How to buy the best coffee beans

Choosing the right bean is only half the battle. If you don’t store them properly, they will lose all those awesome flavors before they enter the grinder, let alone enter your cup. So before you pour money – and what might be good coffee – find out what your coffee beans are looking for, and then how to deal with them once you take them home

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We can never stress this enough. Always buy whole beans. Pre-ground coffee might seem convenient, but you miss out on so much flavor to save so little time. It just isn’t worth it.

Air is the enemy of flavorful, aromatic coffee. You accelerate the oxidation process once you crack the hard outer shell protecting your bean, which means the flavor is muted more quickly. The closer to brewing you grind, the fresher—and more flavorful— your cup of coffee.