It was way back in 2016 when we stopped offering ground coffee options on our web-shop. Every so often, we get asked for it though - so I thought it might be worth a short post explaining why we only sell whole coffee beans. There are a couple of reasons:
Roasted coffee stays fresh for several weeks. Until you grind it, that is. You can read more about freshness here
As soon as you smash those beans into tiny pieces, you start a countdown to staleness. You're going to start picking up signs of staling within a few minutes of grinding.
Supermarkets get around this to some extent by using nitrogen to flush ground coffee bags before sealing them. This expels the oxygen from the bag and drastically slows down the staling process. However, as soon as you open that bag, you're going to see the same rapid staling process.
For us, we just can't live with sending out coffee that is stale on arrival. It's the opposite of what we're trying to do and we'd be doing a disservice to the grower.
Which grind size?
The particle size you need to use when brewing coffee is dependant on a lot of stuff. The recipe you are using, the unique qualities of your water, your own taste preferences, and the equipment that you are using all have an impact.
Grind size is something that you need to be able to play around with if you are going to get the best out of your coffee. This is especially true when grinding for espresso but applies to all brew methods.
So, even if we did grind the beans for you, we wouldn't get the size right most of the time - because one size does not fit all.
The inescapable conclusion.
You probably guessed it. There's no getting around the fact that you're going to need a grinder. If you don't have one already, trust me - it's the one thing you can do right now that will massive improve your enjoyment of drinking coffee. Incidentally, there are a couple that we recommend, you can find them here and here. There are plenty of others on the market too, including some that are considerably cheaper than our preferred options.
Yep, it's a bit more effort and there is some expense involved, but when you taste the difference, there's no doubt you'll end up loving the daily grind.