Whole beans coffee retains all its natural oils and flavors and better retains its freshness until it is ready to be brewed.

The size of the grind will affect the taste and texture of the coffee and should take into account the brewing process chosen.

If a grinder is unavailable, you can use a blender to grind the beans.

Mastering the Art: How to Make Coffee with Whole Beans

Who doesn’t love waking up to the delightful aroma and taste of a freshly brewed pot of hot coffee in the morning? The caffeine rush feels like a warm embrace—assuring us that the day ahead will be alright. If you’re ready to step up your coffee game and truly indulge in a level above a decent brew, you need to divert your attention from the simple cup of coffee to whole bean coffee.

Making coffee using freshly ground whole beans will open new and exciting avenues that can radically transform your daily coffee ritual. We will discuss everything you need to know about making coffee with whole beans.

And for those eager to delve deeper into the art of choosing the perfect beans, don’t forget to check out our insightful article on selecting the right coffee beans for your brew.

Now, let’s start with the basics!

What Is Whole Bean Coffee?

If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you’ve likely come across the term “whole bean coffee.” But what exactly is it, and why do coffee connoisseurs cherish it everywhere?

Well… Whole beans are coffee beans that have not yet been ground up. Unlike pre-ground coffee readily available in the market, whole beans are still in their purest form because the protective outer layer is still intact. This means that whole bean coffee retains all its natural oils and flavors and remains fresh until it is ready to be brewed.

So, with that out of the way, the question is…

Can You Make Coffee with Just Whole Beans?

The short answer is “Yes!” If you’re asking yourself, “How to make coffee with whole beans without grinding them?” The answer is pretty simple! All you need to do is put the desired quantity of coffee beans into hot water and let them simmer for around one hour.

However, you might be disappointed with the results! While the outcome of this technique is usually a passable and smooth cup of coffee, most coffee enthusiasts consider the taste very weak and lacking the unique coffee flavor notes they crave. (Not to mention that it is a comparatively time-consuming process and also wastes precious coffee beans.) In fact, coffee brewing expert Kevin Sinnott says that perfecting your grind is the single most important part of brewing a perfect cup of coffee!

So, what is the process of making whole bean coffee with a grinder?

Making Whole Bean Coffee with a Grinder

Making whole bean coffee with a grinder is a comparatively more efficient way to brew coffee with just the right flavor notes. This process also eliminates the oxidation issue of the coffee beans after they’ve been ground. We’ve highlighted some of the most important steps for you below.

1. Choose the Right Beans

Selecting the proper whole bean coffee that suits your preferences is vital. Do you prefer a rich and robust dark roast, a smooth and creamy medium roast, or a bright and fruity light roast? Either way, you have the power to pick YOUR favorite coffee! You can find whole bean coffee in various roasts. Unlike ground coffee, whole beans remain fresher and have all their essential oils preserved.

2. Measure the Grind Size

The next step in making a delicious pot of coffee is to get your coffee grinder and measure the desired quantity of whole beans. Remember that the grind size will affect the taste and texture of the coffee, and you should consider the brewing process you choose. If you’re using a French press, you can go for a coarser and chunkier grind because the brew will be longer. If you prefer drip or pour-over coffee, aim for a medium grind, but if you’re looking to make an espresso, you’ll need a very fine grind to support a very quick brewing process.

3. Grind Your Beans

Now, adjust your coffee grinder to the right setting. Remember to grind whole beans coffee before brewing to ensure maximum freshness and control over the grind size. This way, you can preserve the aromatic oils and flavors and produce a rich and flavorful brew. Modern electric burr grinders will give you full and precise control over the grind size, allowing you to adjust for almost every brewing method.

4. The Brewing Process

After you’ve finished measuring and grinding the coffee beans, it’s time to prepare your coffeemaker. Ensure the filters are correctly placed, and gather any additional equipment required for your chosen brewing method. You may need tools like a tamper, steam pitcher, and portafilter for espresso coffee.

Once all the equipment is ready, pour the freshly ground coffee into the filter and add water accordingly. Some modern machines even have built-in water heaters for added convenience. Now, initiate the brewing process and take a moment to relax as you witness the magic unfold. Allow the delightful aroma to surround you as the coffee brews to perfection.

Carefully pour the brewed coffee into your favorite mug, and relish the moment.

Ah, but what if you don’t have a grinder? What alternatives do you have for grinding your coffee? Well, that leads us to our next point…

Making Whole Beans Coffee Without a Grinder

The world is full of uncertainties! Your coffee grinder could break down or malfunction due to a catastrophic accident; you might find yourself in a strange new place without a coffee grinder! If you find yourself without a coffee grinder and overflowing with whole beans, you’d be glad to know that you still have some practical options for grinding your coffee.

1. Use a Blender

Your blender can serve as a coffee bean grinder when you are in a pickle. Some modern blenders even have a designated “grinder” setting for this very purpose. In fact, industry veteran Allen Leibowitz shared with us that this is exactly how he grinds his coffee when he goes to visit his brother, who doesn’t own coffee equipment!

If your blender doesn’t have this setting, you can still use the standard mode to grind the beans. However, apply caution by testing out a small amount of beans first. After completing a successful test, firmly secure the lid and start your grind in small bursts since running your blender continuously can overheat the beans’ oils. This will result in a bitter-tasting coffee.

Note: You should tilt the blender from side to side and give it an occasional shake to move the larger chunks into the blades.

2. The Mortar and Pestle Method

The mortar and pestle represent one of the most traditional methods for grinding coffee beans. For centuries, long before electric blenders and even manual grinders, this method served as the cornerstone of coffee preparation around the world. This practice continues to this day through the Ethiopian coffee ceremony, where green coffee is roasted at home in a pan over a coal burner. The coffee is then ground using a mortar and pestle before being brewed and served to family and guests.

You can also use a mortar and pestle to grind your coffee. This method gives you a surprising amount of control over the size of the grind. First, fill the mortar with a quarter full of coffee beans. Hold the mortar with one hand and use the pestle in the other to crush the beans, applying different pressure levels. Crush them with a twisting motion, and continue until you’ve acquired the desired fineness. For best results, only fill one-fourth of the mortar at a time.


Mastering making coffee using whole beans will unlock new and unparalleled coffee-drinking experiences. As whole bean coffee retains its natural oils and flavorful goodness until it’s ready to be brewed, using it instead of pre-ground coffee promises a fresh and tasty caffeine experience. Understanding how to choose the right beans, measuring the grind size, and choosing the grinder type plays a vital role in how your coffee turns out. If you don’t have a grinder, you can use a blender or a traditional mortar and pestle to grind the whole beans coffee.

Wishing you the best coffee experience. Special cheers to you, from all of us at U3 Coffee, on selecting your favorite coffee beverage with more knowledge. The perfect aroma, coupled with the best flavor, awaits you. #coffeemugsunite

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