One of the most frequently asked questions I get about coffee is why coffee tastes better when it's from a coffee shop. Sometimes, the reason is that it's not being brewed correctly. (See How to Brew Coffee and 16 Ways to Make Coffee for more information on that particular issue.) However, more times than not, the problem is that the coffee beans people use at home are not fresh.
There are three main ways you can make sure you are brewing coffee with fresh coffee beans:
- Buy less coffee, and buy coffee more often. Buy only enough coffee to last a few weeks. Make sure it's fresh when you buy it. (Local roasters are great for this, as is Go Coffee Go.)
- Opt for fresh ground coffee if possible. Sure, it takes a minute to grind, but that's a minute well spent. Your coffee will taste much fresher!
- Store your coffee correctly. No, storing coffee in the freezer doesn't count.
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