There is only one difference between a cup of coffee made from freshly ground whole beans, and one made from pre-ground beans—flavor.
Freshly ground whole beans have more complex and rich flavors than pre-ground coffee. Fresh grounds also lack the papery taste of pre-ground.
This is because whole beans keep their freshness much longer than ground coffee.
The bean itself acts like a container for oils, moisture and carbon dioxide, preventing them from evaporating. These compounds are are essential for the overall flavor of the coffee.
These substances are so volatile, that 60% of the aroma is lost in the first 15 minutes after being ground.
Imagine how much flavor is lost in bags of coffee sitting on supermarket shelves—weeks after being grounded. 😫
Whole beans would be a lot more popular without the downsides:
Ground Coffee, on the other hand, is easy:
If you decide to use pre-ground coffee, make sure you buy it in weekly doses to make sure you have the freshest coffee possible.
Whole bean coffee gets you more pronounced flavours and a fresher tasting cup of coffee. It adds another layer of adjustability and experimentation to your process.
Pre-ground coffee is faster and easier, and allows for a consistent brew every day with a larger variety of coffee to choose from.
Modified — Sunday, 28 April 2019
Published — Sunday, 28 April 2019