The Pros and Cons of Grinding Your Own Coffee

The sun is just starting to rise early in the morning and you’re sitting down with your paper having your first cup of coffee of the morning. There’s something magical about this time of day, the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans lingering in the kitchen and that first sip of freshly brewed coffee! Let’s look at the pros and cons of grinding your own beans and see if you don’t think it’s worth the effort.

If you have never had freshly ground coffee you’re in for a real treat, it’s delicious! Sure buying coffee in a can from the grocery store will do in a pinch and it’s easy to prepare quickly, but it’s not like having freshly ground coffee beans. The advantage of making coffee with ground beans is getting the freshest cup of coffee possible. The coffee that comes in a can has already started to age and can’t be any where as fresh as coffee beans that have been freshly ground; there just isn’t any comparison.

Grinding your own beans is simple; pick up some beans at the grocery and purchase an inexpensive coffee grinder. Coffee grinder types come in crusher, blade and burr grinders. Overall the blade grinder seems to provide the most consistent performance for grinding beans. You may have thought that the great aroma down the coffee isle at the store was coming from the canned coffee. Take another look that heavenly smell is coming from the bags of whole coffee beans sitting a couple of feet down the isle.

Select a bag of Colombian, Italian, French Roast or whatever type strikes your fancy. Fill your grinder to the suggested levels with coffee beans and grind to the desired consistency. Grinding the beans to a uniform size makes for an evenly brewed pot of coffee, which tastes pretty good. Take care to store your coffee beans in an air tight plastic container to seal in freshness for the next use.

Another advantage of grinding your own beans is adjusting the grind to your personal tastes; course grind, medium grind or fine grind, determine the strength and taste of a freshly brewed pot. Each new pot of coffee that you make is just as tasty and fresh as the last with a new batch of freshly ground beans. The only real disadvantage to grinding your own beans is spending a few dollars to purchase a coffee grinder. Brewing a home made pot of coffee with freshly ground beans is a great way to start each day.

Source by John MacNamara

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