What is the best pre-ground coffee for a French Press?

What is the best pre-ground coffee for a French Press?

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  1. I’m going to take the honest approach here and tell you the brutal truth. There is no good pre-ground coffee. Period.
    There are good coffees which are roasted well and consumed fresh (with two weeks of roasting), AND never ground more than a few minutes prior to use.
    The whole bean form is the only protection coffee has to the elements, once you grind it to any coarseness, you will begin to rapidly lose any trapped gases and oils, which are responsible for the largest portion of the flavor and aroma.
    Beyond this, putting whole beans in airtight containers and shielded from light (esp. Sunlight) are the only effective ways to preserve beans for those two short weeks in which they are truly “good”, And if you are fortunate enough to know a good coffee roaster, you can expect “great” whole-bean coffee for the better part of those two weeks.
    Forget the marketing smoke and bull, there is no process to keep coffee “fresh” or “good” beyond those 14 days, none. The best they can do is nitro pack the whole beans, stalling the release of the gases from the beans until the bag is burped or opened. Pre-ground beans have already lost most of what you would hope to forestall. You have already lost, before having begun.
    The good news is that you are likely accustomed to unfresh, mediocre coffee, especially in pre-ground form, otherwide you wouldn’t have asked this question. The other good news is that you are using a French press, so you have the ability to extract the most of whatever is left inside those processed coffee crumbles.
    I would however recommend you use a coarse-ground coffee (picture coarse sea salt, and larger than kosher salt) with french press due to the longer steeping extraction. Left to steep for too long, even fresh beans can take on some additional bite and bitterness when steeped longer that 6 minutes.
    And don’t take my word for it, I have done the research and the experiments to bear all this out, as have countless others. Any true coffee lover and aficionado will tell you the same or discover this given the right circumstances. You are a smart and well-intentioned individual, willing to ask an honest question on a site known for getting the best answers. Do yourself a favor and go the extra mile to discover how good coffee can be when it is at peak and crafted to the ideals, then contrast the results with the mediocre and weak brew you get from industrial coffee. You won’t be able to ignore the facts any longer.
    I’ll end by sharing a little seed of coffee wisdom: “Thou shalt not grind, before it’s time.”
    -Peace, Love, and Good Coffee!

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  2. I have to agree with the other answers that it would truly be at it’s best if you ground it yourself as the water is boiling, but I will make some suggestions to improve your pre-ground Frence press coffee.
    Many supermarkets sell bulk whole beans and provide a burr grinder. If the grain size is adjustable choose a larger grain size. Think coarse sand or sesame seeds.
    French roast is going to be more bold and bitter than what I would call a “utility coffee” (which makes me think Folgers or Chock Full o Nuts). Try a medium roast. Kona beans or shade grown coffees from Central America tend to have a mild, almost sweet taste.
    When you get home from the store immediately put the coffee in an airtight container. Sure, the damage is already done but it’s worth trying to preserve as much freshness as possible.
    Brewing time: don’t immediately pour boiling water into the coffee. Give it a chance to drop down to about 200F. Don’t let it steep for more than 5 minutes. A longer steep time will over-extract tannins and make the coffee bitter.

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  3. None. There is no such a thing as “best pre-ground coffee”, that’s a total oxymoron. Coffee aroma is volatile. Once you grind coffee, you have a few minutes to enjoy it. Once you grind coffee, the amount of surface exposed to air increases thousandfold, the volatile compounds start being released (that’s why freshly ground coffee smells so good), and the oils start getting rancid. We have the “rules of 15” when it comes to coffee: enjoy beans within 15 days of roasting, ground coffee within 15 minutes of grinding, brewed coffee within 15 seconds of brewing”
    A French press has a long steeping time, and the flavor is ruined by using old ground coffee (and by definition all pre-ground coffee is old)
    An acceptable blade grinder costs $15 or less. A good manual grinder less than $25. There is simply no reason to buy pre-ground coffee, when you can grind enough coffee for 5 people in 20 seconds, 50 people in less than a couple of minutes, and get decent beans for the same price (or less) than pre-ground. It’s not like you can use a French press for 50 people anyway, so the amount of time saved by using pre-ground is irrelevant

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  4. There is no definitive answer when it comes to coffee, since everyone’s tastes are different and personal. My personal taste is Peets French roast. I’ll sometimes mix this 50/50 with Peets Arabian Mocha Sanni to get a perfect brew

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  5. I agree with the others on the quality of pre-ground coffee, but I’m going to take a different interpretation of the question. If you MUST use a pre-ground coffee from the supermarket, you need to buy a percolator grind which is the closest to a proper french press course grind that is available. Unfortunately, just like coffee pods (Heaven save us from the totally lazy) have taken over supermarket coffee shelves from bulk coffee, drip grind and espresso grind bulk coffees have almost completely replaced percolator grind coffee on store shelves.
    Fortunately, if you MUST buy coffee from a supermarket, there are still whole bean coffee’s available. Invest in a coffee grinder. Preferably a burr grinder rather than a blade grinder (burr grinders produce a more consistent grind with more uniformly sized bits), but a quality blade grinder isn’t a bad start. You will immediately appreciate the improved quality of your morning Joe when you have ground it fresh. Then you can think about buying freshly roasted coffee from your local or internet roaster!

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  6. If you absolutely must use pre ground, then go to a reputable . independant coffee shop that sells whole beans and get a small batch found for you, No more than 250 grams at a time.

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