One of the best ways to make coffee taste as fresh as possible is to grind the beans up and use them immediately. Fortunately, the Vitamix blender is a great tool for making fresh ground coffee, preventing you from having to purchase and store another appliance.
The main steps to grinding coffee beans in a Vitamix are to add a few specific parts and then pour the whole coffee beans in. All you have to do after that is press the blender speed and grind them up until they are your desired consistency.
The following article is a more detailed step by step guide on how to grind coffee beans in a Vitamix blender. It also explains a few reasons why grinding coffee beans in a Vitamix is beneficial, and a few recommended Vitamix blenders that are best for grinding coffee.
Steps To Grinding Coffee Beans in a Vitamix
The steps to grinding coffee in a Vitamix blender are:
- Attach the dry grains container and pour in the beans
- Select variable 1 speed and slowly increase to variable 8
- Grind the beans for ten seconds
Once those steps are completed, you can use the fresh ground coffee in any way you want.
The vitamix blender comes with a special container that’s meant for blending dry grains. It’s designed to handle dry ingredients, such as ground coffee, more efficiently and effectively than a standard or wet container.
The blades of the container push the coffee grounds up and away, rather than pulling them down. This helps produce a more uniform grind on the beans, whether it be coarse or fine. This container is not necessary to grind coffee beans, but it is highly recommended to produce a fresher brew.
Once you have attached the dry grains container, pour the whole beans in until you’ve reached the desired measurement. The vitamix blender containers have measurements of the following amounts:
These measurements run along the sides of the blender containers, so you can measure while you pour. When you have measured your desired amount of coffee, place the lid on the blender and firmly press down so it's secured. Select the variable 1 speed option on the blender and turn it on slowly. Turning the blender on too fast can cause the coffee beans to “explode” up to the top of the blender. They can then stick to the lid and make it more difficult to clean. You should also turn on the blender slowly so that the blades can grab the coffee beans effectively. The better the blades grab the coffee beans, the better blended they will be.
Slowly increase the speed of the blender up to variable 8, and grind the beans until they reach your desired consistency. It usually only takes a Vitamix blender about ten seconds to grind coffee beans coarsely, but blending them a bit longer will make them finer. Once the beans are done, you can use them in any coffee recipe you’d like.
How To Use a Vitamix For Coffee Recipes
Vitamix blenders aren’t just good for grinding coffee beans. They can also be used to make delicious coffee recipes. There are plenty of recipes that cater to every type of coffee drinker, and they can all be made with a Vitamix.
The first step to making coffee recipes in a Vitamix is to brew your favorite coffee. Any type of coffee can be brewed, but for recipes that specifically call for iced coffee, it’s recommended to use espresso powder. The powder has a stronger flavor than coffee ground at home, and will make the coffee taste better.
For all the other recipes, the first step to brew coffee is to add the grounds to a regular coffee basket with a filter. Set the basket over the Vitamix blender and pour boiling water over it. The coffee should start to drip into the blender, and the last step is to let it drip until it reaches the measurement the recipe calls for. If the recipe is for iced coffee, then it's recommended to put a few ice cubes in the Vitamix before dripping the hot coffee over the container.
Tips For Making Coffee In A Vitamix
There are a few brewing tips you can use to make the coffee recipes taste better or make them easier to make. These tips aren’t necessary to make Vitamix coffee recipes, but they can be useful if you want to make them quicker or taste different.
The first tip that you can use when making coffee in a Vitamix is to use double strength iced coffee in recipes that call for iced coffee. The ice that’s used in cold coffee recipes can dilute the flavor of the coffee, so using double strength coffee to double the flavor can help you avoid that.
An alternative to using the pour and drip method described above is to use a French press. A French press pushes ground coffee into hot water and separates the grounds from the liquid with a mesh filter. For iced coffee recipes, you can chill the coffee after it’s been pressed, and pour it through a filter into the blender to remove any last grains of sediment.
Finally, the last tip you can use when making Vitamix coffee recipes is to use coffee ice cubes. Coffee ice cubes can be used in iced coffee recipes to help get rid of the diluted taste that regular ice cubes can cause. They can also be used in blended coffee recipes to get rid of the diluted coffee taste. To make coffee ice cubes, all you have to do is pour cooled coffee into ice cube tray molds and put them in the freezer until they are frozen thoroughly.
Pouring hot coffee into the trays can cause the plastic or rubber to morph and even melt, so it's important to make sure the coffee is cooled. Once the ice cubes are frozen, you can pop them out and put them in the Vitamix blender for any blended or iced coffee recipes.
Why Should I Grind Coffee Beans in a Vitamix?
A Vitamix blender is very useful for grinding coffee beans for multiple reasons. The blades are strong enough to handle whole beans, and ensures that each coffee bean will be fully blended.
It’s true that coffee blenders are designed to grind coffee beans, but they can take up more storage space in a kitchen and cost extra. A Vitamix blender is known for being able to perform multiple functions at once, including grinding and blending coffee beans. Since it can perform those tasks, there’s no need to purchase and store another appliance in your kitchen. But saving money and space isn’t the only benefit of grinding coffee beans in a Vitamix blender.
Vitamix Blender Blades
The main benefit is that Vitamix blenders are extremely durable. The motor is extremely powerful and can handle even the toughest ingredients, including dry coffee beans.
The blades on a Vitamix blender are made from high quality stainless steel that’s been laser cut. This makes the edges of the blades very sharp but also very durable, preventing them from dulling or rusting after repeated use.
The blades on a Vitamix blender also spin faster, spinning at a speed of about 240 miles per hour. This is significantly faster than the blade speeds of other blenders, which usually only spin at about 100 miles per hour. The faster blade speed means that the coffee beans can be ground to a very fine consistency, which can make for stronger tasting coffee. But the blades are also good for grinding coarser coffee, so a Vitamix blender is able to cater to all coffee preferences.
Vitamix Blender Lid
The blender lid on a Vitamix is designed to make it easier to grind coffee. The lid is designed with a vent and a plug that can be removed if you want to add more coffee beans while grinding them.
The vent and plug is meant to prevent any air from getting in or out, which can oxidize the coffee and make its flavor weaker. If you want to add more coffee, then you can remove the plug and pour in more beans. The vent and plug also prevent any messes from occurring while you’re grinding coffee beans. The vent is designed to have things poured into it, and catch any straw beans that might fall off. The plug also prevents any stray grounds from exploding upwards and getting out of the blender. With
Vitamix Blender Container
Finally, the Vitamix blender container is designed to make grinding coffee beans easier. From being BPA free to being just the right size for grinding every coffee bean, the Vitamix blender container makes coffee grinding very easy.
The container has measurements along the side of it as previously discussed, but other features the container has include being BPA free and being tall enough to ensure all coffee beans are ground. BPA stands for Bisphenol A, which is a chemical that is usually used in plastics. If the chemical is consumed, then it can cause certain health problems such as high blood pressure.
Fortunately, Vitamix blender containers don’t contain BPA that can seep into your coffee grounds. So you don’t have to worry about any health issues related to BPA while grinding your coffee. Lastly, the size of the blender container ensures that every coffee bean will be ground. It’s tall enough to accommodate the “headspace” that appears at the top of the bans as they are being ground.
“Headspace” is used to refer to the space that’s above coffee grounds, and is usually used to saturate them so they have more extraction potential. But sometimes the headspace can prevent each coffee bean from being ground, so you end up with chunks of unground coffee. The Vitamix blender container prevents this by being just the right height to accommodate that headspace, leaving no coffee bean unground.
Best Vitamixes To Grind Coffee Beans
You can use any Vitamix blender to grind coffee beans, but there are two that are the best ones for it. The best Vitamixes for grinding coffee beans are the Vitamix 5200 and the Vitamix Ascent Series, with dry containers.
The Vitamix 5200 blender is one of the best Vitamixes for grinding coffee because of how easy it is to adjust the speed to create different coffee textures. It has multiple settings for coarser coffee grounds and for finer coffee grounds, and can be adjusted depending on how coarse or fine you want the grounds to be. Furthermore, the top speed of the blades in this blender is enough to turn your coffee grounds into a fine powder within minutes.
In addition, the Vitamix 5200 has a self cleaning setting. Cleaning out a regular Vitamix blender after grinding coffee can be difficult, especially since it's recommended to clean the blender after each use. But with a Vitamix 5200, all you have to do is put a few drops of dish soap into the main container and press the self cleaning option. It will take the blender about 30 seconds to a minute to fully wash itself. After that, all you have to do is rinse it and let it air dry.
The second best Vitamix blenders for grinding coffee are any of the blenders in the Vitamix Ascent Series, with the dry containers. This series in the Vitamix line is ideal for dry ingredients, including coffee beans. The blenders come with self detecting technology that detects when to stop grinding if the coffee beans are all evenly ground. This allows for more consistent blending, without too much effort on your part.
Grinding coffee beans in a Vitamix blender is one of the most efficient and effective ways to have fresh coffee. Aside from the variety of features the blenders have to make the process easier, it’s also possible to make a variety of coffee recipes with the blender as well. And while any blender can be used to grind coffee beans, there are a few that can handle the process better than others.