There is no other universally loved hot beverage like coffee. Whether you enjoy it as an early morning pick-me-up or pair it with a late-night dessert.
There are so many different coffees available to us coffee lovers, varying in color, taste and roast. If you are not sure what roast you would prefer, here is a short list that might guide you in the right direction.
Whole Bean vs. Ground Coffee
An important factor to consider when choosing between whole beans or ground coffee, is freshness.
Once coffee is roasted and ground, the coffee will start to go stale. The oils of the bean contains all the flavour and this will start to gradually evaporate once the beans are ground up. However if you’ve never had freshly ground coffee, you may not even realize that there is a difference. But if you buy whole beans, and then grind them up minutes before you brew your coffee, the flavour is much stronger and the subtle tastes of your specific type of bean are more noticeable.
If you would like to experience with different brewing methods, like the V60, Moka Pot etc, then the second thing to consider when comparing whole bean to ground coffee, is the grind fineness. Different brewing methods work best with different types of coarseness, so why limit yourself to only one option. If you grind it yourself, you can make up a batch of coarse coffee for your French press or some fine grinds for an espresso machine.
There is so many different types of home grinders, and it can make the whole process of preparing coffee so much fun. Even the simplest coffee bean grinder will give you the control over your grounds…and it takes a minute or two. The effort is minimal once you get into the habit of doing it.
In my personal experience, I love to buy my coffee as whole beans for exactly the above mentioned reasons PLUS there is also no better smell than freshly ground coffee!
Article source: HOME GROUNDS