How to Grind Coffee Beans Without a Grinder

How to Grind Coffee Beans Without A Grinder

Imagine a long, tiring day ahead of you and the weather is gloomy and all that sounds good right now is a steaming, hot cup of coffee, BUT your plans are ruined when you realize that all you have is coffee beans and no grinder. At this point, all you want to do is head out the door with some caffeine in your system, but you don’t own a grinder for the beans. 

Luckily, we know just the way to make some freshly ground coffee quickly, and it can be done with tools and appliances you already own!  

Types of Coffee Grounds 

coffee grounds

To start off, there are a few different types of coffee grounds that you can end up with when you use the methods listed below. There are four main categories: 

  1. Coarse grind 
  2. Medium grind 
  3. Fine grind 
  4. Super fine grind 

The type of coffee grounds you end up with simply depends on the way you grind them and the amount of pressure you apply making it very customizable! 

Using a Blender 

A blender might not conventionally be used to do anything related to coffee or coffee beans, but don’t you worry, a blender is actually amazing to grind coffee beans! An advantage of using a blender is that you can grind a lot of coffee beans at once, and who doesn’t love to be efficient and save some time! 

How to Use a Blender to Grind Coffee Beans 

While using a blender, make sure you use the medium-high setting so that you don’t generate heat that can cook the beans. 

  1. Add in the coffee beans you want to grind
  2. Use the pulse setting on the blender in intervals of 5 seconds 
  3. Repeat the pulse about 6 times 
  4. If necessary, stop and take the lid off to scrape some of the beans off the side and repeat! 

It’s that easy! But say you don’t have a blender, we got you covered! 

Using a Hammer 

Don’t be scared by the word “hammer” in an article talking about grinding coffee beans, it’s a good one! Open up your tool drawer or tool kit and pull out your hammer for this one!

How to Use a Hammer to Grind Coffee Beans 

All you need is a hammer, a Ziploc bag, and your coffee beans. 

  1. Put your coffee beans in the Ziploc bag and make sure it is sealed tightly
  2. Use the hammer to press down on the beans rather than pound them like a nail 
  3. Work your way around the Ziploc bag and keep repeating until the desired outcome! 

A simple, easy, quick solution! 

Using a Rolling Pin 

Open up your utensil drawer for this one! All you need is a simple household kitchen tool and a Ziploc bag! 

This method is also perfect if you want to get a little bit of an arm workout into your day as this is a little labor intensive but nothing you can’t handle. 

How to Use a Rolling Pin to Grind Coffee Beans 

This method is very similar to the last one, so if you don’t have a hammer lying around, no worries! 

  1. Put your coffee beans in the Ziploc bag and make sure it is sealed tightly with little to no air
  2. Start off by crushing the beans with the rolling pin through applying pressure 
  3. When the coffee beans are a little finer, roll the pin across the bag 
  4. Move all the coffee beans to the middle, and repeat the process 
  5. Keep going until you are happy with the coffee grounds! 

Using a Hand Mincer/Garlic Presser 

Under the unfortunate circumstance that you don’t have a rolling pin, here is another household kitchen tool that can help you with grinding your coffee beans, a hand mincer! 

How To Use a Hand Mincer to Grind Coffee Beans 

This is a classic example of repurposing something that you already own! However, the one disadvantage is that you can only use a few beans at a time, so use this method if you are not in too much of a rush. 

  1. Put a few beans in the garlic presser (make sure you are not overfilling)
  2. Apply enough pressure and squeeze the mincer until all the coffee ground passed through (squeeze it multiple times if necessary) 
  3. Repeat the steps above until you grind all the coffee beans to the desired consistency 
  4. If the grounds are too coarse, you can put them back through the garlic press! 

How to Grind Coffee Beans Without A Grinder: Conclusion


Although these methods seem to be a bit more labor-intensive, they will result in your preferred type of coffee grounds because you are the ones making them! What could be better than that?

Hopefully, these few tips help you grind your coffee beans and give you an energetic start to the day!

Written by Shreshta Gopisetty

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