Fresh coffee at home for one moderate coffee drinker?
June 22, 2012 3:50 PM Subscribe
I like coffee a lot, but I don't like a lot of coffee. How to I have fresh coffee when I'm just making a cup or two for myself occassionally?
posted by BrashTech to Food & Drink (37 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I love my French press. It's perfect for me because I'm the only coffee drinker in the house, and if I drink two or three 6-oz cups, I'm good. I don't even drink coffee every day because sometimes I prefer tea.
I've been buying preground beans in those teeny 2-oz bags, which is great from a freshness standpoint, but it's a fairly expensive way to buy coffee, and, in a French press, the ordinary grind results in pretty muddy coffee.
For my birthday, I just got a manual burr grinder! Yay! So now I would like to buy whole beans, but the problem is I can't get 2-oz bags of whole beans.
The smallest bag from the local snobby roaster is 12 oz, which would take me about a month to go through at my rate. Our local grocery stores have the typical bulk-purchasing setup, but none of their coffee is fair trade, which I would prefer, plus also, it's not from a gourmet roaster or anything, and who knows how long it has been sitting around.
Probably the answer is roasting at home, but it seems like probably more work than I want to go through, and is even that practical considering the small amounts I'll be using?
Can I get somebody to mail me 2 oz of whole beans a week?
Coffee snobs say freezing ruins the coffee, but how bad is it, really, and if I'm going to do it, what are the best practices?
I appreciate any suggestions.
(I really dig light roasts, if that's relevant.)