Hi Adam and welcome to Coffeesnobs!
The reading you have done has helped you to draw a very good conclusion - freshly roasted beans, ground just before you use them are one of the keys to getting good results from any machine.
so in answer to your question -
You should grind your beans just before you use them. If you dont have a grinder already, I think you can get a decent Sunbeam one for around $200 but Im sure one of the sponsors could help you choose one that fits your budget.Originally Posted by 4E4B4E424D2F0 link=1262221376/0#0 date=1262221376