You have heard the horror stories about pre-ground coffee - Yet you are confused. Some people say it is okay to buy pre-ground coffee and others say you shouldn’t. Now you have questions that need to be answered.
You are in luck. We have written this article to answer your questions about pre-ground coffee.
Why Buy Pre-ground Coffee Beans?
There are some good reasons for you to continue to purchase pre-ground coffee beans. Here are a few of those reasons:
What Is The Difference Between Instant Coffee And Pre-ground Coffee?
There are two basic differences between the two styles of coffee.
First, instant coffee is given more processing. This work allows the coffee grounds to simply disappear when you pour hot water over them. Pre-ground coffee does not disappear, and you need a filter to separate them from the finished product.
Second, there may be some health dangers that come with instant coffee. The experts argue on both sides of the issue, but instant coffee may affect blood sugar levels.
Which Is Healthier? Coffee Made From Coffee Beans Or Pre-ground?
Since pre-ground coffee has its source in coffee beans, you will not see one variety of coffee as healthier as the other. The same goes for instant coffee as well. All three forms of making coffee have the same health benefits. Here are some of those benefits:
One word of caution. Coffee is not a miracle drug or beverage. The studies have only shown that people who drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day have less of a risk of contracting diseases.
If Grinding Your Own Coffee Is Much Better, Why Are People Buying Pre-ground?
There are two main reasons why people choose pre-ground over grind your own coffee.
First, it is convenient and easy to make. With the invention of coffee pods, (which uses pre-ground coffee), coffee has been easier to make than ever. All you have to do is throw in a pod and add water and you are done. There is no mess to clean up either.
Second, it is just cheaper. Fancy coffees, whole coffee beans and other fad-like coffee offerings just outprice pre-ground coffee. Part of the reason for this price difference is in the shipping costs. It costs more to ship whole beans than pre-ground coffee packages.
Also, volume contributes to the lower price. The more pre-ground coffee is made, the cheaper it becomes to manufacture. That lack of cost is passed onto the consumer.
How Do You Store Pre-ground Coffee To Maintain Its Freshness?
There are many ways to store coffee as there are coffee storage canisters. Some experts say that you can keep your pre-ground coffee fresh for two years if you freeze it. But, they also say to do this if you vacuum seal your pre-ground coffee first.
Light is an enemy of coffee. While you can store your coffee in a clear glass mason or other jars, you need to keep it out of the light to maintain freshness. Both metal and plastic canisters, unless specially designed, have some flavor transfer issues.
The best way to store you pre-ground coffee is to put them in ceramic jars. These have no flavor transfer issues and they keep the light out. You can put these canisters anywhere you like and still maintain the freshness of your coffee.
How Long Will Pre-ground Coffee Stay Fresh?
Obviously, if you do not store your coffee properly, it will not stay fresh very long. But did you know that coffee can stay fresh long after its best before date? It can. Here is a quick guide:
How Do I Know When The Coffee Has Gone Bad?
Yes, coffee can go bad. Fortunately, drinking coffee made from bad coffee grounds is not harmful to you. Your nose will tell you when the coffee has gone bad. If you do not smell the rich aroma of coffee anymore, then your coffee has lost its flavor and zing. It may also turn a light brown color.
Should I Drink Decaffeinated Coffee?
That is up to you. You get the same health & other benefits from decaffeinated coffee as you do from the regular version. It all depends on if you want less caffeine in your diet or not.
There is nothing wrong with drinking pre-ground coffee. It provides you with all the benefits that come with drinking any variety of coffee. You may be missing out on a little flavor. But we think that is a gimmick to sell more whole beans and coffee grinders.
If we haven’t answered your questions about pre-ground coffee, feel free to ask us in our comment section. We will be glad to write another article addressing your pre-ground or other coffee needs.