Originally Posted by msmofet
I have a Cuisinart Grind and Brew coffee maker. I like FRESH ground just before brewing. I like Fairway fresh in store roasted whole beans. I love going in when they are roasting the beans. They have the roaster right in the little coffee and loose tea section in front of the barrels of beans so you can watch. The whole store smells like heaven.
I want to say that coffee is better every morning if you grind the beans JUST BEFORE you make your coffee, but my critical judgement tells me that if I could ever tell the difference--I used to believe I could in my 30s--now in my 60s I can't tell the difference between just ground it this minute vs ground a whole week's worth of coffee.
As I implied, perhaps when you're young you can tell and maybe when you get older you can't tell the difference between fresh ground and week old ground.
Two things for sure: (1) There is NO ground coffee that tastes as good as grinding my own beans--with the sole exception of TJ's Pinon coffee, which is not available in bean form, and (2) At my age and presumably declining taste grinding every day doesn't get me anything, but I certainly still love my morning coffee! In fact a few years ago I was drinking a big cup of coffee every day, but for the last year or so I have an entire POT
of coffee every day, and I enjoy it more and more. And I've had NO problems sleeping. What I mean to say is that I'm enjoying my morning coffee more than I did in my youth, I drink a lot more, and I've had no negative side effects.
And the scientific experiments continue coming in, either more coffee is good for you, or just a cup a day is good for you, but not drinking coffee at all is beneficial only if you have sleep problems that avoiding consuming coffee cures.
So I've just prepared my morning coffee pot: one scoop of TJ Pinon (the end of my supply) and two scoops of WFM Mocha-Java, enough to make one big pot of coffee, and first thing tomorrow morning (even before letting my dog out) I hit the switch! (Second priority is letting the dog out, third is turning on Fox News Network on the TV.) By then I usually can get about a half-cup out of the coffee maker and consume the day's new headlines as my pot finishes brewing.