We get many questions regarding the use of whole coffee beans at home. The first question we will address in this post is: When should you grind your coffee? Should you grind all the beans and store them somewhere, or should you prepare them every time you drink?
Here is what you need to know about ground coffee. Pre-ground coffee only has about 30 minutes of peak freshness once you open the bag and expose the grounds to oxygen. This is natural. It’s due to the natural process of oxidation. The same process browns apples, makes bread stale, and rusts iron. And your coffee is no exception.
Therefore, if you want to enjoy fresh flavor from fresh coffee beans, there’s no choice other than grinding your beans just minutes before brewing. This may be an additional step for your morning routine, but once you taste the difference, you’ll never go back.
As far as coffee grinders are concerned, having your own burr coffee grinder is 100% essential. Unlike blade grinders, burr grinders grind the beans in a uniform size, and you have more control over your grind than you do with a blade. We encourage you to add that to your coffee gear repertoire.