it seems like you're asking for either the blue pill or the red pill.
>blue get the preground and your coffee will taste delicious because i say it will and that's the power of suggestion combined with placebo and ignorant bliss (marketing 101)
>red beans and burr grind for genuinely delicious coffee and then lurk the coffee threads while silently laughing at the plebs who use preground and unironically insisting that their coffee doesn't taste like diarrhea
Honestly it depends where are on the coffee snob scale.
If you're new to coffee then I'd recommend preground because as you develope your craft and eventually make the switch to grinding beans then you'll truly appreciate the difference in taste. If you go straight to beans then you'll never really know.
>>7283363 They're both good. I really don't understand why /ck/ claims that preground is always stale, both smell great coming out of the bag. The only time I've actually seen stale coffee was a bag of garbage grounds I bought from a dollar store. It had no coffee aroma and smelled like dirt. It also had the consistency of potting soil. In fact, I was beginning to wonder if I had been sold potting soil in a bag. I'll never know, because I threw it out almost immediately.
>>7284669 >I really don't understand why /ck/ claims that preground is always stale Because technically it is. Oxidation is constantly occurring, and fats and other susceptible molecules are being oxidized in the beans. With whole beans, this happens slow, but once ground, the surface area is increased exponentially, and thus also does its contact with oxygen. Temperature and light is also a factor, with beans typically stored cold in bulk, but ground more at room temperature and in light.
>>7284694 I don't know about taste, as I'd have to try different grounds periodically, which I don't do. As it stands, I don't need a "real opinions", as science doesn't lie. Freshly ground beans are chemically less oxidized then preground, and neither taste nor opinion have to factor into it.
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