by Karen Bates
(last updated January 30, 2015)
There are many people all over the world who start the day with a hot cup of coffee. Coffee has become the breakfast time beverage of choice for many because of the energy it offers, as well as its strong taste and enticing aroma. Many claim that the drink even offers health benefits for some people.
Of course, not all coffee is equal. Each person prefers coffee that is prepared in a particular way. Some like flavored coffee with sugar and cream, while others like to add nothing at all to the drink. The way you like your coffee prepared can be part of your personality and depends on your personal taste preferences.
Of course, there is one thing that just about everyone can agree on when it comes to coffee: fresh is best. Even the best coffee beans become lacking once they have sat for weeks and gone stale. There is just no comparison to coffee that has been freshly ground and brewed as soon as possible.
It is best to use coffee soon after grinding the beans, but this isn't necessarily convenient for everyone. If you don't own a coffee grinder, you may have a tough time getting fresh coffee all the time unless you only buy small amounts at a once.
The simplest answer to getting the freshest cup of coffee possible would be to invest in a coffee grinder to use at home. If this isn't feasible, there are other ideas you can try that will help keep beans fresher for longer. Coffee loses its freshness when exposed to air, light, moisture, and heat. To protect your coffee beans, store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark location. A pantry or cabinet might be ideal places to store your coffee.
You might think that keeping your coffee in the refrigerator or freezer is the answer, it might not be the best option. These places can allow your coffee to be exposed to too much moisture, causing it to go stale.
If you buy coffee from the grocery store, purchasing a bag that is vacuum-sealed will help the beans to stay fresh for longer. These bags are protected from oxygen, light, and moisture until you open them.
Even though the best coffee is ground right before brewing, you can still enjoy fresh coffee by keeping beans sealed and protected from light, heat, air, and moisture. By properly storing your coffee, you can enjoy fresh coffee every morning.
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