How To Make Coffee With Whole Beans Without Grinding

You've just gotten a new bag of whole bean coffee and can't wait to devour a delicious, strong cup of the world's finest Arabica beans. You double-take, however, when you see your coffee grinder is broken — or worse, you recall that you don't own one. What can an espresso or coffee connoisseur do?

Can You Make Coffee With Whole Beans?

Yes, you may brew excellent coffee with whole beans without grinding. Whole unground coffee beans have a longer brewing time than ground coffee, but the resulting brew is less harsh and acidic. When making with whole beans, you use twice as many of them as when brewing with ground coffee.

Grinding coffee has been done for as long as coffee has existed. The coffee beans are crushed into small particles, which makes it easier to brew.

Grinding coffee does not alter the characteristics of the beans, but it does speed up the release of tastes and other soluble substances in water.

How to Make Coffee With Whole Beans by Steeping

You’ll need a thermal container (travel mug) with a lid as well as coffee beans and boiling water.


  1. Remove the ground coffee beans from the insulated container and measure about a third of it.
  2. Pour the boiling water into around two-thirds of the insulated container.
  3. Allow 30 seconds for the temperature to fall slightly before pouring.
  4. Add the coffee beans and seal the container before shaking it for the grounds to absorb the water.
  5. Allow one hour for the container to rest and shake it from time to time.
  6. Strain the coffee into an empty cup and enjoy your brew.

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How to Make Coffee with Whole Beans Using the Double-Boiler Method

Things you need:

  • Whole coffee beans
  • Stove
  • Large saucepan
  • Heat-safe container such as a mug
  • Strainer
  • Water
  • Spoon


  1. Bring 1 cup filtered or bottled water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add a third of the total weight in whole coffee beans or an equal amount of ground coffee to the mason jar or heat-safe cup.
  3. Fill the jar/mug with hot water to the coffee beans.
  4. Fill a saucepan halfway with fresh water and warm it up.
  5. To make a double-boiler, place the mason jar in a saucepan.
  6. Place the saucepan of boiling water over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let sit for 45-60 minutes, or until the coffee is done steeping. Stir the coffee once in a while.
  7. Remove the mason jar from the pot using a cloth or pair of tongs after turning off the stove. Strain the coffee then enjoy!

Should You Make Coffee With Whole Coffee Beans?

When you don’t have access to a coffee grinder or a coffee maker, brewing whole beans of coffee produces not only an excellent cup of coffee, but also an ingenious hack.

Although the taste of coffee might differ somewhat depending on how it is prepared, one thing remains consistent: grinding coffee with blade grinders and blenders that chop the beans down to uneven sizes results in an inferior cup.

Inconsistent grind sizes can negatively impact the flavor of the coffee because they create an uneven extraction across the coffee beans. Whole bean coffee is generally believed to be fresher and more flavorful and aromatic than pre-ground coffee since coffee grounds lose their volatile chemicals at a faster rate than whole beans.

What Are The Disadvantages of Making Coffee with Whole Beans?

  1. It takes a long time to brew the coffee, and it’s not ideal when you’re in a hurry. To make delicious coffee, the beans must steep for about an hour.
  2. Uses more coffee beans than when using grounds. This is an inelegant method of utilizing coffee beans and costly in the long run, especially for coffee drinkers who consume a lot of coffee.

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Can You Eat Whole Coffee Beans?

Coffee beans are not only edible, but they’re also nutritious. Excess coffee, on the other hand, is detrimental to one’s health. They’re high in antioxidants and caffeine, which may boost energy and lower disease risk. Too many, on the other hand , might produce unpleasant side effects.

Can Coffee Beans Be Ground in a Blender?

Yes. The first step is to add a little quantity (around 1/4 cup) of beans to the blender. To break down the beans, pulse them on medium speed. A blender produces a coarser grind, which is ideal for using with a drip coffee machine, French press, or cold-brew brewing equipment.

Is It Better to Grind Your Own Coffee Beans?

If you have more control over the brewing process, you’ll have a higher chance of producing an excellent cup of coffee. This implies that hand grinding your own beans gives you greater control over the grind size, which has a significant influence on flavor.

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Should Coffee Beans Be Kept in the Fridge?

Even if in an airtight container, keep coffee out of the fridge. It isn’t cold enough to preserve your coffee fresh, and because coffee functions as deodorizes, it will absorb all the odors in your refrigerator.

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