how to make coffee with whole beans | (without Grinder!)

Photo of author

Johny Morrisson

✓ Fact Checked

♡ Written by Humans for Humans

Growing up I only knew two ways to use coffee beans to brew a cup of coffee either to buy a grinder to grind the whole bean coffee or to buy a pack of pre-ground coffee.

I always thought that it would take days to brew a cup of coffee with whole bean coffee and the taste would be watery.

But actually, there is a quick method (Not so Quick!) of brewing coffee with whole beans without grinding them that I am going to discuss in this article. I bet that you will get a strong cup of coffee (not watery). It will take more time to brew but it will not take days to brew a single cup of coffee. 

If you’re eager to explore this unique way to brew coffee without a grinder or find yourself without a grinder or pre-ground coffee, this article has you covered.

Things you need to brew coffee with whole beans

First, let us look at the supplies you need to brew coffee with beans without grinding them.

These supplies are already present in almost every kitchen you don’t need to buy anything extra.

  • Water (Filtered water would be better)
  • A saucepan to boil the water
  • Stovetop or anything to boil the water
  • A Mason Jar (should be made of strong glass)
  • A spoon for stirring
  • And obliviously a mug and whole coffee beans 


How do you make a cup of coffee with whole beans?

Let’s dive into a complete step-by-step process on how to make coffee with whole beans.

how to make coffee with whole beans
How to make coffee with whole beans

1- Heat the water in a saucepan

To begin, heat the water in a saucepan until it reaches a near-boiling point. It is advisable to use filtered or bottled water.

2- Measure the coffee beans

Meanwhile, the water is boiling, add your coffee beans to a Mason Jar. The desired amount of coffee beans depends on the strength of the brew you prefer.

I use a 1:15 Coffee Water ratio for a strong cup of coffee, translating to 16 grams or 2 scoops of coffee beans for a 240 mL cup.

3- Pour the water

Now pour the boiling water into the Mason Jar already filled with the coffee beans.

4- Heat the water

Again, fill the water in the saucepan and put it on the stovetop. You can use unfiltered or tap water in this step as you are not going to drink it.

5- Place the Mason Jar in a Saucepan

Now place the Mason Jar in the Saucepan. Make sure that the level of water in the Saucepan meets the level of water in the Mason Jar.

6- Allow it to steep

Keep the heat of the stovetop to medium and allow the coffee beans to steep for 1 hour. (Stirring is also recommended after every 5 to 10 minutes)

7- Pour and strain

Gently remove the saucepan from the stovetop and carefully pull out the Mason jar using towel pads.

Place the strainer over your coffee mug and slowly pour the freshly brewed coffee into the mug.

8- Sip and Enjoy

Take small sips and enjoy your cup of joe! I am sure that you will like the taste of coffee brewed from whole beans coffee.

How to make Cold Brew with whole bean coffee?

Cold brew coffee requires an extra coarse grind to optimize flavor extraction. Unlike hot brew, cold brew is never exposed to heat, preserving its distinct taste profile.

When using whole beans for cold brew, a slightly extended steeping period is required due to their reduced surface area and slower flavor extraction.

How to make Cold Brew with whole bean coffee

1- Put the coffee beans and filtered water into a glass jar or whatever container you want to use (Using an airtight container is a good option).

The recommended coffee-to-water ratio for cold brew is 1:4 (That means 1 cup of coffee beans for 4 cups of cold brew). This will make a strong Cold Brew concentrate that you can dilute later by adding ice, water, or milk.

2- Allow the mixture to steep for 24 hours at room temperature. 

3- Once 24 hours have passed, pour the cold brew into a separate container, straining it through a filter to remove the extracted coffee beans.

Can you use whole beans to make coffee?

Most of us grind the coffee beans to brew a cup of coffee. It is the most common and preferred way of brewing coffee as the small coffee grounds extract flavors more efficiently.

On the other hand, you can also make a great cup of coffee using whole-bean coffee and it actually has some benefits.

1- Ultimate Freshness: Ground coffee loses its flavor and aroma more rapidly than whole-bean coffee due to its increased surface area. Whole-bean coffee can retain its quality for up to 3 to 5 months when stored appropriately, while ground coffee’s freshness typically lasts only one month.

2- Consistent taste: While blade grinders and inexpensive grinders can be convenient, they often produce inconsistent grind sizes, leading to coffee with unbalanced flavors.

For the best taste, invest in a burr coffee grinder otherwise stick to whole beans or pre-ground coffee.

Another great advantage of brewing coffee with whole beans is that you can brew it anywhere. Whether you are on a camping trip or shifted to a new home (where you don’t have access to a grinder) this method of brewing will be very delightful for you.

Cons of using whole beans to brew coffee

While you can brew a good cup of coffee using whole beans it’s not always feasible, because:

1- You have to wait for a long time to brew coffee. You can brew a good cup of coffee using grounds in three to four minutes max, while you have to wait for an hour while using whole-bean coffee.

2- The second con is you have to use more coffee per cup while using whole beans. Economically speaking buying a good quality grinder will be more cost-effective than using whole beans.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it – a step-by-step guide to making a tasty cup of coffee with whole beans.

Sure, making coffee without a grinder isn’t the most efficient of brewing coffee and it will result in subpar flavors. Still, it’s a good hack if you don’t have access to a grinder.

Let me know in the comments how your coffee turns out using this guide. I’d love to hear your tips and tricks too!

Want to try something different? Read an interesting guide on Kopi Luwak AKA poop coffee


What’s The Best Way To Store Whole Coffee Beans?

Keep them in an airtight container in a cool, dark place! A cabinet or pantry works great. Just make sure no air, light or moisture gets in there, as all of that can make your beans go stale faster.

How Long Do Whole Beans Last?

Whole coffee beans typically maintain peak freshness for about a month when stored in an airtight container away from light, moisture, and heat. After that, they start losing their flavor, so it’s best to savor them while they’re at their prime!


Other Interesting Articles

Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About, bringing passion and expertise to the world of coffee.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.