Think your Vitamix is for smoothies only? No way! Let’s look at this blender powerhouse and answer the question: Can a Vitamix Grind Coffee? Remember to check out the video below!
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What Is a Vitamix?
I have had my trusty red Vitamix for at least 12 years, and it has held up to all the things I have attempted to blend over the years. Fruits and veggies? No problem! Almonds for almond milk? Piece of cake! But I had not tried to grind coffee beans until recently.
So let me back up for a minute. You may be asking, “Hey Christen, wait a minute, I don’t even know what a Vitamix is. What is it? And do I need one?”
Well, the answer is, I will tell you and you decide.
A Vitamix is an ultra-powerful blender. Not only does it blend, but due to its strong motor it heats up too.
Making it possible to make soup in under 10 minutes in the actual Vitamix! Think that’s all it can do? Nope. It can also grind grains and nuts, pulverize most ingredients, and a Vitamix can last 10 years or more with proper care.
For many kitchen jobs, the Vitamix can replace your food processor, your best blender, and a small kitchen appliance or two, such as a coffee grinder or spice mill.
This big brother of a blender is super simple to use, easy to clean (check out How to Clean a Vitamix here) and has precise speed controls that allow for customizable blending no matter your project.
Taking your ingredients all the way from coarse grind to fine grind without even having a burr grinder makes the Vitamix a key player in any kitchen.
Note: Depending on the model of Vitamix blender you have, size may vary. For example, I have a Vitamix 5200. The 5200 model is 20.5 inches tall when the container is attached to the base. It is 7.3 inches wide and 8.75 inches deep (from front to back).
Knowing this is important for storage of your machine. Because of the height of my cabinets, I cannot place my fully assembled machine on the counter beneath my cabinets.
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Can a Vitamix Grind Coffee?
Mmm, coffee. Picture, if you will, a comfy chair with a giant, soft blanket. A lamp cast a soft glow over this space.
Your favorite book and a delicious cup of coffee sit on a side table. I believe this is the picture you would see in a dictionary next to the word cozy.
It paints a lovely picture. But what does this have to do with a Vitamix? If you are like me, you prefer your kitchen tools to be multifunctional because space in your kitchen comes at a premium.
If you like to save time and space, then the Vitamix is where it’s at. (Disclaimer: Not sponsored by Vitamix. I truly love mine!)
It may be tall when fully assembled, but it can save you space by taking the place of a few different kitchen gadgets or small appliances.
But, Can a Vitamix Grind Coffee?
Okay, let’s put the Vitamix blender to the test, shall we?
I know what you might be thinking, “But Christen, I can just go to the store and buy coffee already ground.” Yes, yes you can.
But have you ever had the delightful aroma of fresh ground coffee waft past your nose? Have you ever taken a deep breath and enjoyed the deep, rich fragrance of a kitchen that smells like freshly brewed coffee from grinding your own coffee beans?
You haven’t?!?!? Well we are going to change that today. After all, a great cup of coffee comes from whole beans.
Alright coffee enthusiast, let’s first start with the beans. Part of the beauty of the Vitamix is the ability to produce small batches of ingredients.
So get creative! Try different varieties of coffee until you find the best type of coffee beans for your taste.
For the best consistency and a more consistent blend, the Vitamix blender utilizes a rolling motion of the stainless steel blades. This particular action of the blades produces an even texture.
Grind uniformity produces a similar result to a high-quality coffee grinder. The consistency of the grind releases the natural oils of the beans.
The grinding process that the Vitamix model utilizes results in a superior taste that is sought after in many specialty coffee houses.
- Be sure to follow care instructions in your instruction manual to ensure the longevity of your machine.
- Always rinse your Vitamix container directly after use. This makes it a breeze to clean. Simply add water and a drop of dish soap. Replace the lid and turn on. Increase the speed as necessary to make sure all sides were washed. Then rinse again, and dry.
- NEVER put your hands or any utensil except the provided tamper inside the Vitamix container while it is running.
Steps to Grinding Coffee Beans in a Vitamix
For the first step, I am going to take whole coffee beans, and decide how much to add to my Vitamix blender container. This way you are only grinding what you will be using for a fresh tasting cup of coffee every time.
You will want to determine if your coffee brews best with a coarser grind, or an espresso grind, which is closer to the texture of confectioner’s sugar.
Just an FYI, 4 Tablespoons of coffee beans will yield about 3 and a half teaspoons of coffee grinds.
Also, take into account what type of coffee drinks you plan to make. A simple cup of joe, iced coffee, cold brew, or a fancy espresso coffee beverage with whipped cream on top!
For example, I use a 24 ounce French Press to brew my coffee. I will need to add a heaping tablespoon of coffee grounds for every 6.7 ounces of water. If I am going to make 24 ounces of coffee (equivalent to six 4 ounce cups), I will need to add 3 and 1/2 heaping Tablespoons of coffee grounds to the French Press.
Texture of the grind and the particular variety of coffee beans affect flavor profile and style of drink. This may all sound very fancy and advanced. I’m no barista. I just point these tips out so you have as much information as possible when trying to recreate your favorite drinks at home!
Next, after making sure that your container is completely dry with dry blades, add your whole bean coffee to the Vitamix dry grains container. If you can only find the wet container, you can still use that too. We will get into kitchen organization another time. I know I need it too!
Then, it’s time to actually grind the beans! For a coarse grind, set the Vitamix variable speed to 1 slowly turn the dial up to variable speed 8. You will grind the coffee beans for about 10 seconds.
For a finer grind, start at variable speed 1 and increase the speed to 8, but allow the beans to grind for 20 seconds. This will be more of an espresso roast consistency.
Now you can use your freshly ground coffee however you prepare your favorite cup!
Pro tip: Leftover coffee?
Hey, that happens sometimes. Don’t pour it down the drain! Once cool, take your delicious leftover coffee and pour it into an ice cube tray. Freeze it for future use in iced coffee or cold blended coffee drinks. Keep it cool without watering down that wonderful java.
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