The question is to grind or not to grind. What do we mean by that… You can order whole bean and grind your own beans as you use them or you can order your coffee ground.
What is the benefit to ordering whole bean coffee?
Whole bean coffee stays fresh for roughly 30 days. Ground coffee stays fresh for about 7 to 14 days. So we recommend ordering your coffee in whole bean and grinding it as you need it to prolong the life of your coffee. I purchase my coffee as whole beans and grind them as I need them.
Is there different grounds?
Why yes there is… I bet you didn’t know that there is different choices in the coarse of grinds. Here are different options for grinding your coffees.
- Course Grind (Chunky) – For French Press and Cold Brew
- Medium – Course (Less Chunky) – Pour Over
- Medium (Sea Salt) – For Machine Drip and Siphon
- Fine (Table Salt) – Moka Pot (Espresso)
- Extra Fine (Powered Sugar) – Turkish Coffee Pot
How should I grind my beans?
I have been known to use many different kitchen appliances to grind my beans. When you are desperate to get your coffee, I do what I need to do. I have used the coffee/spice grinders, blender, nutri-bullet, and even tried a knife and meat tenderizer.
It is recommended to use a “burr” grinder. These are the most precise types of grinders currently out there. The coffee/spice grinders are the least recommended option to grind your coffee beans. The coffee/spice grinders do not have a uniform consistency that the burr grinders have. You can find burr grinders in the price range of $20 – $300. You really get what you pay for when you buy the coffee grinders, however if you grind a few times a week you could get away with purchasing a $20 – $50 grinder and be perfectly contempt.
Should I freeze my beans or grounds?
It is ok to freeze your coffee for long periods of time. If you can’t freeze your coffee then it is recommended to put it in an airtight container. If you freeze your coffee, it is best to freeze it as “beans” and not ground. Also if you are going to free them it is recommended to have them in a double zipper or freezer bag to help prevent freezer burn and the beans from absorbing the smell/tastes of other items in the freezer. Moisture is the enemy of your coffee, and refrigerating or freezing them can add unwanted moisture in your coffee. I would recommend to freeze the beans, but not the grounds if needed. If you can take out what you need for beans at a week at a time and grind them and keep them in an airtight container as you use them. Otherwise keep your beans in a cool dry place in your pantry or cupboard.
I would recommend to purchase your coffee in whole bean. Store them in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Use a burr grinder with a small hopper for your beans for home/personal use. I would then set the burr grinder to the setting that best fits how you are going to brew your coffee.