Ground Coffee

Written by Linda Alexander
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Ground coffee loses its flavor quickly. In fact, coffee decays rapidly once it has been roasted and this speeds up after grinding. It begins to lose its flavor within an hour of being ground, so even a few hours can make a huge difference in the flavor and aroma of your coffee. Grinders cost less than coffee pots--investing in one is a smart way to brew better coffee.

The water you use with your ground coffee also makes a difference. Brewed coffee is 98 percent water, so you can imagine how this affects your coffee! Fresh, cold water contains more oxygen, which affects the flavor. Certainly, if you have bad water from the tap, you can used bottled water or filtered water. Distilled water, however, lacks minerals and will leave your coffee with a flat taste. Give it a try and see the difference.

Ground coffee consistency depends on the coffee maker you will be using. How coarse or fine you grind your coffee beans is a critical step to making coffee. If the coffee is too fine, your brewing will take longer and could end up with a bitter taste. If it is ground too coarsely, the brewing process will be faster and you might end up with a watery, less flavorful brew. If you intend to brew espresso, which requires a super-fine grind, use a specialty grinder for it.

Ground Coffee Details

You might be happy with an "ordinary" cup of coffee and not pay any attention to these details. However, if you have become spoiled in the past decade like many of us, you will want to brew the perfect cup of coffee at home. Thanks to the rise in popularity of gourmet coffee, things will never be the same. We now need to have gourmet coffee shop flavor duplicated in our own kitchens.

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