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Coffee is a daily snippet of joy that makes life that bit more full - don’t let yourself miss out…
What is ground coffee?
In the simplest of words, ground coffee is what brewed coffee is made of. It is the small particles left behind once coffee beans have been roasted and ground. It is the most common form of coffee that you see on the shelves of a supermarket. So, you have probably sipped away at many cups of coffee made from ground coffee already!
How is ground coffee made?
Like all coffee, ground coffee comes from the coffee tree. The coffee beans are harvested and collected, then roasted and ground into smaller particles. There are many ways that roasted coffee beans can be ground, for example, with electric machines, blenders, or even with mortar and pestles. However, whichever grinding technique is used, the goal is to keep as much flavor as possible. Once the coffee beans have been roasted and ground, the small particles left behind are what we refer to as ‘ground coffee’.
What is the difference between instant coffee and ground coffee?
Using ground coffee to make your morning cup of coffee takes a little more tender love and care than using instant coffee. Ground coffee is simply roasted and ground coffee beans. This means you still need to get the coffee out of the beans and into your cup by brewing it. People do this many different ways, for example in a cafetiere, percolator, or with a filter. Once you have brewed your coffee, you can add vegan milk or any extras as you wish. Instant coffee, however, only requires you to add hot water. There is no extraction time needed for the coffee to get out of the coffee beans. This is because the granules have already gone through the process at the factory - hence the term ‘instant’ coffee.
Which is better - ground coffee or instant coffee?
Even non-coffee lovers will taste the difference between ground and instant coffee, and ground coffee always comes out on top. As Paul Meikle-Janney, director of Coffee Community, famously stated - ‘it’s like orange juice and orange squash - they are both called orange but one is undeniably better. While there have been efforts in recent years to improve the taste and quality of instant coffee, here at PlantX, we like it old school. Get your hands on a packet of ground coffee and treat yourself to the flavor you deserve. Perhaps it will add 5 minutes to your morning routine, but, our friends, good things come to those who wait ...
What are the health benefits of ground coffee?
We all know that ground coffee is good for the soul. It’s reliable. It wakes you up. It’s the comforting touch of energy we all need sometimes. But, is it good for us in other ways? Lucky for us coffee lovers, when enjoyed in moderation, the answer is a resounding yes.
So, if we haven’t convinced you yet, take a look at our favorite five benefits of coffee (you’ll have a packet of ground coffee in your basket in no time ... ).
1. Coffee boosts your physical and mental performance. Coffee is packed with caffeine, an ingredient famous for making humans more alert and aware. So whether it’s a big presentation at work or a heavy workout at the gym, ground coffee has your back.
2. Coffee may help you to cut down your sugar intake. As well as caffeine, coffee contains magnesium and potassium. These minerals help the body use insulin and regulate blood sugar levels. This helps many people curb those sweet tooth cravings for sugary snacks.
3. Coffee may lower your chance of suffering certain health conditions. Coffee is thought to help lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease. Some studies even suggest that a cup of coffee a day can extend our lifespans by lowering the chances of death from certain health conditions.
4. Coffee can protect your body. Coffee is brimming with useful nutrients such as riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, potassium, and various phenolic compounds, or antioxidants. These fight and protect against free radicals within your body.
5. Coffee can make you smile. The caffeine in coffee stimulates the nervous system and increases the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline - all of which boost your mood. This means coffee can be linked to brightening your mood, helping to fight depression, and even lowering the risk of suicide.