If you’re a coffee novice, or just want to know more about what makes a great cup of coffee, consider the difference between whole bean coffee and pre-ground beans. Whole bean coffee beans require grinding before you brew, but freshly ground coffee releases all of the brightest flavors and sips smooth. Pre-ground beans are much more convenient because they don’t require a coffee grinder or any extra work, but they do lose some of the subtle, fresh flavors. A great coffee pod will grind their beans and then immediately vacuum seal their pods to maintain freshness. You can also grind your own coffee beans and store them in a reusable pod.