This may sound a dumb question but it's on my mind so I thought I would ask....
Coffee tastes best when ground from the bean, but at home I don't drink masses of coffee, maybe 5 cups a day. Many say that you need to use coffee beans that have been freshly roasted and use them quickly. If I buy a bag of coffee beans there is no way I will use this within a week, so How do I keep them fresh, I cant afford to throw away coffee beans just because they have been in the hoppa a few days, I'm not rich!
Do I just put a few scoops of beans in the grinder hoppa daily and use what I have got while keeping the remaining beans in the bag, and how do I store a bag of beans that has been opened, and when does this bag of beans 'become not fresh'?
Do I really need a fresh delivery of beans every week just to get good coffee...considering this is for no coffee shop, just my good old fashioned kitchen!
So, how are coffee beans best stored, how much do I keep in the hopper and for how long, and how often do I need to buy coffee beans.
I have no local coffee supplier which I could visit every week other than buying illy coffee beans from tesco's, but there is no way I would do a tin every week just for the sake of having fresh coffee...who knows how long the illy beans have been on the shelf....
What are fresh coffee beans, where do you get 'just roasted beans' and how long are they fresh for?
Any advice is much appreciated.