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What should I buy ground coffee or beans?


I have already written an entire article devoted to the differences between ground coffee and coffee beans. You can go read it if you are interested. Here I am focusing on ground coffee and together we will see that there are advantages to buying ground coffee, but there are a few disadvantages that you should be aware of.

Benefits of ground coffee

The main advantage of ground coffee is that it is ready to use. No doubt to ask, just take a few spoons of ground coffee and put it in your coffee machine. It couldn’t be easier.

In addition to being easy to use, it is also very fast. It only takes a few seconds to start brewing your coffee. Unlike coffee beans, which you have to grind first.

Plus, with ground coffee, you don’t need to buy a coffee grinder.

After that, the grind will usually be the perfect size to extract the coffee. In fact, if you buy, for example, ground coffee for a filter coffee maker, then it is designed to exactly match the water flow rate of the filter coffee maker.

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Disadvantages of buying already ground coffee

However, there are limits to this, especially to make espresso, because you will need to have a more or less fine grind depending on your machine. If the grind size isn’t ideal for your machine, you’ll have to play around with other aspects of brewing, like filling the ground coffee into the portafilter.

After focusing on the size of the grind, it’s also important to talk about the freshness of the coffee. And yes, ground coffee is considered less “fresh” than coffee beans. We are not talking about the freshness of roasting but of grinding. In fact, freshly ground coffee will always be better than ground coffee hours, days, or even weeks before your coffee is brewed.

The main disadvantage of ground coffee is that it quickly loses its taste qualities compared to last minute ground coffee.

Some coffee lovers will tell you that not grinding your coffee before tasting it is sacrosanct. For my part, I am more measured because not everyone has the desire or the patience to prepare their coffee from scratch. Simple and instant coffee, no frills, suitable for most people. You just have to realize that already purchased coffee cannot taste as good as if you bought it from the beans.

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