Are you hesitating between buying coffee beans or ground coffee? But is one really better than the other? We help you make the right choice.
Ground coffee, screwed coffee?
This is the most prevalent version. Because if, in a few years, pods have invaded the shelves of our supermarkets, the vast majority of coffee consumed in France remains filter coffee.
It must be said that ground coffee is both rather affordable and above all very practical and simple to use: just pour the coffee into the filter and let the machine do it. The problem, it is sometimes considered a “standard” coffee of lower quality. Stop the preconceived ideas! As Anne Caron explains, ground coffee can be quite recommendable, as long as you take a few precautions. And in the first place, consume it quickly. The ideal is to drink it within 15 days after it has been crushed.
Indeed, ground coffee degrades faster than beans because its number 1 enemy is air. However, when crushed, coffee offers more surface contact with air than in the form of a bean. As a result, it degrades, oxidizes, and ages faster. It will therefore be in our best interest to keep it in a tightly sealed box, and especially away from moisture and odors. Avoid the refrigerator, where it may take moisture, and soak up the other foods it meets! It would be a shame if your coffee took on a leek taste! Another option is the freezer where the coffee will better preserve its aromas.
If you buy your coffee already ground (for example in supermarkets check the DDM (date of minimum durability): “if it is 3 years, it is shady” explains Anne. A short DLC is a guarantee of better quality.
The advantages of coffee beans
Anne Caron insists, “Coffee is a fresh product; and the fresher it is, the better it is.” Coffee in freshly roasted beans would therefore be the best choice. The ideal is to go to a roaster and chat with him. The more information and traceability you get about a coffee, the better. He will be able to advise you on the origin, its aromatic notes, and will be happy to grind it.
The importance of grinding and the coffee grinder
You can also invest in a grinder and grind your own coffee: nothing like it to embalm the kitchen! There are now many references and the choice continues to expand. Be careful warns Anne, not to “martyr” the coffee with blades that will grind it in a heterogeneous way and/or heat it. Opt for a quality model that will be able to adjust the finesse of the grind. Because it will be different depending on the method of preparation of the coffee: the one made in a piston coffee maker for example requires a fairly large grind, while the filter coffee maker requires a fine grind.
In beans or ground, the main thing is to drink a coffee as fresh as possible. Better to buy less, but more often.
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