The coffee grind plays a huge role in making a great cup of coffee. A coffee grinder is easy to use and gives you consistent results. However, some people don’t own a coffee grinder. While others, don’t want to add a grinder to their list of appliances. So this begs the question “can you grind coffee beans in a Vitamix”?
Can You Grind Coffee Beans in a Vitamix?
Absolutely, you can grind your coffee beans in a Vitamix. Grinding coffee beans in a Vitamix, Nutribullet, or a Ninja is quite easy and enjoyable. If you don’t own a coffee grinder, there’s no need to purchase one while you have a Vitamix blender. Furthermore, you can control the consistency of the grinds (either coarse grind, medium grind, or fine grind) using a Vitamix just like you would with a coffee grinder. So, whether you are grinding coffee beans for use in an espresso machine, French press, or a Turkish coffee maker, a Vitamix will do exactly that, depending on the grinding time and the power that you use.
Equally important, a Vitamix is easy to clean, unlike a coffee grinder. To clean a coffee grinder, you’ll have to scrub off all the coffee grounds in the grinder. However, when cleaning a Vitamix, all you have to do is fill the blender with water and soap, then blend for 60 seconds, and voila, your machine is clean.
Let’s take a look at how to grind coffee beans in a Vitamix.
How to Grind Coffee Beans in a Vitamix
You can grind coffee beans in a Vitamix using either the Vitamix dry container or the Vitamix wet container. However, the Vitamix dry container will give you the best results. Let’s look at the two methods of grinding coffee in a Vitamix.
Vitamix Dry Container
A Vitamix dry container offers you the best and most consistent grind sizes. Here’s what you need to do:
- Attach the dry container to your Vitamix
- Add your coffee beans
- Select variable speed 1 in your Vitamix blender. Turn on your machine and quickly increase the machine’s speed to variable 8
- Grind your coffee beans to the desired consistency. Grind for less than 10 seconds for a coarse grind that’s ideal for drip coffee and 10 to 20 seconds for a finer grind such as an espresso grind. Then turn off your blender
- From here, you can brew yourself a cup of joe.
Vitamix Wet Container
If you don’t have the Vitamix dry container, you can use the wet container. Here’s how to go about it.
- Attach the wet container to a Vitamix and add some coffee beans
- Grind the beans for 30 seconds while stopping occasionally to check the grind
- If your coffee beans are not fine by 30 seconds, manually pulse-blend them while checking the grind size after four to five pulses
- Brew yourself some coffee
Tips for Using a Vitamix to Grind Your Coffee Beans
Here are some ways to make a better grind using a Vitamix.
1. Grind in Batches
Grind your coffee beans in batches if they are a lot. By doing this, your grind size is more consistent and you lower the chances of overheating your Vitamix. Furthermore, overheating the Vitamix can result in bitter or burnt coffee.
2. Avoid Over Grinding
Grinding your coffee beans for more than 30 seconds can lead to overground coffee and an overheated blender. Usually, as the Vitamix blades heat up, your coffee beans will slightly roast, which may result in bitter and burnt coffee. Therefore, if you have to grind your beans for more than 30 seconds, pause your blender and allow it to cool.
3. Blend Grind Fresh
Only grind your coffee beans when you’re ready to drink your coffee. This way your coffee grounds are fresh and therefore resulting in a flavorful cup of coffee. Coffee grounds lose their flavor in 15 to 20 seconds of exposure to air as a result of oxidation. Therefore, brew your coffee as soon as you’ve ground your beans.
Types of Coffee Beans for a Vitamix
The best type of coffee beans to grind in a Vitamix is lightly acidic and mellow flavored coffee beans. You can purchase lighter-roasted Arabica coffee beans to grind in a Vitamix. When ground, these beans will make you a flavorful cup of joe rather than a bitter one. Usually, a Vitamix tends to over-grind your coffee beans as well as produce uneven coffee grounds. As a result, your coffee will taste bitter unlike it would have with even coffee grounds. The bitterness of coffee depends on the type of beans – either Arabica or Robusta, and the type of roast. Therefore, for a flavorful cup of joe using a Vitamix, choose coffee beans that taste mellow.
Coffee Beverages in a Vitamix
Apart from grinding coffee beans in a Vitamix, you can make yourself tasty coffee treats using the blender. If you love ice cream, you can try coffee ice cream recipes using a Vitamix. Some of the coffee beverages to make using the blender include iced cappuccinos, iced coffees, iced lattes, and other iced beverages that suit your preference.
You can grind your coffee beans in a Vitamix if you don’t own a coffee grinder. Furthermore, Vitamix is easy to use and easy to clean. Additionally, you can make some iced coffee beverages using the blender. However, ensure that you don’t over-grind your coffee beans and that you grind them in batches if they are many. Equally important, only grind your coffee beans when you’re ready to drink your coffee. Ground beans will lose flavor faster as a result of oxidation.