Just discovered the best cuppa joe possible far as staying fresh. The secret? Buy your own coffee grinder (found mine, plus the coffee beans at Kroger). Do NOT grind the beans at the store.
Just started doing this like 4 days ago. Today I tried coffee that had been sitting there 4 hours and same results! Amazing, tasted great!!
We do this as well here in Flint, Michigan. I buy organic free trade beans from Sam's Club. I inherited an electric grinder from my mom, but it never worked that well. The results would be part way too rough, and the grounds near the blade ultra fine. Too rough, or not ground enough, and you don't get the flavor from the beans. Too finely ground beans results in bitter coffee.
Now we grind the beans in an old "beehive" style Oster blender that I found at the goodwill. A blender can give a much more even grind. It's a beautiful thing.
I never thought about the longer time the coffee stays fresh now. That is true.
I wish everyone the wonderful joy of a good cup of coffee!
You guys must be real youngens yet to not have known this - :)
I can't get my favorite coffee unground.
So I just make a half a pot at a time.
Same results; no "old coffee" taste.
I do have a grinder that I use for flavored coffee that I drink only occasionally.
I keep the beans in the freezer and they stay fresh forever.
Another thing that will keep the beans fresh is to freeze them and then only pull what you need for the pot and put the beans back in the freezer.
Also, if you want a great brew, try a French press. I got one for Christmas last year and it's worth it's weight in gold. I use it daily. One of the secrets to using it is to make sure you bring your water to a good rolling boil before adding it to the grounds inside. The high temperature gives you a better extraction than your standard coffeemaker, thus better flavor. Try it sometime! :)
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