Grinding coffee beans at home is not really a rocket science. Here’s how you can use whole bean coffee at home – the simple way.
Choose the right blend
First things first: if you want to make a good cup of coffee, start by choosing the right blend/roast. This means – the one that suits your taste! That’s it. You don’t have to buy Kopi Luwak, Blue Mountain or specialty coffees. These coffees are amazing, but so is their price (of course, if you want to buy exclusive coffees and explore new tastes, you can).
So – if you already have a favorite brand/ blend, simply grab a whole bean bag instead of pre-ground. All popular brands have them in their offer.
And, if you’re still looking for that perfect blend, here’s a small suggestion. Choose arabica beans (you can usually find this information on the bag). Robusta types can’t compare with arabica on almost every criteria, so arabica should always be your first and only choice.
What about the taste?! If you like that sharp, light, lively coffee taste with citrus and spicy hints, choose light roasted coffee beans. If you like your coffee really strong, bold, sweetly-bitter with that nice earthy aroma, go for dark roasted coffee beans. If you don’t like your coffee too weak or too strong choose medium roasted coffee.
Buying a coffee grinder
How to grind coffee beans without a coffee grinder?! Well, you can’t. If you want to use coffee beans, you will need to get one.
The good news is – you don’t have to buy those large professional coffee grinders. If you want to brew a few cups in the morning and a few more in the afternoon, small, home-use coffee grinder will do the job.
Grind it – store it – drink it
As I mentioned, some suggest that you MUST grind coffee just before you use it and not a moment sooner. You don’t. Not everyone has time to grind coffee that often.
What I like to do is to grind as much coffee as I need for the next two or three days – at once. Then, simply store your coffee in an airtight canister or well closed bag, on your countertop – at room temperature. That’s a real time saver.
Two or three days old, this coffee still have a much better taste than the store bought pre-ground coffee. Of course, if you want to grind your coffee for each cup individually, feel free to do so.
Update: I now use Baratza Encore $129.00. It has 40 grind settings, is easy to adjust and use and gives good grind. I think this is the best price you can get for this grinder type. And, it’s a great choice if you want to switch to whole bean coffee permanently and you want a quality burr grinder.
You see, it’s totally doable – as long as you follow your own taste and keep things simple…