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From Bean to Cup: How to prepare the perfect drink from whole bean coffee

From Bean to Cup: How to prepare the perfect drink from whole bean coffee

by Alex Brecher August 23, 2022 4 min read

When you buy whole coffee beans, do you automatically grind them before brewing your coffee? Do you shy away from buying whole beans because you don’t have a coffee grinder? Well, it may be time to try brewing whole bean coffee.

To make sure your whole bean coffee comes out as well as can be, you’ll want to follow these instructions and choose the best coffee. Alex’s Acid Free Coffee tastes great and is gentle on the stomach, and the coffee beans are the freshest possible. Here’s what you should know about how to prepare the perfect drink from whole bean coffee.

Why Make Coffee from Whole Beans?

Everyone makes coffee from ground coffee, so why would you even consider making whole bean coffee? There are some reasons to make coffee from whole beans. 

First, it can give you a more consistent brew. That’s because coffee grinders have blades that can chop coffee beans unevenly. The pieces of coffee beans can be different sizes and shapes, which means that they will brew unevenly, just like you’ll get unevenly cooked meat or vegetables if you don’t cut them to be the same size. 

The smaller pieces of coffee beans will release more flavors as they cook more. They may be more bitter. The larger pieces may not cook as much, and can provide a weaker flavor.

Another reason to make whole bean coffee is that it’s the freshest way to make your coffee. When beans are ground, they expose more surfaces to oxygen, which can cause oxidation and rancidity. They might also become more moist, which can reduce the coffee’s flavor.

Finally, it’s fun and different to make whole bean coffee. If you like playing around in the kitchen, or if you’re interested in immersing yourself in your coffee experience, this is a way to do it. It takes about an hour for the coffee to brew, which gives you plenty of time to savor the aroma as you go about your business and wait for your coffee to be ready.

Choosing a Coffee

No matter whether you use ground beans or whole beans to brew your coffee, or you make hot brew or cold brew, or you’re having black coffee or a fancier coffee beverage, the best coffee starts with the best coffee beans. These are some considerations when choosing coffee.

  • Taste. Factors such as where the beans are from and the roast affect the taste. Alex’s Acid Free Coffee is made with a blend of coffee beans from Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras, and it’s roasted to a French Roast medium dark degree. The result is a coffee with notes of chocolate, vanilla, hazelnuts, and fruit. 
  • Acidity. Do you have acid reflux or heartburn? Are you managing IBD or IBS? Has your doctor put you on a low-acid diet? Alex’s Acid Free Coffee is a reduced-acid brand. As a bonus, our coffee doesn’t have much of a bitter taste due to the lower acid content.
  • Certified organic. If you want to be sure your coffee wasn’t grown using synthetic chemicals, and no toxic chemicals were added during processing, buying certified organic coffee is the way to go. Alex’s Acid Free Coffee is part of the USDA’s National Organic Program and it meets strict standards. 
  • Freshness. Fresh is better, so be sure you purchase coffee beans that are packed when they are fresh, and they are in packages that are known to maintain freshness. Alex’s Acid Free Coffee is guaranteed fresh.
  • Caffeine content. Sometimes you need a pick-me-up, sometimes you want to relax, and sometimes you need something in between. Regardless, you always want to count on quality. Alex’s Acid Free Coffee comes in Regular, Decaffeinated, and Half Caff versions that come from the same quality beans.

Once you choose your coffee beans, it’s time to make sure you have the equipment you need for making whole bean coffee.

Equipment for Making Whole Bean Coffee

You don’t need a lot of equipment for making whole bean coffee. Here’s what you should get together before you start.

  • Small saucepan that is deeper (taller) than your mason jar.
  • Mason jar
  • Spoon
  • Mug
  • Strainer

You’ll also need whole coffee beans, such as Alex’s Acid Free Coffee in a Whole Bean variety, water, and whatever additions, such as cream, sweetener, and syrups, you want. You can use about 1 cup of coffee beans and 2 ½ cups of water.

Steps for Brewing Whole Bean Coffee

Are you ready to brew whole bean coffee? Here are the simple steps.

  1. Bring water to a boil and then turn off the heat.
  2. Put your whole beans into your mason jar.
  3. Add the hot, recently boiled water to the mason jar until it is about ¾ full.
  4. Place the mason jar into the saucepan. Add water to the saucepan, surrounding the mason jar, until the level of the water in the saucepan and the mason jar are equal. 
  5. Bring the water to a boil, then lower it to a simmer.
  6. Simmer the water for 50 to 60 minutes. Stir 3 to 4 times during that time. As time passes, you’ll see the water start to become brown as it turns into coffee.
  7. Using a strainer, strain the contents of the mason jar. You can do it directly over your drinking mug, or allow the coffee to collect in a clean jar.

Your coffee is now ready to drink or use as you normally do!

Finishing Off Your Coffee Beverage

Alex’s Acid Free Coffee tastes great however you love your coffee. Once your whole bean coffee is brewed, you can drink it black, add cream or cream, sugar or sugar substitute, or syrup or sugar-free syrup. You can turn it into iced coffee and blend it with milk or almond milk. It’s yours to enjoy!

The best coffee is fresh and tasty, and the coffee-drinking experience is one that many people love to savor. That’s why you might want to try whole bean coffee. It may become an essential part of your daily coffee routine or an occasional treat to look forward to. 



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