Ever wonder about the different types of coffee grinds? We are going to discuss the difference between whole bean, ground and espresso roast coffees. Coffee can be purchased and enjoyed in a variety of forms. The most popular are whole beans, ground coffee, and espresso roasts. Hopefully this article will help you decide on the best coffee experience for you.
Whole Coffee Beans: When you buy your coffee in whole bean form, freshness is practically guaranteed. The intact bean is like a wrapped gift, preserving the taste and aroma right up until the moment of grinding and brewing. When shopping for a grinder, get a burr or mill type. They grind the beans to a uniform consistency, which will extract the most flavor.
For those who rush about in the morning, the added step of grinding beans seems like a chore, but the taste of a freshly ground cup of coffee is such a reward that getting up a little earlier is worth it.
Ground Coffee: If your mornings are too hectic to add bean grinding to the daily routine, the next best thing is to buy freshly ground coffee from an artisan roaster or speciality coffee retailer. Buy only as much as you will use in a week and store it in a sealed container, where it can’t be contaminated by sunlight and aromatic foods such as spices.
Ground coffee is also available at any grocery store, but shop with care: because most consumers use an auto-drip coffee pot, most prepackaged coffee is ground at that setting, which is not suitable for French Presses, espresso machines, and pour-over cones. If you can’t find prepackaged grinds compatible with your brewing method, go to a specialty shop or order online.
Espresso roasts are extremely dark and oily, and are traditionally used to make the beverage espresso. Any type of bean can be used, although roasters prefer Arabica because they provide a nice balance between acidity, bitterness, and flavor. There are those who say that robusta beans, although lower-grade, provide a superior crema, which is the golden froth that caps a perfectly prepared espresso.
Be careful to not confuse espresso roasts with the beverage itself. Espresso coffee is made from a finely ground coffee with water forced through it at high pressure. Technically any roast can be used to make espresso, although lighter ones won’t deliver the same taste experience.
To grind or not to grind? Blond roast or espresso? These are choices you need to make after taking your lifestyle, schedule, and taste preferences into account. Exploring different types of coffee grinds will payoff to your perfect cup of coffee.