Making The Switch To Whole Bean Coffee

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Have you been buying and using pre-ground coffee your whole life? If you're ready for an upgrade, the best way to take your coffee game to the next level is by switching to whole bean coffee. Whole bean coffee stays fresher for longer and has more nuance than pre-ground coffee. Here are some tips that will help you navigate the change. 

Buy a good-quality, single-origin coffee 

If you buy plain, whole bean coffee from the grocery store, it will be better than pre-ground coffee, but not astronomically so. If your goal is to enjoy some truly premium coffee, then look for single-origin beans. This is coffee that all comes from the same place. Usually, it all comes from the same coffee plantation! Colombian coffee is a good single-origin coffee to start with since it's pretty balanced in flavor, not overly acidic, and reasonably priced.

Buy smaller bags

It can be tempting to stock up and buy several pounds of whole bean coffee at once. But even whole bean coffee can go stale in a few weeks, and you don't want to buy bulk quantities of a coffee before you know you like it. So, start by buying smaller, 11-ounce, or 1-pound bags. This is enough to get a good idea of whether or not you like a certain coffee, but not so much that much of the coffee will go bad before you get a chance to use it.

Store it properly

When you get your bag of whole bean coffee, it can be tempting to open it right up and take a big whiff. But it's best not to open the bag until you're ready to use the coffee for the first time. Exposing it to air accelerates the rate at which it goes stale. Open it when you're ready to use it, and close it up again quickly. You may want to transfer it to an airtight jar for storage if the bag it comes in does not reseal well. For extra freshness, you can even toss the whole bean coffee in the freezer or fridge. 

With the tips above, you can successfully make the change to Colombian whole bean coffee. Whether you brew it using an implement like a French press or with a standard, drip coffee maker, the results should be worth it. Over time, you can try various whole bean coffees from different countries and settle on a favorite.


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