Ground Coffee. It’s more than a drink, it’s a ritual. A 5-minute sanctuary we experience each morning. Rich, delicious, and reliable. The cherished staple of modern-day society.
However you make your coffee, we know the importance of each cup. That's why, at PlantX, we only want you to experience the best - which is exactly what our luxurious selection of vegan ground coffee does. We're locked and loaded with the best plant-based ground coffee brands going, ready to make your day a touch more flavorful (whichever blend you choose!)
Whether you prefer dark and strong roasts, or crowd-pleasing classic blends, stick around and have a gander. There’s something for everyone - guaranteed.
What is Ground Coffee?
In the simplest of words, ground coffee is what brewed coffee is made of. It’s the flour to bread, the cacao to chocolate, or the tea leaves to tea. Ground coffee is the basic raw ingredient from which your morning cup of Joe is made. It is the most common form of coffee you see on supermarket shelves, in cafe coffee machines, stocked at workplace coffee stations and more.
But just what is ground coffee? Ground coffee is literally ground-up coffee beans, which means ground coffee is entirely plant-based and suitable for vegans. Usually, the coffee beans are roasted before they’re ground, and it is the roasting process that releases the flavours and aromas from raw coffee beans.
There are many ways that roasted coffee beans can be ground – electric machines, blenders or even a good old-fashioned mortar and pestle. With so many different techniques for grinding coffee beans comes a wide variety of coffee ground sizes, from coarse to fine and everything in between. The coffee ground size can have a direct impact on your choice of coffee brewing technique, and the resulting flavour of your coffee. And at PlantX, we’ve got a wide range of coffee bean varieties and grind sizes to suit your every need.
Is Coffee Safe For Everyone?
In general, coffee is considered safe for most people. There is even evidence suggesting drinking coffee may be beneficial. However, like with most foods and drinks, consumption should be in moderation and there are certain groups of people, who may want to avoid drinking coffee.
Typically, this may include children, pregnant or breastfeeding people, people with high levels of anxiety or sleep disorders, people suffering from IBS, heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, diarrhoea, epilepsy, or glaucoma. If in doubt, consult your GP.
Want to avoid the effects of caffeine? You can still enjoy the complex and rich flavours of coffee with decaf blends. Why not browse PlantX’s decaf coffee selection, with a plethora of high-quality, fresh, and flavorful options, you're guaranteed to find the ideal blend for you.
Amazing Benefits of Ground Coffee for Skin, Health, Hair, and More!
We know coffee is good for the soul, but, is it good in other ways? When enjoyed in moderation, the answer is a resounding yes.
Take a look at a few of our favourite benefits of coffee (you’ll have a packet of ground coffee in your basket in no time ... ).
- Coffee may boost your physical and mental performance. Coffee contains caffeine, a substance famous for making humans feel more alert and aware. Caffeine has been linked to increasing the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and noradrenaline, which are thought to help boost your mood.
- Coffee may help protect your body. Coffee is brimming with useful nutrients such as riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, potassium, and various phenolic compounds, or antioxidants. These nutrients are linked with protecting the body against free radicals.
For additional protection, try Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Ground Coffee With Lion's Mane, made with organic Chaga mushroom and organic Rhodiola, it’s ideal for helping fight stress and protecting the body.
- Coffee may be good for the skin! Some scientific studies suggest that coffee consumption may have beneficial skin impacts such as reducing skin inflammation or combating rosacea.
PlantXTop Tip: Why not use your remaining coffee grounds to make a rejuvenating face mask? Simply mix coffee grounds and olive/coconut oil in equal parts, apply to your face and leave on for up to an hour!
- Coffee may stimulate hair growth: The anti-inflammatory properties in coffee have been linked to potential hair growth. This is because inflammation in the hair follicle is one of the key factors in early hair loss.
Top Ground Coffee Brands to Try
With such a wide wonderful array of plant-based and organic coffee grounds available at PlantX, we thought it only fair to share with you a few of our favourites to get you started. Have a read of our current favourite brands to try today:
A morning coffee that gives an energy boost and an immune boost in one? Yes, please. Power up with Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Ground Coffee With Lion's Mane. Made with organic Chaga mushroom and organic Rhodiola, it’s the perfect blend to potentially energise, fight stress and keep your insides in check. No shroomy taste, just bold, dark coffee.
- This is a classic with a twist. Classics are classic for a reason - they are timeless, trusty, and all-around crowd-pleasers. On the hunt for an unbeatable staple? Say hello to Four Sigmatic's Ground Coffee with Vitamin D & Chaga. A rounded blend with a medium-bodied complex flavour. Organic. Nuanced but not too intense. A blend to leave everyone smiling, with added Vitamin D and Chaga.
- For a coffee that’s as good to the earth as it is on our palates, go for Marley Coffee’s Ground Coffee for All Coffee Makers. Founded by Bob Marley’s son, Marley Coffee is committed to sustainability and Fairtrade certified. Coupled with the fact that their coffee grounds are rich with flavour notes to tempt your tastebuds, you’ve got a winning combination!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does Ground Coffee Taste Better than Instant?
Ground coffee is roasted and ground coffee beans. The coffee has not yet been extracted, and you need to get the coffee out of the beans and into your cup by brewing it. Instant coffee, on the other hand, only requires hot water as the granules have already gone through the extraction process during manufacture.
On the whole, ground coffee is considered better than instant coffee. Generally, even non-coffee lovers will taste the flavour difference between ground and instant coffee. As director of Coffee Community, Paul Meikle-Janney, famously stated - ‘it’s like orange juice and orange squash - they are both called orange but one is undeniably better.’
However, instant coffee does have its perks. It’s quick and requires little equipment, making it perfect to pack on the go.
Can I Use Ground Coffee to Make Cappuccino?
Absolutely! But there is a caveat. By strict definition, a cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee beverage that is equal parts espresso, steamed milk and milk froth. Thus for your homemade vegan ground coffee to count as a cappuccino, you’ll need to make an espresso from your coffee grounds.
Espresso is made by forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans to produce a strong black coffee. To achieve this, you’ll need an espresso machine. But fear not if you don’t have a fancy espresso machine, we think you can make a pretty good homemade alternative with good quality organic coffee grounds and some hot milk. Or if you’ve got a coffee capsule machine, why not try Sendero Specialty Coffee - Compostable Coffee Capsules to make your coffee base? Best of all, the capsules are made entirely from plants, so you can pop them straight into your food waste bin after you’ve enjoyed your cappuccino efforts.
Can I Drink Ground Coffee Without Filtering?
There’s no reason why you can’t drink ground coffee without filtering it first as the coffee grounds are edible, but you’ll likely get a much grittier beverage. In some parts of the world, it’s common practice to brew unfiltered coffee, such as the “cowboy coffee” from Turkey, where the coffee grounds and water are boiled together.
However, the jury’s still out as to whether it is healthier to drink filtered or unfiltered coffee. If in doubt, do some research or check with your doctor before you embrace unfiltered ground coffee.
What Is The Best Way To Store Ground Coffee?
The best way to store ground coffee is in an airtight container. Ceramic, metal, or glass containers are best.
The grounds should be kept dry, so avoid any places where beans could be exposed to moisture such as a refrigerator. Heat and light can also damage coffee grounds, so always store them in a cool, dark place – for instance in a cupboard.