15 April 2009

Coffee loses flavor rapidly whether ground or whole bean. You can buy whole beans and ground just before brewing to get the best flavor.

The enemies of coffee are oxygen, light, heat, and moisture. Store whole beans in an airtight, opaque container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks. Storing coffee in the refrigerator or freezer for daily use can damage the coffee as warm, moist air condenses to the beans whenever the container is opened. You may freeze coffee for up to 3 months, but you should bring the coffee to room temperature before brewing.

Instant coffee is available in most supermarkets, and most cooks keep a jar of it handy, just for the aforementioned uses. For drinking though, do yourself a favor and buy a coffeepot and some decent coffee. There’s a reason instant coffee declined in popularity.

It is the caffeine that cheers us up as we drink a cup of coffee. The caffeine content in a coffee seed equals 2-3% of its total weight. However, the above content of caffeine is believed to be exceedingly high for the modern humans who live in a stressful world. Therefore, instant coffee’s caffeine content is decreased during manufacture to 2.3% in order to meet the international standards. In theory, the caffeine content in instant coffee must not go below the above level. On the other hand, some instant coffee brands contain as little as 0.1% of caffeine.

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