You know when someone is trying to sell you coffee tips, it’s not the best coffee you’ve ever had. You might wonder why someone would want to share their secret coffee knowledge. The only way you can really understand this is by trying it yourself. The problem is many coffee drinkers do not know where to get good coffee beans and coffee tips.
Logically, you automatically assume that whole bean coffee is cheaper than preground coffee. After all, preground coffee requires more processing than whole coffee beans, which would definitely have an effect on the cost. In fact, the finest coffee beans on earth are going to be considerably more expensive than even the closest preground coffee alternatives. If you are able to buy whole coffee beans at a discount, that’s a good thing. However, as coffee lovers, we need to be able to justify the extra cost.
The truth is, preground coffee is less than desirable as a brew. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare a good brew with these foreground options. One method coffee bean manufacturers use is to grind the coffee beans, separate the grounds from the grinds and then brew the resulting coffee with a simple coffee grinder. However, this isn’t always the best option.
You see, coffee pod machines offer a convenient solution to brewing coffee that is not only instant but also tasty. Unlike a regular coffee brewer, a pod coffee maker offers you the ability to brew coffee on demand. It is perfectly acceptable to brew one cup in the morning and then have another cup for tea or coffee later in the day. Some companies also offer coffee pods that can be brewed and stored in an insulated bag in the freezer for up to several weeks. The only drawback is that you may need to brew several weeks’ worth of pods to get just one cup.
So how does whole-bean coffee improve freshness over pre-ground coffee? In general, the freshness of a cup of coffee bought at the grocery store is worse than a cup bought from a coffee maker that uses whole beans. This isn’t usually noticeable once a month, but if you’re a coffee drinker and coffee makers are important to you, this can be a big problem. Fortunately, many new coffee pod coffee makers address this issue by automatically adjusting the amount of freshness in the brew.
Some coffee makers still utilize the standard grinding system to make coffee, but they increase the freshness by grinding the beans less frequently. Some companies make coffee with larger particle sizes, such as those found in espresso machines, and they claim that using less grinding helps make coffee more aromatic and flavorful. This is true because larger particles in general smell and taste fresher. However, it can also take several days to grind enough beans to make a cup of coffee that is flavorful, and many consumers find that they don’t even like the concentrate very much after the first few days.
Some people use a variety of different methods to grind their coffee. Some roast the beans in a French Press (or other specialized coffee press) to extract the flavors from the beans more quickly. Others use a regular kitchen blender to make coffee that is comparable in flavor to freshly ground beans. There are even roasters that use a drum roaster on a stand that rotates and adds flavor to the coffee as it roasts.
For the most part, choosing whether or not to purchase whole beans or a concentrate at your local coffee shop is really a personal preference. If you enjoy the convenience of grinding your own coffee and want the full flavor and aroma, then by all means choose to buy whole beans. If you enjoy drinking coffee that has had a lot of processing and brewing time, then maybe a cheaper option is to purchase a cheaper coffee concentrate that doesn’t have as much caffeine and is not as freshly roasted. It is important, however, to check the ingredients label for caffeine content, as some coffee concentrates have more than others. And always remember to drink your coffee black when possible, to retain the full flavor and aroma.