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Can I Use Nutribullet to Grind Coffee Beans?

I’m sure you know that it’s always better to have freshly ground coffee to make coffee that tastes better and smoother.

That’s one of the secrets to savoring a cup of coffee rich in flavor and sweetness every morning. You won’t have to worry so much about oxidation because you will be grinding just enough scoops for the day.

But then, what if you don’t have a grinder? If you have a NutriBullet in your kitchen, can you grind coffee beans in a NutriBullet?

That is exactly what we want to find out in today’s post.

What Is a NutriBullet?

nutribullet and coffee beans

The NutriBullet is a blender and not a juicer. This means whatever you are making will have lots of pulp. The NutriBullet weighs about seven pounds and is around 14 inches tall.

The original model comes equipped with a 600-watt motor, one tall cup, power base, one extractor blade, and a milling blade, which is for dry ingredients like roasted coffee beans.

NutriBullet Original

The NutriBullet Original is compact, powerful, and comes with all the important accessories you need to get the job done. The original model has a 600-watt motor that is engineered for frozen blending, food prep, smoothies, and shakes. The intuitive, simple design is super easy to use.

NutriBullet Pro

The NutriBullet Pro is the nutrient extracting powerhouse that is engineered for anyone looking to use the power of nutrition to improve their health. Unlike the original model, the Pro comes with a powerful 900-watt motor for superior blending. The heavy-duty extractor blades are designed to use cyclonic technology to blend tough ingredients like your roasted coffee beans.

NutriBullet Rx

With this model, you get precision nutrition extraction. Unlike the two earlier models, the Rx comes with a 1700-watt motor. This is great because it will break down coffee beans with ease. Not to mention that it comes with large capacity accessories that will allow you to grind more coffee in one go.

Can You Grind Coffee Beans in a NutriBullet?

nutribullet grinding coffee beans

Yes, the NutriBullet will grind your coffee. Unlike conventional blenders that feature weak motors, the NutriBullet comes equipped with a powerful motor.

The Original model has a 600-watt motor, the Pro has a 900-watt motor, and the Rx has a 1700-watt motor. Not to mention that it comes with a uniquely designed milling blade.

The NutriBullet milling blade has a flat design that is perfect for grinding tough ingredients like coffee beans, grains, seeds, and nuts. You can even use it for chopping as long as you get the pulsing technique right. The blade, however, is only compatible with NutriBullet.

Difference Between Coffee Grinder and NutriBullet

Blender and grinder are two household appliances that are meant for mixing food substances but with differences.

Many people know that a grinder is used to grind something into powder. On the other hand, a blender as the name suggests is used to blend two or more substances. That’s correct, but here are the key differences:

  • A coffee grinder is designed to grind tough, dry ingredients like roasted coffee beans, nuts, seeds, and grains, whereas a blender is primarily designed to mix ingredients.
  • Most coffee grinders have removable grinding chambers for easy decanting of ground coffee and ease of cleaning, whereas most blenders come with a detachable pitcher for holding food substances.
  • Grinders usually have a short pitcher, whereas blenders have a long pitcher.
  • Most coffee grinders come equipped with conical burrs that are cooler and quieter, whereas the NutriBullet comes with flat burrs that are noisy and heat up fast.
  • Coffee grinders have multiple grind settings, whereas blenders have limited settings.

What Types of Grinds Are Possible With a NutriBullet?

There are three types of coffee grinds you can make with a NutriBullet, which include:

Coarse Ground

Making coarse ground coffee with a NutriBullet is simple. Just fill the pitcher with roasted coffee beans 3/4 full. This gives the milling blades enough space to grind the coffee. Attach the pitcher with beans to the motor and pulse it three times.

Medium Ground

For medium ground, fill the pitcher with 3/4 full roasted coffee beans and attach it to the motor. To get the best medium ground, pulse the blender five times.

Fine Ground

Fill the pitcher 3/4 full and run the blender in ten-second increments for about one to two minutes.

Detach the pitcher in between increments to shake the ground coffee to make sure that it has the same consistency. Then reattach it to the motor and ensure it is properly sealed. The fine particles usually move to the top and the large ones to the bottom.

How to Grind Coffee Beans in a NutriBullet

Enough with the talk. Now, let’s grind some roasted coffee beans with this thing.

What You Need

  • NutriBullet
  • Roasted ground coffee

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Choose the Appropriate Blade

You can use either the milling blade or the cross extractor blade. But most models come with the milling blade.

Step 2: Set Up the NutriBullet and Start Grinding

Get one of the tall cups and turn it upside down. Fill the cup with roasted coffee beans 3/4 full or up to the top level mark. Attach the milling blade and make sure that it is tight. Then, screw on the blade top to the motor. Gently push down and hold to start grinding.

For coarse ground, pulse the blender three times (approximately three seconds). For medium ground, pulse the blender five times (about six seconds). For fine ground, run the NutriBullet in 10-second increments for a maximum of two minutes. You can go for an extra-fine ground by grinding the coffee for more than two minutes.

Pull out the pitcher and open the milling blade to check the size of the grind. Make sure you hold the pitcher with the mouth facing upwards to avoid spilling the coffee.

Step 3: Empty the Pitcher

Your ground coffee is ready for use. Empty the pitcher and store the coffee in a dark, airtight container. Now you are ready to make your drip coffee or espresso.

How to Clean a NutriBullet

So, how easy is it to clean a NutriBullet? It is pretty easy.

What You Need

  • Detergent
  • Water
  • Kitchen sponge
  • Kitchen brush

Directions

Start by separating the parts of the NutriBullet.

The first part you have to wash is the milling blade. Use a small amount of liquid detergent to clean the inner side containing the flat blade. Rinse it with lukewarm water and set it aside to dry.

Clean the cup next. Add lukewarm water and some detergent into the cup and give it a swirl. Use a kitchen brush to scrub off any deposits and stains of coffee.

The base of the NutriBullet, however, is a little bit tricky to clean because you cannot expose it to water. It is the part that houses the motor.

To clean the base, first, you have to disconnect it from the wall socket. Then with a damp sponge wipe the outside and inside of any coffee ground. Using a small brush dipped in warm, soapy water, give the base a light scrub. Use the small brush to clean the actuators of any ground coffee. Use a blunt object to depress the actuators to dislodge any stuck-on debris.

Use a dry towel to wipe off the power base. Always ensure your power base is completely dry before using it again.

FAQs

Can you grind roasted coffee beans in a regular food blender?

You can grind roasted coffee beans in your regular food blender. But the thing is, you have to grind small quantities at a time. Use medium speed to pulse the coffee beans. A food blender, however, produces coarser ground coffee, which is good for cold brew, French press, and drip coffee.

Can You Grind a Small Amount of Coffee Beans with a NutriBullet?

You can grind a small amount, but it shouldn’t be less than half the cup. For the best grinding performance, consider filling the cup 3/4 full.

Are all the parts of the NutriBullet dishwasher safe?

The tall and short cups, the blades, and the lip rings are dishwasher safe. But the power base isn’t dishwasher safe.

Can you use the NutriBullet milling blade with other blenders?

No, the milling blade is only compatible with NutriBullet.

Final Thoughts

Can you grind coffee beans in a NutriBullet? Yes, you can because the NutriBullet is a special type of blender. Apart from blending food items for making smoothies, this tool is purposely built to grind dry ingredients.

That is why it is capable of grinding roasted coffee beans. Not to mention that you can produce different grind levels by varying the pulsing time. Coarse ground coffee is the easiest to make with just a few pulses, followed by medium ground and fine ground.

So, if you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can always rely on your NutriBullet.

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Known among her friends as 'the caffeine fiend', Krista loves all things coffee. From an extremely short, strong espresso to a 3 day cold brew, Krista loves them all.

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