Buying less coffee and making more frequent visits to your coffee seller
To all the coffee lovers out there.
How often do you visit your seller/roaster when buying coffee?
I buy my coffee once or twice a week, and in very small amounts.
I have coffee everyday, and so I buy around 100g(3.5 oz) to 200g (7.1 oz) of coffee which lasts for about a week. And that’s usually the smallest amount your local coffee roaster or seller might sell it at.
If you are a family of 4, perhaps 400g(14.1 oz) to 600g(21.2 oz) will suffice for the week.
This could tempt you to take the shortcut of purchasing a months’ worth of coffee instead of going to get coffee 4~5 times a month.
Let’s talk about that.
Don’t buy more than you need
Are you perhaps buying a lot of coffee because of your love for coffee? Are you afraid that coffee might become scarce in the future, so you want to stock your cupboard with as much coffee as possible?
It’s probably advisable NOT to do that.
Always, and always buy your coffee in small amounts. Just enough to last you a week.
That’s just a suggestion, but your local coffee roaster might say the same thing. Less is more.
Now, why should we buy coffee in lesser amounts?
Coffee is a crop….. and just like any other crop it goes bad and loses its flavour after a while. Which means that coffee beans, after they are roasted, will have a life span that ticks away.
Time will naturally degrade the coffee beans. Perhaps not as bad as vegetables, fish or meat.
However, they will start to lose their aroma, taste, and freshness.
This usually starts to take place a month after they’re roasted.
Yes … a month … which means that you can pretty much buy enough to last you a month.
But it’s probably best to get just enough to last you a week since that’s when you get the best full-flavored( freshly roasted ) cup of coffee. If you keep that same batch of coffee and then drink it two weeks later, it may not be as good as when you just got it.
Also, buying in small batches gives you the chance to try other single origins or blends you might not have been able to try.
Perhaps you could check out different sellers/roasters and try their roasts as well.
So, all in all, you have quite a few advantages to buying coffee in small quantities with more frequent visits to your seller/roaster.
Less is more, and this applies when buying coffee.
Enjoy your Coffee Experience!!