If you love your coffee, nothing is worse than running out of it. But with the right steps, you can be sure to always have some on hand! This blog post will discuss whether or not you should freeze ground coffee and if there are any benefits. We will also go over what the best way to store ground coffee is for those who do choose to freeze it instead.
Can you freeze ground coffee?
Yes, you can! But, it will have the same issues as freezing individual ungrounded beans will have. Once it starts to thaw out, the moisture levels will bung up the coffee and it tastes stale and bad. Luckily there is a way around this and it’s one of the main reasons people are able to freeze coffee for so long. Once a batch is frozen, you can take out as many cups worth as you want to enjoy at once for up to a year without any negative effects on taste or texture.
The best part is, whether you’ve already ground your coffee or your using beans, it doesn’t matter. This method is the same for both:
How to freeze ground or whole coffee properly
- Step 1: Before freezing the ground coffee, you need to suck out as much air as possible using a vacuum pump and a plastic bag. You can also use glass or plastic jars, but the more air you remove the better. Remember, you aren’t freezing huge batches. You must freeze individual smaller batches, that’s the trick!
- Step 2: Divide your coffee beans or ground coffee into smaller portions of 2-3 cups (or w/e measurement you choose) at a time. This way you only pull out what you’re going to use so the rest of the coffee doesn’t get moist while it’s thawing out.
- Step 3: Once everything is vacuum-sealed or closed up and ready to go, toss it in the freezer.
- Step 4: Don’t open your frozen beans or ground coffee as soon as they are removed from the freezer. You must allow them to thaw while in a sealed bag/container at room temperature.
See how simple it is? As we said, the only important bit is getting things individually packages, whether it be beans or ground. This prevents moisture from wreaking havoc on the entire batch when it starts to thaw but you don’t use it right away.
What are the benefits of freezing coffee instead of storing it in the pantry?
- The coffee is less likely to become stale.
- Freezing minimizes the chance of bugs infesting your beans.
- You can buy fresh beans in bulk when they’re on sale or offer more flavor variety (e.g., different roasts).
- Ground coffee stays fresh because it’s already in small, sealed packs.
- It makes it a lot easier, in the long run, to use your coffee when you need it because there’s no prep work.
Bottom line is this: If you’re storing coffee as beans, it’s better to freeze them instead. Freezing ground coffee will also keep your grounds fresh for future use if done properly.