Is it better to grind your own coffee beans

For one, grinding up your own coffee beans does mean it will be fresher. There’s no real way to deny that, either; ground-up coffee beans taste fresher when you do it yourself. This is because coffee beans tend to start losing some of that juicy flavor quite quickly after being ground.

If you buy a pre-ground package, then it can often be missing a lot of the aroma and the oils that make a coffee bean so good for us. Therefore, if you are to freshly grind them up on your own then you will be left with a much more satisfying and enterprising experience overall.

While it’s better to grind your own coffee beans, having an emergency pre-ground set is good. When you sleep in one morning, it can be very useful to save the time needed on grinding! 

How long does it take to grind coffee beans?

This is a very specific question, and can change depending on so many factors such as who is carrying out the grinding in the first place. If your new grinder is to be used in the right way, then we recommend that you grind for at least 20 seconds.

A 20 second volume should be good enough for a good grinder to dice up those beans and get it well grinded. What you might find, though, is that different kinds of beans need a longer period of time. Also, beans that are being used in a grinder which has lost some of that original sharpness and edge may find it nigh-impossible to be ground up in the same number of time.

You also need to look into the fineness factor. A quality form of coffee bean will be taken care of by using a stronger grind, always giving it a bit of extra time to get it extra fine. If you prefer a form of coffee that is quite coarse in the way that it comes though, then you should be willing to adjust grinding times to suit this.

It’s all down to the kind of coffee as much as anything else, and this can make it very easy to get the right kind of strength in your blend. Do this right, and you can find it quite easy to make sure you are left with a coffee solution that is easy to put together and effective for the right reasons. 

Can you use a blender to grind coffee beans?

Yes, you could if you wanted to. While we don’t really recommend it, as a grinder always gives you a better finish, a blender can be used in a pinch. While you could usually find that doing this can leave you with some rather poorly managed pieces in the mixture and it’s nowhere near as balanced as you get with a grinder, it’s an opportunity when you are in a bit of a pinch.

If you do choose to do this, then make sure that you have a blender that comes with a Grind function. While still not quite to the standard and quality of a normal grinder, it will give you a much better finish than if you just blended it as you would with, say, a smoothie.

A high speed is very important, too, using a speed of at least 8-9. This gives you the right kind of finish for the beans, and it can make it much easier for you to put everything together in the manner expected. Also, try and make sure that you drop the beans in gradually in smaller amounts. If you put it all in at once, it can be hard for the blender to get the right kind of grind going on in the first place.

So, take a moment to make sure you have a blender that can do the grinding for you. If you need to buy a blender, it’s cheaper to go for a grinder in the first place anyway! 

How can you grind coffee beans without a grinder?

Of course, a few other solutions if you wish to grind up a coffee bean without using a grinder, per se. If you would like to find out what you need to do to make that possible, then you should take the time that you need to look a little closer at some of the options below for valuable grinding solutions.

Blender. As mentioned above, you could always use a blender if you feel like it would suit the coffee style that you are using. Just follow the instructions above.

Mortar. A combination of mortar and pestle can help you to get the beans ground down – just prepare for it to take a good while. A few beans at a time is the best way to go, but the end result should be an impressive finish that is very specific. 

Hammer and Tongs. A great way to mash up those coffee beans is to use a hammer. It takes a lot of time to get it right, but all you need to do is put the beans in a plastic freezer bag. Then, put them in-between two towels to stop the blows from being too vicious. All you need to do then is bring the hammer down with a few strikes. – but it will not be consistent, so be prepared for that.

For the cost of a good coffee grinder and the general challenge in making a good cup of coffee without ground beans, we recommend just spending the “excess” on a grinder! 

Is coarse ground coffee stronger?

Most of the time, we prefer a finer form of ground coffee. That being said, some of us are a touch more detailed when it comes to looking at the coffee we enjoy. For example, one of the best forms of coffee around that you can enjoy is a coarse form of coffee. Some people find coarse coffee the best kind to enjoy for various reasons, mainly down to the general taste and strength of the coffee itself.

However, the finer the grind, the more specific flavor that you can get. If you use something like French press, though, you will soon find that this coffee is not quite as fine as you would like. Sometimes, items without a filter or brewing method that catches a lot of the bigger stuff can be hard to get right.

Coarse coffee is typically as strong as the finer stuff, but can be harder to get it just right in terms of the taste. If you are someone who likes to mess around with coffee and try out something a bit different, then we recommend trying a cup with a fine blend finish and a cup with a coarse finish.

You might just find that it can give you the kind of finish that you were hoping for in the first place. As ever, it’s all about a touch of experimentation, no matter what you grind or don’t grind! 

Paul Mason

coffee blogger

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