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Sat Mar 1, 2014, 07:47 PM

(X-Post) What to do with coffee beans when you don't have a grinder?

Would it harm my blender to crack them up a little and then simmer them overnight in a crockpot?

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Reply (X-Post) What to do with coffee beans when you don't have a grinder? (Original post)
IrishAyes Mar 2014 OP
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2014 #1
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #3
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2014 #11
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #14
MerryBlooms Mar 2014 #2
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #6
nomorenomore08 Mar 2014 #4
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #7
LiberalAndProud Mar 2014 #5
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #9
LiberalAndProud Mar 2014 #10
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #12
winter is coming Mar 2014 #8
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #13
irisblue Mar 2014 #15
Lizzie Poppet Mar 2014 #16
Wounded Bear Mar 2014 #17
Chan790 Mar 2014 #18
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #19
Eleanors38 Mar 2014 #20
IrishAyes Mar 2014 #21

Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:11 PM

1. No more than blending nuts would, if you have a good blender.

I don't get why you want to simmer them overnight tho.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:24 PM

3. That was only because I didn't know if I could find a way to make them ready for the percolator.

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:49 PM

11. One trick I learned was

to keep a qt jar of ground beans in the freezer.
Just in case
the power goes out, as it often does
the electric grinder dies

did you know....they still sell hand grinders. Another "just in case" cool thing to have.

you can tell I have been caught without my coffee once too often...

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 09:06 PM

14. I'd have to buy a grinder of any sort online. $ I can't spare after having all my plumbing under

the house replaced with better material, and buying a new kitchen range and dishwasher all in the space of 3 months. Plus since the trap for the washing machine in the laundry room likes to freeze over during the longest and worst cold spells, I snatched a small apartment size washing machine at a salvage place so I can use it in the kitchen if the big one in the laundry room is offline so to speak. Right now I couldn't afford to buy a toothpick.

I know what you mean about being separated from my nectar of the gods, known to mere mortals as coffee. Because I prefer it perked, and percolators are very expensive brand new and prone to quit at the worst possible moment, I keep a few others in the pantry just in case. Loving old design, I use a couple of the Art Deco era ones as decoration. Beautiful things. If we lose power here, I have a stove top percolator just in case. And camping equipment since my kitchen range is electric. I AM PREPARED!

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Response to MerryBlooms (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:32 PM

6. Now that's incredible. I love scented candles and already have tea lights because I have to prepare

well ahead for potential emergencies way out here. But I'm not likely to give too many away after 8 years of being beat over the head by a lot of these teabaggers. I could NOT survive here w/o the internet. Absolutely could not.

So I'll make some scented candles for myself and run some of the other beans through the blender so I can brew them.

Thanks, everyone!

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:30 PM

4. If you have a decent food processor, you can probably grind them enough for brewing, I would think.

Don't do it solely based on my advice, though - I don't want to owe you a new Cuisinart!

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:33 PM

7. You wouldn't anyway - I don't have one!!!!!!!!!!! Just a cheap used blender from a yard sale.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:31 PM

5. Looks like your blender will do fine.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:37 PM

9. Great.

Thanks. Now excuse me - I have to go apologize to the person I told I didn't think a rolling pin would work. I actually DO have one of those!

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:43 PM

10. I saw the rolling pin, but can't imagine the elbow grease that would take.

Rolling pins are great for flattening dough. Crushing things not so much,.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:52 PM

12. Well, there's such a wealth of ideas showered upon me that I'm sure one or more will work. And it's

cheered me up on a gloomy day. That's really the best part.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:34 PM

8. Cover them with chocolate.

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 08:53 PM

13. You can bet I will at some point. I'd chew rocks if they were covered in chocolate.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 11:27 AM

15. no coffee!!!! i did this once

measured amount of beans in a paper bag place that in a bigger plastic bag, then hammered the heck out of it. the 2 bag idea is after learning that a meat tenderizer rips paper really easily
the shear idea of no coffee is horrid and terrifying

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 01:02 PM

16. What do you do when you don't have a grinder?

 

What do you do when you don't have a grinder?
What do you do when you don't have a grinder?
What do you do when you don't have a grinder?

Ear-lie in the moooooooorning.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 01:02 PM

17. Civil War soldiers used to grind their own...

generally with either rocks, or their rifle butts. Coffee beans keep much longer (ask any afficianado) than ground.

I guess I'm saying be creative. 'Though I've never thought of 'slow cooking' coffee.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 01:15 PM

18. As a barista, I wouldn't use a blender.

 

It's not that the beans are hard, they contain enough oil that a blender (many times stronger than a blade coffee grinder) likely to reduce them to a greasy dust. That's fine if you're making Turkish coffee but not for anything else.

The best way to grind them...wait? Where did they come from if you don't have a grinder? Are they Starbucks? Another coffeehouse chain? Your local indie? Most of the previous will grind your coffee beans for you if you you bring coffee they sell you back to their store.

In a pinch, I once went to my local grocery store where I'm a regular and they know me and asked to use their conical burr-grinder. They said yes I think mostly because they wanted to keep my business.

As for cheap grinder, try your local Goodwill-type store. They're the kind of thing people often buy, never use then donate to get out of their cabinet. I got my $400 burr grinder second-hand for about $15. (They have no idea what they have or what the quality is. I also bought a Shun Nigiri (vegetable cleaver) for $5. MSRP: $210) Then because who knows what the condition of the burrs is or what it was used for, I replaced the burrs for another $20 from the manufacturer.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #18)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 04:11 PM

19. Thank you, all truly wonderful ideas if a person has $ and/or lives near civilization. Neither

applies to me. Somebody gave me the 4 bags of beans because they didn't know what to do with them. I have no idea where their friend got the beans, but it certainly wasn't anywhere around here. Although it's the county seat, by golly, this speck on the road is so small it doesn't even appear on many maps.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 09:51 PM

20. Google "brewing unground coffee" for some good tips.

 

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #20)

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 12:19 AM

21. Wow - I don't even know where to start.... thanks.

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