How to Grind Coffee Beans Without a Grinder

Have you ever went to make a pot of coffee only to realize that you are out of ground coffee?

How about going to grind your beans only to find your grinder dead?

Well never fear…here are 3 methods for you to try when you are in a pinch.

1) Mortar and Pestal – Take a bowl and a heavy mug/jar and grind those coffee beans!

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2) Plates – Grab 2 dinner plates and crunch coffee beans between them.

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3) Hammer – Put your coffee beans in a Ziploc between 2 towels and whack the heck out of those beans!

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Watch this video to find out what the best method to grind your coffee beans without a grinder!

Have you ever taken drastic measures to get yourself a cup of coffee?

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  1. Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

    Love the video! Very cool 🙂 I am more of a hot cocoa person, but I’d love to try grinding my own beans sometime to make Vietnamese style coffee.

    • mrsdmeeks

      I’ve never tried Vietnamese style! How is that different than American coffee?

      • Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

        I first read about it in Anthony Bourdain’s book “A Cook’s Tour,” then because of that I sought out a Vietnamese restaurant to try it. They pour the hot water through a stainless steel filter that runs into a glass beaker. You add sweetened condensed milk and serve over ice. Sometimes the sweetened condensed milk is already in the bottom of the glass that the coffee filters into. Here’s more info:

        Very good stuff!

        • mrsdmeeks

          Oh wow! I’m going to have to try that. Thank you for sharing 🙂

          • ashandcrafts

            Vietnamese coffee is really good and strong!

  2. Sarah (Ruffles and Rain Boots)

    Great job on the video – you should put together a tutorial because I have no idea what I’m doing! 🙂

    You had me laughing – you make the cutest faces. And that bit at the end, “magic” – priceless.

    • mrsdmeeks

      Ha! Thanks! I can’t take all of the credit. Hubs is the production genius 🙂 and we made this as a part of the latest episode of Universe Box

  3. cynthial1956

    This is so great and kind of funny too! I have some beans that were a gift and didn’t want to buy a grinder. Now I know what to do with them! Thanks for sharing this at the This is How We Roll Link Party! See you on Thursday.

    • mrsdmeeks

      Haha! Whatever you do, don’t try the hammer method!

      Have a great week (oh, and it’s supposed to be funny!)

  4. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    LOL – I love that your mortar and pestle is a bowl and a jar. You’re awesome.

    Loved seeing and hearing you.

    I’ll buy my coffee ground.

    • mrsdmeeks

      Tee Hee! You have to use what you have!

      Buying ground coffee is absolutely the easiest method!

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