What is Fresh Coffee?

In the past 35 years of roasting coffee, I have noticed that many people are confused as to what fresh coffee is. Some think that fresh means freshly brewed. Of course freshly brewed coffee is better than coffee that has been sitting for hours. But that is not fresh coffee.

Some feel grinding coffee in the store or even better, grinding coffee at home means the freshest coffee. Freshly ground coffee IS better than pre-ground coffee but again, that’s not really FRESH coffee.

In both cases what people are doing is putting the cart before the horse.

Fresh coffee is defined by the amount of carbon dioxide gas that is still in the cells of the coffee bean. Once coffee comes out of the roaster it will contain the highest levels of carbon dioxide and technically the freshest it can be, although some feel coffee will develop a deeper profile in a few days. After 2-4 weeks the beans will lose most of its carbon dioxide and is considered old. So when you smell that great aroma of coffee your actually smelling coffee go stale!

If your looking to purchase freshest coffee available this is what you need to do:
Purchase coffee from a coffee roaster. Make sure the coffee is not more than a few days old. A few hours old is even better. Store them in an air tight container, a mason jar is great for coffee. So is a old mayo jar. Keep it on the counter. It is not recommended to store them in the freezer or refrigerator. Grind them just before you brew. Why? Coffee ground in the store creates more surface area, releasing the carbon dioxide faster, thus the coffee will become stale faster.

Brew it and enjoy.

That’s fresh coffee.

The United States is the largest consumer of coffee in the world, and the vast majority of this coffee is neither of any quality or is it considered fresh. So the question must be asked…Does it matter?

That will be answered in my next blog.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Coffee Online

When you order coffee online from a well-established, reputable website, like The Daily Grind, the whole process is a pleasure. You place your order online, it’s confirmed, and then a couple days later, you receive your bags of freshly roasted coffee via UPS. If you enjoy online shopping and the convenience of getting stuff delivered to your front door on a regular basis, then buying coffee online could become as habit-forming as coffee itself–in a good way, of course! If you’re thinking about making a purchase from The Daily Grind’s online coffee store, here are five good reasons to take the plunge!

  1. It’s unbelievably convenient! Unless you’re one of those rare people who enjoys battling traffic, circling the block looking for a parking spot, and waiting in line at checkout counters, then buying coffee online is the way to go! If you order your coffee on a regular basis, then you may never have to experience that panicky feeling of crawling out bed, trudging bleary eyed to the kitchen, and discovering–to your horror–that there’s only a half a scoop of coffee left in the coffee bin! [Cue sound effects from the shower scene in the movie "Psycho"].
  2. Superior quality and freshness: The Daily Grind is one of the few independently owned-and-operated cafes that roasts its own coffee beans right on the premises. You can always look forward to coffee beans that are freshly roasted and promptly shipped to your home or office. When you buy coffee beans from grocery store shelves or other online coffee stores, there’s no guarantee of experiencing that same burst of freshness, aroma, and flavor. (Be right back…I was just seized by an inexplicable craving for another cup of hot, fresh coffee.)
  3. And speaking of guarantees… Do you ever get struck by “analysis paralysis” when you’re considering buying something online? “What if I don’t like it? What if I want my money back?” If your mind is swimming with too many unanswered “what ifs”, then chances are you’ll talk yourself out of completing an online purchase (or even starting it, for that matter). When you buy coffee online from the Daily Grind, however, all those fears are addressed by their 30-day buyer remorse program. It provides the assurance that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of their coffee beans, they will take it back and refund your money. That quality assurance guarantee removes the element of risk from buying coffee online–which makes it infinitely more fun!
  4. Awesome selection and variety! I don’t usually use the word “awesome” to describe something, but in this case, I’ll make an exception! (Admittedly, I might be too old to get away with using the word awesome. After all, I was around when the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964.) But getting back to my point about coffee bean variety, you can order some of the best-tasting coffee from around the world at the Daily Grind’s website.
    • Colombian Excelso Organic & Fair Traded
    • Costa Rican Tarrazu Organic and Fair Traded
    • El Salvador “Rain Forest Safe” coffee
    • Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Organic & Fair Traded
    • Guatemala Antigua coffee
    • Indian Monsooned Malabar Coffee
    • Mexicans Chiapas Fair Trade Organic
    • Sumatra Mandheling Organic & Fair Traded
  5. You can grind your own…or have them do it for you! If you’re a purist, then you probably grind your own coffee beans so that you can release a veritable explosion of flavors, aromas, and/or citrus and herbal notes waiting to burst forth from those magical little beans! (No, I didn’t just complete a correspondence course in creative writing!) However… you also have the option of having your coffee beans ground for you just prior to shipping. Your choices include getting them ground for espresso, for a paper filter, or for using a permanent filter. (By the way, you can buy coffee grinders at the Daily Grind’s online coffee store, too!)

I do believe there’s such as thing as too much information, so I’m going to wrap up my “Top-10 list” at #5. I’m sure I’ll think of more additions, but I’ll save them for a future blog post. So until next time…make sure to avoid information overload, analysis paralysis, and overnight stays at the Bate’s Motel.

by Joel Sussman, guest blogger

Caffeine Content: How Much Caffeine in Coffee?

Thousands of people are searching online for information about “coffee caffeine content”, but with all the variables, it’s tricky to arrive at a specific number. For example, the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee is affected by several things, including the type of coffee beans you’re starting out with and how they’re roasted, ground, and brewed.

There is, however, credible data available on how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee. According to stats on the Mayo Clinic web site, an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains between 95 and 200 milligrams of caffeine–which allows for a pretty wide margin of error. Espresso coffee, which is more concentrated but is served in smaller cups, contains 40-75 milligrams of caffeine per 1 ounce serving. (Seems like the caffeine content would add up rather quickly if you had several cups of it over a short period of time.) The mg of caffeine in instant coffee is even more difficult to pinpoint, possibly because of variations in brands, serving sizes, and blends. An 8-ounce cup of instant contains anywhere from 27 to 173 mgs of caffeine.

One misconception that some people have about decaf coffee is that it’s 100% caffeine free. Although decaf coffee has a lot less caffeine in it than regular coffee, it can still contain up to 12 mgs of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup. That’s not very much unless you’re one of those people who can’t sleep with any caffeine in your system. For most coffee drinkers, caffeine is considered a welcome pick-me-up rather than something to be carefully measured, but if you have trouble sleeping or any kind of sensitivity to caffeine, it makes sense to monitor your caffeine intake.

How Much is Too Much Caffeine?

Now that we have a handle on how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee, the next question to ponder is what would be considered “too much caffeine?” That, of course, depends on the person, but the Mayo Clinic suggests a limit of around 500 mgs a day. Since most people don’t drink more than five cups of coffee a day–or anywhere near that amount–it’s probably unnecessary for most adults to be preoccupied with how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee. Moderation in all things is generally a good rule of thumb, but IMO, really good coffee can not be fully appreciated in small quantities!

And speaking of coffee that can’t be beat, try a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans from the Daily Grind’s online coffee store. You’ll enjoy prompt delivery, great service, and a 30-day guarantee of satisfaction!

–by Joel Sussman (guest blogger)

Note: For more insights into the question of how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee, check out another blog post I wrote on the topic of caffeine content in coffee.

Good News about the Benefits of Coffee

Although you’ll probably never hear your doctor recommend that you drink more coffee to stay healthy, there does appear to be convincing evidence pointing to major health benefits of coffee. More and more scientific studies support the idea that a moderate amount of coffee consumption can potentially reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. There are also credible studies which link coffee drinking to a decreased risk of liver cancer, strokes, and heart rhythm problems.

The list of coffee benefits doesn’t stop there, though. According to the National Institutes of Health and the AARP, coffee also appears to curb depression in some people. Other authoritative sources say coffee may help lower your risk of colon cancer, cardiovascular disease, and skin cancer.

Sound too good to be true? It isn’t if you take this information in context and keep it in perspective. Drinking coffee is not going to prevent or cure any diseases, but it could be one of many factors that contributes to your ability to ward off disease and extend your lifespan. While the health benefits of coffee are big news for both coffee drinkers and the coffee industry, the vast majority of people will probably continue to drink coffee for two primary reasons: they love the taste of good coffee and they like the way it helps them wake up in the morning.

The Innumerable Benefits of Coffee

Whether you’re on your way to a job interview, a tax audit, or a first date (sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference), a couple cups of coffee can help you sound smarter, be more responsive, and come across as being more sure of yourself. Coffee is also known to help enhance performance and endurance in athletics, exercising, and running.

Side note: It would be interesting to conduct a survey among college students about the role that coffee plays in helping them study for exams, stay awake during all-nighters, and be alert and responsive in class the next day. For many young adults, a cup of coffee is as much of a college survival tool as it is a social beverage.

Another example of coffee benefits was detailed in a recent article in the New York Times, entitled “Caffeine May Improve Driver Safety. The title speaks for itself, but it does point out one of the potential benefits of coffee: accident prevention.

Caffeine is not for everyone–some people have a sensitivity to it–but for the majority of people who enjoy the great taste, energy boost, and social aspects of coffee drinking, the benefits of coffee are undeniable.

If you’d like to enjoy the convenience of having fresh roasted coffee beans delivered to your home or office whenever you start running low, shop at the Daily Grind’s online coffee store.

–by Joel Sussman (guest blogger)

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