Many coffee lovers will go to great lengths to brew the perfect cup. But new research suggests we all may be overlooking a simple step that can improve coffee no matter how you make it: freezing the beans before grinding.
According to the UPI, researchers Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood and Christopher Hendon made the discovery while looking at the effect of temperature when it comes to grinding roasted coffee. They discovered that chilling the beans led to a more consistent particle size in the grind which in turn led to a better taste. “It will alter the taste, because subtle changes in particle size distributions make a huge difference in rate of extraction,” Hendon was quoted as saying. Colonna-Dashwood added, “I bet we will see the impact of this paper in coffee competitions around the globe.”
Since a more even grind leads to better extraction, not only does the coffee taste better, the researchers also claim you’ll need fewer beans and less time to make a perfect cup. “It could have a major impact for the industry,” said Hendon. “People are trying to produce a very high quality drink with really quite powerful tools and are willing to try new things.”