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Brewing Coffee with Whole Beans, No Grinder Required


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Brewing whole coffee beans may not be as common a practice as brewing freshly ground coffee, but it is a delicious way to prepare your favorite coffee variety. Let’s face it, achieving the same level of deliciousness that your local baristas prepare is no easy feat. Your local coffee shops are outfitted with expensive, industrial devices and well-trained baristas that make achieving the perfect cup of java at home near impossible. Coffee grinders, quite possibly the most important gadget in yielding a well-blended and evenly brewed cup of coffee, can be rather expensive. Furthermore, they can take up counter space that you may not be willing to sacrifice. So why not skip the grinder?

Moreover, even if having the equipment at home isn’t your obstacle, knowing how to brew your coffee with whole beans is a really useful skill to have in situations where you have neither power nor a grinder. Even without these creature comforts, you could still cozy up with a hot cup of your favorite blend in a power outage or on a camping trip. Let’s take a look at why and how you would brew whole coffee beans.

Why Brew with Whole Beans?

One of the few reasons ground coffee beans are used is to create an even blend. However, if you don’t own a coffee grinder, but you’re craving a delicious cup of java, don’t stress. You can brew a well-blended cup of coffee by preparing the beans in their whole, natural state. Furthermore, coffee beans deteriorate after grinding, so by leaving them in their whole form you can maintain the integrity of your coffee for quite some time.

How to Brew Whole Bean Coffee

You’ll only need a few common-kitchen utensils to brew a delicious blend with whole bean coffee. Here’s what you’ll need to gather:

  • Whole bean coffee
  • Boiling water in a saucepan
  • Strainer
  • 1-pint mason jar


  • Fill a mason jar to the 3 oz. mark with whole coffee beans
  • Add 1 cup of boiling water to the jar
  • Place your mason jar in the pot of water, adding water to the pot to match the level of water in the Mason jar.
  • Turn your burner down and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Carefully remove the hot mason jar from the pot, using tongs or a towel.
  • Strain the coffee into your favorite mug and prepare it to your liking.

So, Why Whole Bean Brewing?

Plainly, you can experience the robust and flavorful blends of your favorite coffee shop at home with supplies you already have. Whole-bean brewing doesn’t require any special equipment or outrageous investment. Simply purchase your best-loved coffee beans from your favorite local purveyor, gather a few conventional kitchen supplies, and boil water. It’s truly that simple. You don’t require commercial equipment, fancy gadgets, or brewing prowess. Brewing whole bean coffee is so simple, but the delicious reward is masterful.

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