We should bear in mind that most "normal" people buy their coffee at supermarkets, often pre-ground, and consume it over the space of weeks. *They never complain about staleness, and all our debates about freshness and crema may be academic to them.
Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise. *In fact, life was much easier when i went to the supermarket, bought a brick, brewed 4 cups on my stove-top, and kept them warm in a thermos flask most of the day. *
There was more bench space. No mess from grinders.
Sometimes :( I think I miss that simplicity as my mind tangles in thermocouples, grinder notches, crema. first cracks and the rest of the business.