Why You Must Grind

Nothing can ruin your day like taking horrible tasting coffee. Such coffee is simply not fresh enough because you have not ground your own coffee beans. Since I learned the secret of grinding fresh coffee beans, I ceased buying ground coffee from the stores. You should also begin grinding your beans today. You will taste a significant difference in your brew.

Still not convinced? Here are a few reasons for this:

Freshness is enhanced

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The already ground coffee you see on the store shelves do not indicate their ground date. Coffee beans do change in taste as time goes by. But, when you grind your own beans, you will be certain of taking fresh coffee. You will save your beans from going stale. The depletion of CO2, moisture and oxidation are major factors that make coffee beans go stale. How is this?

Moisture – The oils found in coffee beans dissolve in water. The water solubility makes the coffee you take smell good and taste delicious. These precious oils in coffee beans can easily dissolve even in the air moisture. So, it does not mean you must have lots of water for the oils to dissolve. Grinding coffee beans forms a large surface area. This area is suitable for moisture to absorb these oils. As a result, the dilution process speeds up.

CO2 depletion – In absence of carbon dioxide, the oil from coffee beans could not transfer to your coffee. The best thing with grinding coffee beans is that it forms an added surface area for carbon dioxide to evaporate. Naturally, beans are highly porous. This is not a great thing if you grind your coffee and fail to brew it immediately.

Consequently, if you keep your coffee beans improperly, they might lose their CO2. Most essentially, you should not let your ground coffee sit for days. If you do, the coffee might lose a major element behind its great flavor and aroma.

Oxidation – Oxidation is a process whereby compounds connect with molecules in the air to form distinct molecules. Coffee beans also have similar complex compounds. These compounds are responsible for the flavor and aroma in ground coffee. However, some of these compounds are unstable. This lack of stability does make these compounds to change easily.

Oxidation helps in releasing the desired aroma and flavor compounds from coffee beans. Grinding the coffee beans will speed up the oxidation process. This is beneficial if you brew your ground coffee immediately. Waiting too long might interfere with the aroma and flavor of your ground coffee. Your coffee will get its unique aromas and flavors from oxidation. Nonetheless, oxidation takes place whether you brew your coffee instantly or later.

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I love grinding my coffee beans because of the authority I get in terms of grind size. Grind size has a great effect on coffee flavor and aroma. Brewing superb coffee is fully in your control. Great command over every step in your brewing process affects the quality of your coffee. Therefore, you should use the right grinder to get top quality ground coffee

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Choose to Be Happy

People have different definitions to happiness. I have struggled for many years to find happiness. I have chased it all over the world, to only come home and figure it out. Fortunately, I found helpful tips on how to unlock happiness in my life. I decided to fall in love with the world and life I already had.

Here are a few secrets to how you can stay happy:

Prioritize on contentment

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Having high expectations from people is dangerous, and very disappointing if they fail to deliver. The best thing to do is to be satisfied with your current situation. Contentment is a source of motivation in life. This entails creating feasible goals to boost your happiness. External success does influence our happiness. If we value success more than happiness, we become unhappy. Instead, we should recognize what we own, value it and we will find happiness.

Be passionate about your work

Have you ever come across people who are stressed by their work? Aren’t they supposed to enjoy working? Such people only report to work for money instead of satisfaction. In addition, it is impossible for them to be happy.

If you enjoy what you do, happiness will flow naturally. If you hold an unsatisfactory job, you might eventually resign regardless of how well paying it is. It is possible to enjoy your work while at the same time earn good money. Do not settle for an abusive job position.

Value the present

We all face challenges in life. These challenges happen to give us lessons to learn. They are not supposed to hinder us from enjoying our current situation. We should acknowledge that the past belongs to the past. Having gone through tough situations does not mean great things will never happen in future. Therefore, you should bury your worries and enjoy the present. Focus on the bright future ahead.

Fight for your happiness

Adapt the act of positive thinking and open-mindedness. This will help you to keep a flexible strategy to attain your goals. These goals should not be your primary priority, happiness should be. If you fail to achieve one goal, be positive. Life is not about goals, it is about how happy you are.

Socialize a lot

Our brains have mirror neurons, which help us see people’s behaviors as our own. We bond with others unconsciously. For instance, we yawn when we see others do the same. Isolation creates room for negativity. Socializing allows love and happiness to flourish, which is essential for our wellbeing. Look for opportunities for enjoying a hot of coffee with friends. That helps!

Do not envy others

Ambition is healthy, but envious is harmful and will result to unhappiness. As much as we would admire some role models, we should not compare ourselves to them. If we concentrate too much on people’s lives, we are likely to lose our vision.

Do not worry – be happy

pretty girl enjoying her drink

Worrying about our present or future circumstances will not change anything, anyway. Instead, we should live one day at a time. Live each day as if it were our last. Be happy; tell your friends and family you value/love them while enjoying a hot drink. Eat and drink healthily as if there is no tomorrow. Most importantly, do not try to please others. Pleasing others sacrifices our happiness.

Be optimistic

Negativity only attracts unhappiness. Instead, we should be positive in case of an unfortunate event. For instance, if your boss fires you, consider it as a chance to get a better job. At times, we go through tough times to open our eyes. Take each life situation optimistically and you will find happiness.

Perhaps we can sum up this article by stating that there is no single key to happiness. In most cases, we are unhappy because we do things that we do not like. The only solution to happiness is to cease doing them.

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