If you love coffee, then you know how important it is to grind your beans fresh every day. But what about the rest of the time? Can’t we just store our beans in a freezer and still have great iced coffee all year long? In this post, we will explore whether or not freezing coffee beans is an effective way to save money on purchasing iced coffees. The article also goes into depth about the pros and cons of storing your coffee beans in the freezer other methods of preservation.
So one of the most important aspects of freezing coffee is you can’t just throw an entire container of beans into the freezer and hope for the best. The condensation will change moisture levels and a bunch of science stuff happens with many many chemical reactions which will make the coffee taste like crap. Well, it’s actually not that bad, but it won’t be so fresh.
If only life was that simple eh? Unfortunately, it’s not, So we have to take extra time to freeze individual portions into airtight containers. That way, When you remove each portion from the freezer, the rest of the frozen beans won’t have covered in condensation from the temperature change.
We definitely recommend a vacuum pump with small plastic sleeves that would be perfect for single portion beans. Just grab them out of the freezer, tear it open, and grind.
Freezing Coffee Beans
Let’s recap for the article skimmers:
- Step 1: Grab your vacuum pump and small sealable plastic bags. We want something that can remove as much air from the bag as possible.
- Step 2: If you like to drink coffee on a daily basis, it could be worth your time to divide up the beans and store them for shorter stretches of time. You can also do slightly larger batches that will last a couple of days. The more you do the fresher it is though.
- Step 3: The most complicated step in the whole process is step 3. It’s not for the faint of heart or the intellectually impaired. No, this is the hardest process for sure: Put the beans in the freezer. 🙂
- Step 4: Don’t open your frozen beans as soon as they are removed from the freezer. You must allow them to thaw while in a sealed bag/container at room temperature. This is actually the hardest part for realz this time, Because who wants to wait for a delicious coffee? Well, the trick is to take it out before you know you’re going to want it! 🙂
How long with properly packages frozen coffee last in the freezer?
Properly packaged, a bag of beans can last over a year, with flavor degradation starting to kick in after that period.
So why go through all this trouble anyway?
Well, there are a few reasons you might want to store/freeze your coffee in this manner. You might have gotten a large number of beans on sale, and you know you won’t be able to use them all before they go stale.
You collect exotic coffee brands from around the world and like to share that with family and friends, but they tend to go bad too fast for long-term enjoyment.
You want to save money buying bulk, or you don’t want to go to the store every couple of days for a new bag of beans.
There are so many reasons why you would want to freeze coffee beans, so why not try it out for yourself?