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Bringing Out The Best From Your Colombian Whole Bean Coffee

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The number one way to enjoy coffee at its best is to buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself. Freshly ground coffee is simply more flavorful and full-bodied than coffee that was ground weeks ago and left to sit. But once you have a good, whole bean coffee in your hands, what else can you do to bring out the best from that coffee? Take a look.

Store it in an airtight container.

Most good-quality coffees are sold in airtight bags. So, you should be able to leave your coffee in its original bag until you are ready to enjoy it for the first time. Once you do open the bag and start using the coffee, make sure you transfer the coffee beans to another airtight container. Several manufacturers do make airtight containers just for storing coffee, but a glass jar with a screw-on lid will also do the trick.

Grind it using a burr grinder.

There are a couple of different types of coffee grinders you can buy. The most common is a blade grinder, which basically works like a blender, using two blades to chop up the coffee beans. The other common type is called a burr grinder. It uses a grinding mechanism to grind the beans into uniform pieces. A burr grinder is far preferable if you're able to afford one. Since it grinds the beans into evenly sized pieces, you won't end up with as much sediment in your coffee, and you'll get more consistent results that allow you to better appreciate the full depth of flavor of the coffee beans.

Use water that's not quite boiling.

So many people use boiling water to make their coffee. It does work, and when using low-quality beans, you probably can't tell the difference. However, boiling water is actually hotter than it needs to be. It can cause some of the aromatic compounds in the coffee to scorch and vaporize. When making higher-quality coffee, it is worth it to use slightly cooler water. Somewhere around 200 degrees Fahrenheit tends to be about right. People often like to bring their coffee to a boil, let it sit for a minute or two, and then make their coffee. This works in either a pour-over or a French press, both of which are good ways to make good coffee.

You have those great coffee beans, so make the most of them. To learn more about coffee, such as Colombian whole bean coffee, contact a supplier.