Grinding whole-bean coffee right before brewing ensures freshness, decreases exposure to flavor-destroying oxygen, and helps preserve coffee’s natural flavors from being bland and stale. But what if there’s no grinder? How do you grind fresh beans for that all-essential cup to start your day?
Know you can get an almost espresso-worthy grind with a food processor? Use the medium-fine grind of the processor to work on your coffee beans until you hit the grind consistency of your choosing.
Food processor or coffee grinder
If you don’t have a burr grinder, use a food processor, blender, or hammer! But if you want to copy the consistency and texture that atop burr grinder offers, and if you have time, use a mortar and pestle.
But if you’re tired, just buy a grinder. You can quickly roast yourself some coffee beans. But if you don’t have a big workspace and save on kitchen equipment, a food processor can do it. Just don’t forget to start your coffee with a few beans for better consistency and uniformity in the grounds.
What type of coffee is good when grinding from a food processor?
You don’t need an electric or manual burr grinder for the ‘almost fine’ brew. Pulverize coffee beans in a food processor.
If you drip French press coffee, you might even be ok with a blade style coffee grinder, like a very tiny blender. This would suit the food processor. Reason for this? You don’t need grinding to be consistent or too good.
If you want to use a very simple espresso-like appliance, it could also work, since it has flow restrictors so very fine and consistent grinding isn’t necessary.
What ground should you expect?
This motor-driven, spinning blade will help you make two coffee types:
A medium-fine grinding with a processor is fast. Only let it work a few minutes on your coffee beans and you’ll get an almost excellent grind leading to a great cup of coffee. The resulting coffee grounds would be perfect for most pour over brew methods.
Simply “pulse” the processor. Turn it to coarsely grind the beans in quick bursts, shake it between grinds and avoid some time before medium-fine grinding. This approach is a little complicated, and you can not get a burr grinder‘s same coarse grind quality.
It won’t be too coarse or extracted; otherwise they’ll be low and less flavourful. Note, grinding consistency helps you remove the positive flavors uniformly from your favorite coffee beans. An under-extracted aftertaste of coffee.
Another useful method is to grind a few beans to a smooth grind. It will help you monitor the texture as you start to add coffee beans to the unit, allowing you to test the grind shape.