It is best to grind your coffee fresh if you own a grinder. Keep the remainder of the whole beans stored in an air-tight container.
Select the correct grind. Different coffee brewing methods require different grinds. The grind type is critically important to making good coffee! Coffee ground too fine will produce a bitter cup. Coffee ground too coarse will produce a watery cup.
Always use fresh, cold water and avoid chemically treated water. Use the right ratio of coffee to water: 2 level tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of brewing water.
Be sure your coffee brewer heats to the proper temperature (200 degrees F). This temperature is referred to as "off-boil" (just prior to boiling). To achieve this temperature when boiling the water, remove the kettle once the water has reached a boil and wait 10-15 seconds before pouring.
At Grounds for Change, we pride ourselves in providing you with the freshest coffee possible. All of our coffee is roasted to-order and is shipped in foil-lined bags that preserve freshness.
Grounds for Change coffee bags have a built-in zipper for in-bag coffee storage of up to 30 days after opening. If you plan on storing your coffee for longer than this, an air-tight container like an Airscape is highly recommended.
The freezer and the refrigerator are not recommended places to store your coffee beans. Coffee absorbs moisture and other odors so regardless of where you store your beans, ensure it is either kept in the original packaging or in sealed glass containers.