View Full Version : Emergeny grinder solution
10-23-2008, 04:13 PM
I have 4kg of green beans, an aeropess, a vac pot and 250g of roasted beans on the way to me [don't as how or why just know u lot are enablers] and I want to know if I can roast and grind with household items, namely a pan and a variable speed food processor/blender station
if needs be I will splash out on my grinder but these will be here long before that.
10-23-2008, 04:15 PM
My brother in law grinds his coffee with a small kitchen food blender thigny, takes a bit of getting to know your equipment to get it working out well.
10-23-2008, 06:16 PM
In a pinch, yes you can use a food processor for grinding the coffee. You won't get great results, but you should be able to still brew a cup that is at least half decent.
As far as roasting, I seriously doubt that a pan will work. If you have an air popper used for popcorn, that can work quite well for your purposes. Again, not quite as good as a purpose built roaster, but you can definitely get decent results with one, assuming that you know what you're looking for.
10-23-2008, 06:53 PM
a variable speed food processor/blender station
Been there, done that. You'll get absolutely abysmal results from a blender, and will be unlikely to produce anything palatable (even in comparison to canned Folgers), due to the extreme variability in the grind. A ten-dollar blade grinder from the grocery store will, as bad as it is, give better results.
I've never pan-roasted, but there are several members here who are quite happy with pan-roasting, so you might want to talk to them. Heck, start a thread called "pan-roasting hints" to drive them out of the the woodwork. *grin*
10-24-2008, 03:54 PM
You can get a coffee grinder dirt cheap.... The cheapo whirly-blade grinders can be had for less than $15. They won't hold a candle to a good grinder, but grinding your own will make a huge difference in your coffee.
10-24-2008, 10:27 PM
yeah, a whirly-blade is far better than nothing....when you decide to upgrade, it'll be a great spice grinder for years to come.
10-25-2008, 12:50 AM
A friend just bought me a Krups burr grinder, think he paid about £30 for it from John Lewis. Works like a dream :biggrin:
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