and put the bag between two towels.

Allow little amount of air to enter the bag so that it can form a flat surface easily. Start hammering the beans in a downward position and crush them till you the right texture of the beans. Once done with one side, flip it to the other side to get a consistent grind.

Because of the shaky movement, this method is unable to give a fine mixture so if you are looking to get coarse grind, hammering can help.

Method 7: Using a Butcher Knife

A large butcher knife with a wide and sharp knife can also be helpful for crushing the beans in case you are having no other options. Put some beans on the wooden cutting board.

Lay your flat palm on the knife press it to crack the beans. Continue to apply pressure on the beans to get a medium or medium-fine grind. This method is proved helpful in making a good drip coffee.

Steadiness in grinding the coffee beans can help you to get the best possible flavor of the coffee.

So if you believe that you have a bad start to your day because your coffee grinder is not working, don’t panic, these alternate methods can be a helpful source.


For a good coarse grind, the blender can be of the best use because grinding in small gush can get you the finest grind for your coffee.

For fine grind, mortar and pestle can be best used to get the same consistency that a grinder can give.

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