The short answer is YES! The Ninja blender can definitely grind coffee beans. The Ninja Blender has established itself as a versatile and powerful kitchen tool that can handle a wide range of culinary tasks.
In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll be using the Ninja Foodi Power Blender with Auto IQ. I’ll show you whether the Ninja Blender can effectively grind coffee beans and guide you through the process. If you’re a coffee enthusiast looking to achieve a fresh grind from your beans, keep reading to discover how to make the most of your Ninja Blender.
Before we delve into the tutorial, let’s first understand why the grind size of coffee beans is so critical. The grind size directly impacts the flavor extraction process during brewing. Different brewing methods require specific grind sizes to optimize the taste, aroma, and overall quality of your coffee. A finer grind is ideal for methods like espresso, while a coarser grind is suitable for French press coffee or cold brew, but if you’re in a pinch your Ninja blender is a great way to grind your own coffee beans.
About The Ninja Foodi Blender
Ninja Foodi Power Blender has Variable Speed Control with smart torque to power through and never seize up or stall. Ninja’s Most Powerful Blender system that crushes, food processes, and makes smoothie bowls and dough. Boasting 1400 watts of power to power through heavy loads at any speed so there’s no need to stir or shake using the variable speed control. Start slow and ramp up as needed for precision chopping and mixing 72-oz Power Blender & Processor Pitcher: crush, chop, and make smoothie bowls and dough conveniently in one pitcher 14-oz Smoothie Bowl makes frozen foods with less liquid for perfectly thick smoothie bowls, nut butters, and blender ice cream. The combination of this powerful blender and its sharp blades can easily produce fresh ground coffee beans in just a few minutes. Along with being able to grind coffee beans the Ninja blender can also be used as a spice grinder and to grind nuts and seeds for homemade nutbutters.
To get started, gather the following tools and equipment:
- Ninja Blender: Make sure your blender comes with a hybrid edge blade, which is designed to handle tasks like grinding coffee beans.
- Standard Pitcher attachment or Single serve cup attachment (depending on the amount you’ll be blending)
- Quality Coffee Beans: Choose whole beans that match your taste preferences and the brewing method you intend to use.
- Measuring Tools: A kitchen scale and measuring spoons will help you accurately measure your coffee beans, ensuring consistency.
Choosing the Right Grind Size:
Before you begin grinding, determine the ideal size of the grind size based on your preferred brewing method.
Here’s a quick reference:
- Coarse Grind: Perfect for French press coffee, cold brew, or iced coffee.
- Medium Grind: Ideal for drip coffee makers.
- Medium-Fine Grind: Best for single-serve pour-overs
- Fine Grind: Necessary for espresso and Moka pot brewing.
Preparing the Ninja Blender
- Ensure that your Ninja Blender is clean and dry before starting.
- Insert the blade into the blender pitcher. This blade is designed to handle the rigors of grinding coffee beans.
- Use your kitchen scale to measure the appropriate amount of coffee beans based on your chosen brewing method.
- Open the blender pitcher and carefully pour in the measured whole coffee beans. Avoid overloading the pitcher to ensure an even grind.
- Place the lid securely on the pitcher to avoid any mess.
- Set your blender to the lowest speed setting or the pulse setting.
- Pulse the blender in short bursts, holding down the pulse button for 2-3 seconds each time. This prevents the beans from overheating and ensures an even grind.
- After each pulse, check the progress of the grind. Depending on your desired grind size, you may need to pulse multiple times through the grinding process.
Assessing Grind Consistency
- Stop pulsing when you achieve the desired grind consistency.
- Open the lid and use a spoon to examine the coffee grounds. If you notice any uneven pieces, gently shake the blender pitcher to redistribute them and pulse again to achieve a consistent grind size.
- If you’re aiming for an espresso-level medium-fine or fine grind, be aware that this might be challenging with a blender.
- Work in small batches for best results. Grind one cup of coffee beans at a time for a perfect grind in the pitcher and half a cup in the single-serve cup.
- For further refinement, consider sifting the coffee grounds through a fine mesh sieve to remove any larger particles.
Storing or Brewing
- Transfer the freshly ground coffee grounds to an airtight container if you’re not brewing immediately. This helps preserve the flavor and aroma of the beans.
- Brew the desired amount of fresh ground coffee in the Ninja Coffee Maker for the perfect cup of coffee.
Cleaning the Blender
- Properly clean your Ninja Blender after grinding coffee beans to avoid any flavor transfer.
- Disassemble the blender components and wash them thoroughly to remove any coffee residue.
- The best way to thoroughly clean containers, lids, and blade assemblies is by washing them in the dishwasher. Ensure the blade assembly and lid are removed from the container before placing it in the dishwasher.
Blender Vs. Burr Coffee Grinder
A burr grinder is a type of coffee grinder that uses two revolving abrasive surfaces (burrs) to crush and grind coffee beans into consistent particle sizes. The burrs are typically made of ceramic or stainless steel and can be adjusted to control the fineness or coarseness of the coffee grounds produced. The distance between the burrs determines the size of the grounds, and adjusting this distance allows for precise control over the grind size, which is important for different brewing methods like espresso, drip coffee, French press, and more. Burr grinders are favored by coffee lovers and professionals because they produce uniform grounds that contribute to a better extraction and flavor in the brewed coffee compared to a blade grinder like the Ninja Blender, which chops the beans irregularly and could have an inconsistent grind.
While the Ninja Blender is not specifically designed as a coffee bean grinder, it can certainly be used for grinding coffee beans with some adjustments. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can achieve a consistent grind that enhances your morning coffee brewing experience. Keep in mind that while the Ninja Blender can serve as a budget-friendly option for occasional coffee grinding, serious coffee aficionados might still prefer a dedicated coffee grinder for its precision. However, for those looking to enjoy freshly ground coffee in a convenient manner, your Ninja Blender can be a versatile addition to your small appliance lineup.
The convenience of utilizing an existing appliance for multiple purposes cannot be overlooked, and the Ninja blender has shown that it has adaptability by producing satisfactory coffee grounds suitable for various brewing methods for those seeking an efficient and multifunctional appliance. The Ninja Blender proves to be a valuable tool capable of delivering quality results beyond expectations.
Ninja appliances for the coffee lover in your life.
- The NinjaEspresso & Coffee Barista System allows you to brew with your favorite single-serve espresso capsules and coffee grounds. Brew a Classic, Rich, or Iced Coffee in up to 9 brew sizes from cup to carafe, or brew an Espresso, Lungo, or Over Ice single-serve espresso with your favorite espresso capsules. Create coffeehouse drinks with the built-in, fold-away frother.
- Ninja Coffee Bar-Milk Frother
- The NinjaDualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System delivers Classic, Rich, Over Ice, and Specialty brews from your favorite coffee grounds or coffee pods. Customize your brew with 9 grounds sizes from cup to carafe and 4 pod sizes
- The Ninja Precision Temperature Electric Kettle gives you the most flavor out of every cup. With 7 one-touch presets, manual temperature control, and the Hold Temperature setting, brew at the perfect temperature for each tea or coffee type!
No, use the blade specifically designed for dry ingredients. It’s important to avoid using blades meant for other tasks to ensure proper grinding and prevent damage to your blender.
It’s recommended to grind coffee beans in smaller batches to avoid overcrowding the blender pitcher, which can lead to uneven grinding.
Open the blender lid and examine the coffee grounds after each pulse. The desired consistency will depend on your chosen brewing method. You can experiment with different pulse durations for varied grind sizes.
Sifting is optional but can help achieve a more uniform grind, especially if you’re aiming for a fine grind. It’s a step that coffee purists might appreciate.
Yes, BUT keep in mind that the flavor of coffee can transfer to other foods. I recommend a through washing in the dishwasher prior to using it again for something else.
While the Ninja Blender can produce fine grounds, achieving the precision required for espresso might be challenging. Serious espresso enthusiasts may prefer a dedicated espresso grinder.
Disassemble the blender components and wash them thoroughly with warm soapy water or place in the dishwasher to remove any coffee residue.
Yes, you can use flavored coffee beans, but keep in mind that the flavor might transfer to the blender components. Ensure thorough cleaning to prevent flavor mixing.
Pulsing the blender in short bursts prevents overheating and maintains the quality of the coffee grounds.
The Ninja Blender can achieve consistent grinds for various brewing methods, but it might not provide the precision required for highly specialized methods like espresso.