I’m not sure about you, but I always buy way more coffee than I can consume in a single sitting. Because I always throw away some of my coffee (which is a waste), I decided to investigate different methods of keeping my coffee fresh, specifically storing it in the freezer.
According to Major Cohen, a Starbucks coffee expert, you should never freeze coffee beans because any water trapped inside the bean can split the bean. In addition, moisture condenses on the beans or grounds, reducing the flavor of the beans or grounds. Alternatively, it has been suggested that you can freeze coffee beans for up to 14 days if you remove all of the air from the packaging before placing it in the freezer.
Is it necessary to keep your coffee in the freezer? Perhaps we should delve a little deeper into this subject matter. It will be discussed in this article whether it is a good idea to store coffee in the freezer and when it is not.
Should You Store Coffee In The Freezer?
Very cold temperatures are extremely effective in slowing certain types of reactions that occur when food becomes stale.
Ice-cold temperatures help to slow down oxidation and prevent the loss of volatile aromatic compounds, in addition to generally slowing down the freezing process.
The problem is that most household freezers do not get cold enough to halt this process in its tracks completely.
Mike Civet, a renowned coffee scientist, engineer, and roaster builder, conducted research that concluded that coffee should be stored at minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
It does not matter what units you use to describe this temperature because it is a magical temperature.
In any case, most household freezers maintain a temperature of approximately minus 20 degrees Celsius. Unfortunately, that’s sufficient to slow the progression of the procedure significantly.
Freezers, on the other hand, have a problem. They are extremely dry places, and moisture cannot remain in the air for long periods at those temperatures.
The moisture in the air condenses and solidifies into ice crystals. If you’ve ever had a freezer, you’ve probably witnessed something similar, and you’re probably aware that freezers require deicing.
Is it true that putting coffee in the freezer keeps it fresher longer?
All of that ice, all of that accumulation, has come from the atmosphere. So, how does this affect the taste of coffee?
Ideally, we would be able to store coffee in our freezer, which would help slow down the aging process, which would be fantastic.
But what we want to do is limit the amount of interaction between the coffee beans, which are currently at minus 20 degrees Celsius, and any surrounding air.
This is exactly what you don’t want to do. You don’t want to go out and buy a large Kilo bag of coffee, only to have to store the entire bag in your freezer.
After taking the bag out of the freezer and making your coffee, return the bag to the freezer until the next morning. Nothing more than introducing a large amount of fresh humid air into the beans is required.
On that cup of coffee, you’re going to get ice crystallization, which isn’t good in any way whatsoever. So here’s what you should do to be the best.
What is the most effective method of storing coffee to keep it fresh?
If you’ve purchased a kilo of coffee, a couple of pounds of coffee, or if you’ve purchased more coffee than you’ll need in the next week or two, what you should do is divide it into one- to two-week portions and freeze them.
When you’re freezing something, you want to remove as much air as possible from the container.
What Is The Most Effective Container For Storing Coffee?
Some people go to the extreme of vacuum packing it, which I think is a little excessive, and I’m a little uncomfortable with the amount of waste that results from doing so as well.
Certain foods require vacuum packaging, which I accept, but vacuum packaging coffee, in my opinion, is wasteful, and I am adamantly opposed to waste.
When it comes to freezing coffee beans, vacuum packaging is probably the most effective method available.
However, I would not go so far as to vacuum individual seal portions unless you were brewing an extremely expensive cup of coffee and operating a very, very, very cold freezer at the same time.
So, you’ve purchased a kilo of coffee and want to parcel it out into 250 gram, 300 gram, 350 gram, or whatever size you prefer, into those types of parcels, right?
If you want to do this, you can use a Mason jar that has been approved for use in the freezer.
If you prefer, you could use freezer bags to store the food. However, if you don’t want to use those bags again, you can buy three or four individual normal-sized retail bags and store them all in the freezer, except for one.
Does it matter if the coffee beans are frozen or not when grinding them?
Although I prefer to let the beans defrost overnight, you can grind the beans straight from the freezer because the grinder does return some heat to the pot.
It all comes down to personal preference and how you feel about the flavor of your coffee after you’ve brewed it.
You can take a portion of frozen beans out of the freezer the night before you need them and leave them to defrost overnight without opening them.
When the beans are that cold, you don’t want to open the bag because condensation will form on the beans, and that’s not particularly good for the taste of the coffee in general.
This is something you don’t want to do if you’ve just purchased a regular-sized retail bag; it’s simply not worth it to freeze something that small. If you follow the instructions for the next couple of weeks, then you’ll be fine.
What little you do will have little effect on the condition of that coffee. If the coffee is stale or out of date, to begin with, freezing it isn’t going to accomplish anything.
There will be no good things happening there. But, of course, nothing bad will happen, but nothing good will happen as well, so why bother trying to make things better?
To summarize, if you have more freshly roasted coffee than you will consume in the next couple of weeks, divide the excess into portions that will last one to two weeks and store them in an airtight container.
Remove as much air as you can from the containers and freeze them. Then, the night before you intend to use a portion, remove it from the freezer and leave it sealed on the counter to defrost overnight. Then, the following morning, get up, drink, and enjoy yourself.
It’s a fairly straightforward process. Your job may have been terminated or made redundant if you require coffee. If you cannot afford coffee but require coffee, you may have been laid off or made redundant. I’m completely baffled by what’s going on.
If you can afford coffee, please go out and buy some; this will help support local businesses and be morally correct.