The coffee grind is the most important factors in making a good cup of coffee. Believe it or not, a two different quality grinders using the same coffee beans will literally produce two completely different cups of coffee. But what if you don't own a coffee grinder and don't wan to resort to a pestle and a mortar (that granite bowl with a smasher) to make your morning coffee? What many coffee lovers don't realize is that there is easy alternative way to grind your coffee using a common kitchen item. You can grind coffee in a blender.
For this example, we'll use the highly popular Vitamix blender to illustrate how to grind coffee in a blender. If you have a different model blender, please consult the instruction manual for that specific model. Vitamix offers an optional dry blade container which I recommend getting in order to do this. It's perfect for blending grains and also, coffee beans.
Pour 2 cups of coffee beans in the Vitamix container
Turn on the machine, bring the speed up to variable 8
Run the blender for about 15 seconds or until the grind size is to your liking. For a finer grind, leave the blender on for a few additional seconds.
And just like that, you've got fresh ground coffee without ever having to use a coffee grinder. This is a great work around for those who don't own a coffee grinder but do own a solid blender such as a Vitamix. I know some people who were in that exact circumstance and being able to grind coffee with a blender was truly a”Wallah!” moment for many of them. And while you won't get the same precision and uniformity that you would achieve from a quality conical burr grinder, you'll still get a grind good enough for any French Press or Drip Coffee. Try it. We'd love to hear your experiences with it.
If you want the full scoop on coffee grinds and how it can improve your cup of coffee, check out our article on the value of a quality coffee grinder.