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|If you want your home-brewed coffee to taste as good as café-brewed, don’t brew “old” coffee. Air is the enemy of ground coffee—you can notice the decline in flavor at the end of the first day.
Whole beans aren’t impervious; they are at peak flavor when fresh-roasted, but then start to decline—though not as quickly as ground coffee.
For a more flavorful cup:
• Don’t buy more coffee than you can use in a week.
• Store the coffee bag in a plastic storage bag; squeeze out the excess air before sealing.
• Keep the bag in a cool, dry, dark place—but not the fridge, which has very moist air.
Now that you’ve got the beans down, here’s how to brew a great cup of coffee.
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