Lifehacker.com is a pretty fantastic website. From career advice to Macgyver tricks, it's a one-stop shop for helpful how-to's and baffling whodathunkits – like a situational Wikipedia with a love-on for Jezebel.
So of course they occasionally address coffee. In fact, there's over 903 mentions in their search results, ranging from the mostly-dumb (“Flavor Whole Coffee Beans with Spices”) to the eminently practical (“Rinse Your Coffee Filters for a Cleaner, Better Tasting Cup of Coffee”). But their latest feature really hit us close to home, for it has only been a few weeks since the holidays, and that's when 1/2 of Sprudge found himself trapped in a remote location with a loving husband, some wacky family members, a delicious bag of coffee, and nary a proper coffee grinder. That's when we reached for the blender – a home method that has now been endorsed by Lifehacker:
“We wondered if there was a specific way to use the blender to grind the coffee beans, and it turns out there is. eHow suggests setting your blender on “Grind” if you have that setting, or using a speed of eight or nine if you do not and adding small amounts of beans gradually. Of course, you don't want to run the blender while the top is open. You just grind up a few until they get as fines as they're going to get, stop, add a few more, and repeat the process. This isn't a replacement for a proper coffee grinder, and you can often just go into a store with a coffee grinder and ask them to help you out, but if you have to do it at home (or would prefer to) this is a decent alternative.”
It turned out OK. Read the full Lifehacker feature here.