A good majority of people and coffee shops make their coffee using pre – ground or freshly ground coffee. They would then use different brewing methods, such as a French Press or Espresso machine, to make the drink.
However, did you know that you can also brew coffee beans without grinding them first? Here is our guide on how to make coffee using whole beans.
Why Use Whole Coffee Beans Instead Of Grinding Them First?
There are a few key reasons why you should brew coffee using whole beans rather than grinding them first.
The first reason is so that you do not have to worry about uneven grinds.
Some grinders, especially blade grinders, cannot fully grind coffee beans. This means that the texture of the ground coffee is imperfect, which makes it difficult to brew evenly at the same rate. Part of that ground coffee will be over extracted, creating a strong bitter taste, while part of it will be under extracted, which means a weak sour flavour.
This is obviously not ideal as you get the worst of both spectrums, creating an unbalanced and poor cup of coffee.
Another big reason why brewing coffee directly from whole beans is more ideal compared to grinding them first is that ground coffee deteriorates in both quality and freshness quickly. Due to having a larger surface area than whole beans, ground coffee comes into contact with more carbon dioxide, oxygen, and moisture.
This results in contamination which will severely and negatively affect the richness, aroma, and taste of the resulting brewed coffee. Unless you are brewing your coffee immediately, it is better to store coffee in whole bean form.
The last reason we are going to discuss is the preparation and brewing time. When using ground coffee, you will need to take some time in grinding the coffee beans first. This is not ideal for those who are rushing (such as making coffee before going to work). Decent quality coffee grinders are also often quite pricey, so it really is not a budget friendly option.
Making coffee using coffee beans, on the other hand, does not require you a lot of labour or time to make. You also don’t have to spend on a new grinder, so this option is certainly more budget friendly.
Things You Will Need To Brew Coffee Using Whole Beans Without A Grinder
To make coffee using whole beans without grinding them first, you will need to prepare the following things:
- Whole coffee beans
- Mason jar
Steps To Make Coffee Using Whole Beans Without A Grinder
Follow these simple steps to make delicious coffee using whole beans:
- Place around 100 grams of roasted whole bean coffee into the mason jar
- Fill the mason jar with water up to three – quarters full
- Pour water into a saucepan and Insert your jar into the saucepan (make sure that they have similar water levels and temperature)
- Place the saucepan on top of the stove and start simmering the water
- Make sure to occasionally stir the whole beans
- After about an hour, turn off the heat
- Place a strainer on top of a mug and pour the coffee and water into it. The coffee beans will be filtered by the strainer while the coffee liquid will flow into the mug
- Your coffee is now ready to be served. If it is too strong for your liking, you can add a bit of hot water to dilute it