It is a magical little drink that not only gets better every single time that you taste it (because of the addictive quality of caffeine), but it also provides a nice little head rush (also on account of the caffeine). Coffee is the major uncle to hot chocolate, it is the mother of the sweet daughter cappuccino, and it is the father of all breakfast drinks ever to exist.
The first few times you drink coffee as an independent, free- spirited adolescent you will probably dilute the purity of the bean through excessive sugar and a disproportionate amount of cream, but as you age and your pallet becomes more refined, you will start to enjoy the freshness of the bean. Every coffee connoisseur knows that fresh is best.
But, the question is what exactly constitutes fresh? There are two different turning points in the life of a coffee bean: the first is when it is baked, and the second is when it is aged.
After the coffee bean is aged, approximately thirty days after it is baked, it loses almost all of its aromatic quality and along with that a great deal of flavor. This is what makes bad coffee, or as the connoisseur would say “stale coffee.”
Stale coffee has very little flavor left in it, not because the beans were grown wrong or anything like that, but just because they have been sitting on the shelf for too long. Coffee is not like wine; it is much more like French fries.
The fresher, the better, the best time to get coffee is within a three day window of the baking. That is only if you are not going to bake them yourself.
Within those three days, the beans will hold all of their fresh flavors after the bake, and this is supposed to be the most delicious window of opportunity in all the world of coffee. Though, the baking process only takes about thirty minutes and is very easy.
To make your homemade coffee, all you need is a cookie pan, a coffee grinder, and a coffee maker. Every three days or so bake a few beans, put them in an airtight bag, and enjoy the freshest coffee on the planet.
Though this only works if you are purchasing beans that have not been baked. There are many pre-baked beans at grocery stores all over, but these are not gourmet just for the fact that they have long since expired living out their overdrawn shelf life.
Another of the many benefits of coffee has only recently come to be understood. As the sophistication of chemical processing techniques continues to increase, scientists are beginning to uncover what may be some of the coffee’s most important chemical property benefits.
Much of the focus on the healthful properties of coffee has been centered around the fairly recent discovery of the abundance antioxidants found in coffee beans. Coffee beans, which are dark brown in color, are said to be close to blueberries in the richness of antioxidants. As a result, they are agreed to be beneficial in preventing premature skin aging, among many other benefits to the body.
Perhaps the most important role of antioxidants in human health, however, is their cancer-prevention property. Enjoying a simple cup of coffee every morning along with a bowl of fresh blueberries or broccoli every evening could potentially go a long way in preventing illness later on. Thus more and more Americans are considering introducing coffee into their dietary regime to start reaping some of it is numerous and significant health benefits.