Ah, the age-old question. The debate between whole bean and ground coffee typically boils down to two things: knowledge and convenience.
For the most part, many people choose ground coffee because they simply don’t know how to prepare coffee with whole beans. There are certainly extra steps and preparation required that coffee-drinkers don’t think they can squeeze into their morning. Ground coffee is certainly convenient (and tasty) but there’s benefits to both.
As mentioned above, ground coffee is very convenient. Once you find the blend or origin that speaks to your palate, it’s a case of wake up and brew. As long as you have a coffee maker and water, it’s easy enough to set on a timer or switch one before you hop in the shower.
Like most things, though, ground coffee is not perfect. The main issue with ground coffee is its freshness. Once roasted, ground coffee can degrade in flavor quickly due to the increase in surface area that is exposed to oxygen.
That’s why in recent years, and in many countries, whole bean coffee is viewed as the superior way to sip through the morning.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not actually difficult to grind whole bean coffee, all you need is the bean, coffee bean grinder, and your coffee machine. Grind up your whole bean coffee into fine grounds, depending on your preference. This will be experimental if you’re just starting out, but be sure to pulse the grinder if you are using a blade grinder. Some coffee drinkers prefer finely ground coffee while others opt for a coarser blend based on their method of brewing. Experiment with your grinder until you find the sweet spot. Trust us, a few extra minutes in the morning can make a world of difference.