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Grind Coffee Beans Without a Grinder

Want to grind your coffee beans but you don't have a coffee grinder? Like to grind them the ol' fashioned way, or perhaps your favorite grinder isn't working properly, leaving you high and dry without the morning jolt? Read on!


  1. Consider buying coffee beans that are already ground. If you dont have much time and guests are coming over or whatever, you can buy coffee beans that are already ground. it will save time and effort.
  2. Use the coffee grinder at your local grocery store. A lot of stores have coffee grinding machines for everyone's convenience.
  3. Use a blender. A blender is a fabulous multi-tasker at grinding coffee beans.
  4. Crush beans with a hammer. Put your favorite beans in a high-quality plastic freezer bag, then put it between towels and crush with short, even strokes. The crushed grounds will not be of consistent size, but you can use them in your regular drip coffee pot or percolator.
  5. Crush beans with a rolling pin. This is similar to the hammer method. Use a heavy ziploc bag and thin towels, and roll the pin over the bag using enough pressure to crush the beans. If you don't have a rolling pin, a sturdy bottle can even do the trick.
  6. Use a mortar and pestle. You can use a mortar and pestle for grinding coffee beans, but be sure to practice first to get the desired consistency


  • Consider coffee that has been pre-ground.
  • Invest in a good grinder, most cost under $20 and will last a long time if properly cared for.
  • Use the grinder at the supermarket. It's free to use with coffee dispensed at the store.
  • Store ground up coffee in an air-tight container, in a cool, dark place. Avoid placing it above or near the stove.
  • Do not store coffee in a refrigerator. The low humidity in a refrigerator will cause the beans to dry out and go stale very quickly. Avoid the freezer for the same reason.
  • Refrigeration acts as a slow de-hydrator removing mositure from food and foodstuffs.

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