Do you know that you can get a nearly espresso-worthy grind with a food processor? Just use the processor’s medium-fine grind to work on your coffee beans for a few minutes until you reach the grind consistency of your choice.
What Ground Should You Expect
You don’t need an electric or manual burr grinder to achieve the ‘almost perfect’ brew. You can pulverize the coffee beans in a food processor. This motor-driven, spinning blade can help you make two types of ground coffee:
It is easy to achieve a medium-fine grind with a processor. Just let it work on your coffee beans for a few minutes and you’ll get an almost excellent grind leading to a perfect cup of coffee. The resulting coffee grounds would be perfect for most pour over brew methods.
Simply “pulse” your food processor. Turn it in short bursts to coarsely grind the beans, shake it in between grinds and stop any time before medium-fine grind. This method is a bit tricky and you may not get the same coarse grind consistency of a burr grinder.
Still, it will not be too coarse or under extracted; otherwise, they are going to be weak and less flavorful. Remember that grind consistency helps you extract evenly the good flavors from your favorite coffee beans. An under-extracted coffee has a chalky aftertaste.
Another useful tip is to grind a few beans at a time to reach a consistent grind. It will help you control the texture and allow you to check the grind shape as you continue to add coffee beans in the machine.
Food Processor or Coffee Grinder
If you don’t have a burr grinder, you can use a food processor, blender, or even a hammer! But, if you want to copy the consistency and texture that a top burr grinder offers, and if you have time—of course, just use a mortar and pestle.
But, if you are busy, just buy yourself a grinder. You can easily grind some coffee beans for yourself every day. But, if you don’t have a large space to work on and you’re saving on kitchen tools, a food processor will do. Just don’t forget to start with a few beans for a better consistency and uniformity in the grounds as you make your coffee.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.