Should your freeze your coffee beans? The Answer is that you should not to put your coffee in the fridge or the freezer. basically, don’t do it. “Coffee’s like bread,”. If you put a half-opened bag of beans in the freezer, when you thaw it out, it doesn’t taste the same or as good as when you first bought it. Not to mention, “The cell structure of coffee is soft and porous, and likes to absorb aromatics.” That’s code for: If you have garlic or onions in your freezer, your coffee beans might take on some of that flavor. “You don’t want that in your morning cup of Java,” he jokes.
So should i put them in the fridge. The fridge is also not a good at all. This will cause the coffee to condensate and pushes oils to the surface. It actually ages the coffee faster.
If you are dead-set on keeping beans in the freezer (e.g., you stocked up on several bags of beans from your favorite far-away roaster but know you’ll only finish one of those bags in a week or two), just make sure the bag is sealed and unopened. Then, before drinking, you’ll have to let the beans thaw to room temperature. You may have preserved some of those fresh flavors, but you’ll also have created a pain in the neck out of a beverage that’s supposed to be convenient and easy.
So how do you store coffee then?
- For best coffee results, fresh coffee beans should be kept in a coffee bag with an air valve or a canister like the air tight kitchen canister away from air, light and heat as much as possible at controlled room temp, out of sunlight and away from the oven. The AirScape specifically, forces air out of the canister and away from the beans, preserving them much longer.
- In a perfect world, you should buy only a week’s worth of freshly roasted coffee at a time and store the rest as described above.
- If you absolutely must purchase large quantities of coffee and store it, vacuum seal small quantities and freeze in a chest freezer that maintains a constant temperature away from any high-odor food like fish. There are some studies and blind taste tests that have suggested that up to 2 months in the freezer still yields acceptable tasting coffee. Once it has been frozen and thawed do not re-freeze but instead store in an airtight canister like the AirScape.
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