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No Grinder, No Problem: How to Brew Coffee With Whole Beans

Many of us are coffee lovers; however, most of us don't have the luxury and means to purchase high-quality coffee equipment like a coffee grinder. 

High-quality coffee grinders are great investments for your coffee station at home. They provide consistent grinds for your coffee, promising delicious espresso shots, pour-overs, and cold brews every time. However, some of us don't have coffee grinders, and we're stuck with having our local coffee shop to grind our bags of arabica coffee beans. But what happens if you come home and forget to have the barista grind your coffee? What will you do then?

Some people will resort to using a standard kitchen blade grinder to grind their coffee. Though you won't get consistent grind sizes and hit the right flavor notes, it still gets the job done in the meantime. But did you know that there's a way to brew coffee without needing to grind your whole beans?

We'll share with you what we know about brewing coffee with whole beans, why you should try it, and how you can do it at home. Take another sip of your coffee, and let's get started!


Why should I consider making coffee with whole beans?


No need to worry about uneven grind size

As mentioned earlier, when you use a standard kitchen blade grinder or even pound on a pouch of coffee beans, chances are, you'll get uneven grind sizes. When this happens, you won't get consistent brews, and you'll also brew every batch at different rates, giving you either under-extracted coffee, which is weak and sour, or over-extracted brews, which are too strong, bitter, and burnt. 


Beans deteriorate faster after grinding

If there's anything you need to know about coffee, it's this: the quality and lifespan of coffee beans deteriorate faster after grinding. This is why you're better off investing in a high-quality grinder or brewing the coffee whole instead. 

When the coffee beans are ground, oxidation happens quickly. This is why it's best to brew your coffee right away after grinding them or place them in an airtight container to be consumed in a week. If you fail to do this, all the preserved flavors will disappear, and you might be working with stale beans. 

Besides dealing with environmental factors like air and moisture that could increase the loss of quality, you'll also need to consider contamination. This is because ground coffee absorbs smells quickly, so if it’s not in an airtight container, your coffee might soak up the smells of last night's dinner. 

How do you make whole bean brewed coffee?

Here's what you'll need to make a delicious cup of whole bean brewed coffee

  • Whole arabica coffee beans
  • Small saucepan
  • One mason jar
  • Boiling water
  • Strainer
  • Mug
  • Spoon
  1. While you're boiling your water, now is the best time to measure your coffee beans. Grab your mason jar and fill it up with whole beans about three-quarters full.
  2. Once your water has come to a boil, fill up the jar with hot water about three-quarters full as well.
  3. Place your jar in the saucepan and fill the pan with water at the same level as the water in the mason jar. 
  4. Start simmering the water and wait for your coffee to brew for about half an hour. You'll notice that water inside the mason jar will start to look like coffee. 
  5. After an hour, set up your coffee mug and strainer and strain the beans and coffee from the mason jar.

You might think that because it's not ground coffee, it'll be weak and under-extracted, but you'll be surprised to know that the flavors will be quite strong. To remedy this, you can always dilute the coffee concentrate with a bit of hot water, depending on your preference. 

Conclusion

Brewing whole bean coffees is a simple and dependable way to get your regular cup of joe without having to worry about inconsistent grind sizes and unpleasant flavors. So if you're curious and want to try this brewing method, get yourself a fresh batch of whole arabica coffee beans and follow our steps in brewing a delicious cup of whole bean coffee. 

If you're looking for fantastic whole arabica coffee beans and coffee pods, check out Cafe Joe USA. We offer a variety of high-quality coffee so you can have the best cups of coffee at home. Check out our coffees today!

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