Can You Boil Whole Coffee Beans To Make Coffee?

While you don’t boil the coffee beans directly, using whole coffee beans to brew coffee does require you to use hot boiled water.

Many assume that you MUST grind coffee beans before you brew them. This statement is incorrect, it surprises many to find out, you can brew delicious coffee using whole coffee beans.

So if you find yourself without a coffee grinder, there is no need to worry.

Grinders do minimal to improve the flavor of the coffee. Coffee grinders work by breaking down whole coffee beans into smaller pieces or fines to help speed up the brewing process.

How You Can Brew Whole Coffee Beans To Make Coffee

The entire process of making coffee out of whole beans is easy.

Yes, the process is easy. Unfortunately, compared to other brewing methods, using whole coffee beans does take longer to brew.

What you need:

While any pot will do the trick, I’ve always preferred ones similar to the Imusa Stock Pot or the Cook N Home Nonstick Stockpot. Whatever pot you use, ensure that it has a flat bottom and is high enough to hold the mason jar.

  1. Fill the mason jar up with 2-3oz of whole coffee beans.
  2. Add one cup of hot water into the mason jar. The whole coffee beans will begin to float to the top.
  3. Place the mason jar into the pot and fill the pot up with hot water.
    The water should be the same level as the water in the mason jar.
  4. Place the pot onto the stove and bring the water to a simmer, increasing or decreasing the head as needed.
  5. Leave it on the stove, simmering for approximately 1 hour.
  6. After one hour, remove the mason jar from the pot. Be careful as the water could be hot and you might burn yourself.
  7. Pour out the brewed coffee into a cup, leaving the beans behind.

Enjoy your delicious cup of coffee.

Benefits of using whole coffee beans and boiling water to brew coffee

The most obvious benefit of this method is there is no need to panic if you forget your coffee grinder or it breaks. As long as you’ve got a pot and stove, you will still be able to brew those whole coffee beans.

As mention above, grinding does minimal to enhance the taste of the coffee apart from speeding up the brewing time.

Coffee grinders do have some downfalls, especially if using an old inexpensive coffee grinder.

Cheaper grinders cause inconsistent ground sizes. If your coffee grounds have different size fines, you will find the coffee extracted at different rates.

Different extraction rates will result in either a sour or bitter taste. The smaller grinds will create a bitter taste as they become over-extracted as you wait for the larger ones to extract completely.

When a coffee grinder leaves you with a consistently sized coffee ground, you know you’ll be making a great cup of coffee.

Ground coffee beans oxidize quicker. The oxidation process leads to stale coffee, takes place immediately. If you don’t use ground coffee within a short time frame, you may find them to become stale very quickly. This being a reason why old pre-ground coffee beans never taste as good as freshly ground beans.

Using whole coffee beans and boiling water helps avoid both of these problems caused by grinding coffee beans.

You won’t have inconsistent sizes, and while the oxidation process still occurs as it is impossible to prevent. It doesn’t take place at the same rate as it does with ground coffee beans.


If you’ve accidentally bought whole coffee beans instead of pre-ground coffee beans, or you’ve gone camping and forgotten the grinder, there isn’t any need to panic.

With the method above with a pot, stove, and mason jar, you can boil some water and make a delicious, flavorful brew.

Although brew times are slower than using coffee grounds, results are still just as good.

If you don’t believe me, I advise you to try it.

The next time you have an hour to spare. Make yourself a coffee using boiling water and whole coffee beans.