Can You Grind Coffee In A Blender?

Coffee In A BlinderThe sun is going down, and you want to set your machine to auto brew so that your coffee will be ready and waiting for you in the morning when the alarm forces you from sleep so that you can begin yet another busy day. You grind your own beans because you adore the fresh aroma and taste, even if a little bit of that is lost in pre-grinding then the night before. You’ve decided this method fits your lifestyle the best since you can be too busy to grind on the spot every single morning. Especially those mornings when the bed feels much better than your itinerary.

You have been nearly lost in thought, brought back to the present reality when you realize that your bean grinder has not started whirring and the beans are still whole inside, even though you had already set it to your usual setting of medium ground. It would seem that this burr grinder has gone out on you. Perhaps it had been sitting too close to the sink when you and your siblings were fooling around and having a water fight! Maybe the storm earlier burned it out with lightning? Though that is less likely considering your home is equipted with surge protectors. Whatever the case may be, the point of the mater is, what can you do about it now to ground your coffee beans? Without coffee, how will you get through tomorrow morning’s busy schedule?

You check the time, but alas, it is too late to run to the store for a new one, so you will have to get creative. Looking around your kitchen for anything similar to the burr grinder you typically use, absolutely anything that may have a grinding ability. A mortar and pestle? But, you don’t own one or those. The closest thing present is the blender that has slipped towards the back of the counter. You don’t remember using it since a few months ago when you had friends over, and everyone wanted milkshakes, but you reach for it and dust it off. Could your blinder possibly make due for the night?

The Answer Is YES

Losing a high-quality burr grinder in the middle of a busy week can be a very stressful thing to experience. Now you still have half of the week to go with an early morning alarm, whole coffee beans, and no way to grind them. However, a blender with a pulse mode can ease the blow and save your week. All you need to do is place the beans in the blender and pulse them, very briefly, about 8-12 times depending on your desired grind level.

Why Your Burr Grinder Is Better Than A Blender

I know what you’re thinking, “If that’s all I have to do and it is that simple, then why spend so much on a burr grinder if the blender can do the same job?” Well, after you pulse your coffee beans in the blender, have a good look over them. They probably aren’t as uniform as your usual grinder would have them.

Beyond not being aesthetically pleasing, nonuniform beans can alter the taste, clarity, and overall quality of whatever sort of coffee you are trying to brew. These issues can be particularly noticeable in Turkish and cold brew coffees, due to their filtering procedures, or lack thereof.

Aside from this, burr grinders typically come with a preset grind level knob that is programmed to industry standards, so that your coffee will come to precisely the right level of grind for the recipe you are following. Again, using Turkish coffee as an example, you would need a very, very finely ground coffee bean. So fine, that it looks like dark powdered sugar. Otherwise, the grounds will not remain suspended, and the experience will be tainted with a mouth full of grit. A grind this uniform is nearly impossible to achieve with a regular blender.

So, while your blender will save you if your grinder goes out in the middle of the week and you exclusively ground your own beans, it is not a permanent or better solution by any means. Blenders are not meant to create a uniform grind, but rather to blend liquids and solids into a sort of chunky consistency, like a smoothie. While they can be used to grind just solids once or twice, they can not be expected to do so very uniformly. If it comes to using a blender to grind your beans, it will likely be the easiest to use the blended grounds in a drip style brewer. Of course, with the right amount of effort, anything is possible, but without a proper burr grinder, it will be hard to enjoy delicate coffee treats.

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How to Grind Coffee Beans

How to Grind Coffee BeansCoffee beans are just the starting point of your morning. The reason you get up is to get a cup of coffee. With coffee as your start to the day, you know that there is nothing worse than having a lousy cup of coffee, except for not knowing how good your coffee can be. Coffee can be ground in different ways, and the differences are used in the most efficient capacity when they’re used with the right grinder. Getting the right ground of coffee is essential to ensuring you get the perfect cup every single morning. The biggest question now though is what kind of ground is right for your coffee maker.

What Grind for What Maker?

There is a serious difference between coarse and fine grinds. These two different grinds have to be paired properly with the appropriate coffee maker, or your coffee just one come out right. There are a wide variety of coffee makers, and the grinds that go with them are very specific. If you mix them up or try to use different grounds your coffee will either be watery or filled with grounds.

Percolators are one of the most common coffee makers, they’re common in many households and are best with coarse coffee grounds. You use a small filter to ensure the grounds don’t get mixed with the water, and it percolates automatically. Guaranteeing all you have to do to, is prepare and turn on your coffee maker to ensure the perfect brew.

The French Press is one of many flat-bottomed drip coffee makers. These are designed, much like the percolator for coarse coffee grounds. Designed to ensure you get the best cup out of coarse coffee grounds. If you use fine grounds instead of coarse ones the grounds will go into the coffee water as well, ensuring a gritty cup of coffee. Stick with the coarse grounds, to ensure the absolute best coffee when dealing with either percolators or flat-bottomed drip coffee makers such as the French Press.

There is even a medium grind, which is best used with the flat-bottomed drip coffee makers, but don’t work well with a percolator or a cone drip coffee maker. The three different kinds of coffee grinds are very different from one another though the medium and coarse grinds can be used interchangeably they cannot substitute for the fine grind. The medium grind is best used as a supplement or replacement for the coarse brew if it’t not available for you, allowing you to have a cup of coffee without having to worry about managing with a fine brew.

Finely ground coffee is usually best made with cone-shaped filters, such as the Espresso Moka Pots. These grounds allow the water to move around and past them more easily, while giving you more coffee in a single filter, allowing for a smoother brew. A smoother brew means a smoother coffee, which makes a smoother morning for you and those in your home. The smoothest possible coffee you can get with a specialty filter for fine coffee. Having a proper filter ensures you get the best coffee for your taste and that nothing comes between you and the perfect cup every single morning.

Burr Grinders vs. Blade Grinders

Now that you know the differences between the different grinds of coffee you can find the differences between the grinders that turn your coffee beans into your morning’s delight. There are a wide variety of grinders, and each one is important in their way. From automatic to doing it by hand there are plenty of ways to ensure you get the best cup of coffee.

Blade grinders are a lot like putting your coffee in a blender. It dices up the coffee grounds according to your immediate need. The sharp spinning blades are slicing through the bean, which many coffee connoisseurs believe results in an inconsistent ground leaving the different sizes in the ground coffee to give you an inconsistent taste because they don’t extract the flavors at the same rate. This leaves your coffee tasting completely different on a day to day basis, and not different as in the difference between Columbian and Jamaican the difference between great coffee, and terrible coffee.

Burr grinders are exactly the opposite they use a mass of spinning blades that are designed to be more efficient at cutting up the coffee beans, leaving you with grounds that are roughly the same size, giving you a reliable brew every time. They can be a variety of sizes and shapes, and there are even false burr grinders, which attempt to mash the beans with sharp teeth instead of grinding them gradually as a traditional burr grinder does. These fake grinders leave a bad taste in your mouth, as they don’t manage to get a consistent texture to the grind like the traditional burr grinders do.

In another post we have tried and researched some grinders and listed out the Best Burr Grinders of 2018 and Best Burr Grinders Under $100. Check them out and choose one for you daily life.

Automatic or Hand (Manual) Grinder?

There are also two different ways to grind your coffee, with either an automatic or a manual grinder. The automatic grinders allow the grounds to be prepared by a machine. The burr grinder, for example, is usually operated by a motor, dicing the coffee beans up into an appropriate size so they can be easily brewed. The manual method is less costly; it allows you to twist a crank, which will grind up the coffee. You don’t get any electrical assistance; you simply grind it up by hand. This is more efficient if you’re going out camping or if your electricity goes out, allowing you to still have coffee even without electrical assistance. They’re usually ceramic and are simple to adjust, best used for pour over brewing.

It’s safe to say that burr grinders are usually the easiest to use, they make getting your morning coffee together simple. There are some things you’ll need to remember when grinding your coffee. The first thing is that you should never pre-grind your coffee, you’ll end up with stale coffee instead of a nice fresh brew, making your coffee taste sour. Another thing you’ll need to remember is that you will need to measure out your beans before grinding. If you don’t, you’ll either have too much or too little coffee, making for a rough morning. There are plenty of different brands of burr grinders, and all of them should grind in the same way, ensure that you抮e not getting a fake one and you shouldn’t have any issues with consistency in your brew.

We also have a list of Top 5 Best Manual Coffee Grinders of 2017. We hope it will give you some inspiration when you are facing so many manual grinders.

How to Grind Coffee With Burr Grinders?

The first thing you’ll need to do when grinding in a burr grinder is ensure that your grinder is clear from any previous grounds. The older grounds will be ground into your new cup, and if there’re enough of them can make for a difficult morning. Secondly, you should measure out your beans, remember, not too little, not too much. Once you’re finished with this task, you’ll put the beans in your grinder. If it’s automatic, there isn’t much more to do besides setting it to the proper grind and turning it on. If you own a manual coffee grinder, you should get cranking until it’s the proper consistency for your brewing device. Once the coffee is ground to the appropriate size, coarse, medium or fine, then you can brew it in your device. Whether you have a percolator or a french press, a flat-bottomed drip coffee maker or a cone drip coffee maker it’s essential to ensure you have the right grounds for the right coffee maker.

With the wide variety of coffee makers out there, it’s easy to get confused and frustrated. Some people will use fine coffee in their french press and wonder why their coffee has grounds in it. Or try to put coarse coffee into their cylindrical drip coffee maker and get upset when the coffee tastes like water. Knowing the differences between the grinds, and how to ground the different coffees is essential for managing your morning. Without the ability to manage your coffee you’re bound to have a horrible day. So double check your equipment, you may have the wrong brewer for the coffee you’ve bought. You may even have the wrong coffee for the brewer you currently have; the wrong grinder can get you into a world of trouble with your mornings and having the know how to figure out how to grind your coffee in a new grinder is essential. All of these pieces come together smoothly once they’re in place allowing you to have a great morning. So double check what you do have, and what you don’t have in your kitchen, is a manual grinder best for you or do you want to try an automatic? Is the blade grinder good enough or do you want the luxury of the burr grinder? Will you be able to handle a coarse brew or do you wish you had a finer smoother taste in the morning? All of these bits and pieces fall together at once, aligning to ensure you have the best possible cup of coffee in the morning.