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Pre-ground coffee

Any reason not to buy pre-ground coffee?



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Kinnek Knowledge Team

There are several reasons not to buy pre-ground coffee, but do keep in mind that buying whole coffee beans and roasting them yourself will require specialized equipment, increased labor costs, and extra time.  If your business is intent on serving high quality coffee, however, it is worth looking into whole coffee beans rather than pre-ground coffee.

Using pre-ground coffee means that much of the aroma and and flavor from inside the coffee bean will have been lost by the time the grounds are used to make coffee.  A substantial amount of the aroma and flavor of the coffee bean is lost within 15-20 minutes of grinding.  Thus, when possible, it is usually better to ground the beans on-site and brew the coffee within 15 minutes of grinding to preserve the flavor and aroma profile of the beans.

Further, exposure to moisture in the environment results in dilution of flavorful coffee oils.  This can be minimized, but is still a reality of using pre-ground coffee beans.  Finally, important carbon dioxide gas is released when coffee beans are ground -- this carbon dioxide plays a role in getting coffee oils into the coffee.  To best preserve carbon dioxide in the bean, it must not be ground too long before brewing.

Hope that helps!

Jan 11, 2016

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