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Ground vs. Whole Bean

One of the most common questions we get from our subscribers is about ground vs. whole bean coffee. Does grinding fresh beans just before brewing really cause a noticeable taste difference? The short answer is yes, grinding whole beans will always give you a fresher, better-tasting cup. In this entry, we’ll try to briefly outline our thoughts on ground vs. whole bean coffee. Let’s separate the question into two parts: How does grinding the coffee ahead of time (as opposed to just before brewing) affect the coffee? How does using a burr grinder (as opposed to a blade grinder) affect the coffee? Grinding ahead of time vs. before brewing: While coffee can never “expire,” as it becomes exposed to oxygen,...

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