Storing Coffee in the Freezer, is it Okay?

There was a time (earlier than I began this weblog) when my supreme espresso was one thing like this. I might get a giant ol’ bag, retailer my espresso in the freezer, take away it each morning and brew a pot of espresso with it.

One of the first issues I “learned” once I stepped into the craft espresso wormhole, was it is by no means okay to retailer espresso in the freezer.

More just lately, I’ve learn a number of issues that heartily assist storing espresso beans in the freezer and a few issues that keep on with the outdated no freezer rule of thumb.

Well. Which is it? Can I retailer my espresso in the freezer or is it a foul thought to retailer espresso in the freezer?

Here is what the consultants say and naturally (it’s my weblog in any case) my opinion on the matter.

According to a number one espresso freshness skilled, Chahan Yeretzian (who boasts a PhD in chemistry and a reasonably spectacular resume), you shouldn’t be storing your espresso in the freezer.


Yeretzian stories that the espresso growing older course of is significantly slowed as you settle down the temperature. He additionally emphasizes that the small advantages you get from impeding the growing older course of are greater than offset by the danger of structural injury to the espresso in addition to the risk of odor contamination and staling by condensation (heat air condenses on chilly espresso beans creating moisture, the sworn enemy of espresso freshness).

“All the changes that we see, especially when it comes to aroma, are slowed down incrementally by 10 degrees at a time. If you cool coffee just 10 degrees below room temperature, this “aging” course of shall be slowed down by an element of two. It has been confirmed that growing older is slowed down should you preserve espresso chilly, however certainly not does this imply it’s best to freeze your espresso” -Chahan Yeretzian (through Spudge)

One factor is sure, if you’ll enterprise into the world of freezing (or chilling) your espresso the fridge is undoubtedly not the most suitable choice (due to all the odors). Daily freezing and unfreezing additionally appears unwise.

In abstract, should you do freeze your espresso :

  1. Use a deep freeze over a consistently used freezer hooked up to a fridge.
  2. Best observe is to solely put model new (unopened) luggage in the freezer.
  3. Let the espresso come fully to room temperature earlier than you open the  bag and expose it to the ambient air.
  4. Realize that you just run the likelihood of inflicting structural injury to the espresso that can change the means is grinds, brews and in the end tastes.

Bonus Thought: In the winter your espresso arrives frozen from sitting on the mail truck all day, be affected person, let your espresso beans come to room temperature earlier than you open it up. Your hastiness may inadvertently prematurely stale your espresso. This additionally results in the query, if espresso is air freighted (regardless of the season, the cargo maintain will get chilly) or in any other case uncovered to freezing tempuratures does your espresso arrive with attainable structural injury?*

Another PhD weighs in on the proponent aspect of storing espresso in the freezer. Dr. Chistopher H. Hendon, writer of the highly regarded and groundbreaking Water for Coffee talks about the advantages of freezing espresso.

Although Hendon admits that freezing roasted espresso is “a bit of unknown territory,” he freezes espresso (numerous it truly) and recommends utilizing a vacuum sealer like this one to make sure your beans frozen integrity.

“Most ‘normal’ folks who freeze things are terrible with their protocol. Lots of water exposure. Lots of poorly sealed bags. If that is the case, the coffee will uptake the smells produced by frozen fish sticks and other things…. not good. Simply being mindful is enough to not have these problems.” -Dr. Christopher H. Hendon (through The Little Black Coffee Cup)

If you probably did wish to divide up your espresso into weekly and even every day doses. You may freeze your espresso in particular person one dose packages. If you’ll do that, there is some attention-grabbing analysis on grinding espresso whereas it is nonetheless frozen (see the the starting of the Hendon article in addition to this Barista Hustle paper).

The National Coffee Association is a bit non committal on the matter saying to purchase the correct quantity of espresso so you may devour it contemporary. They additionally suggest storing your espresso at room temperature in a darkish, hermetic container (maybe the finest recommendation on the topic).

In the finish, the NCA did give a shaky thumbs as much as storing espresso in the freezer.

“Most residence storage containers nonetheless let in small quantities of oxygen, which is why meals saved a very long time in the freezer can endure freezer burn. Therefore, should you do refrigerate or freeze your beans, you’ll want to use a really hermetic container.

If you select to freeze your espresso, shortly take away as a lot as you want for not more than every week at a time, and return the relaxation to the freezer earlier than any condensation kinds on the frozen espresso.” – The National Coffee Association (through

While my proof is purely anecdotal (I’m definitely no championed espresso scientist with a PhD), over the final month or two, I’ve fashioned my very own opinion and course of for storing espresso in the freezer.

Here is how it occurred:

Christmas gross sales. Starting with Black Friday and shifting by way of the vacation season, I used to be tempted by all the candy offers and scrumptious espresso choices. I purchased far more espresso than my spouse and I may fairly devour.

To make issues worse (on the espresso entrance, not the life entrance), my spouse slowed her espresso ingesting significantly over the identical time interval as a result of she’s pregnant (our fourth, thus the build up of espresso reserves). I had a surplus of espresso and I didn’t need all that nice espresso to go stale.

Turning to my freezer as an possibility,  I pitted Dr. Yeretzuan versus Dr. Hendon and weighed out the proof. Here are the floor guidelines I laid out for storing espresso in the freezer.

  1. Use my deep freeze as a substitute of the freezer on my fridge. My fridge and it’s hooked up freezer get opened and closed consistently. My deep freeze retains a colder temperature. I made a decision that, in addition to being out of the means, it could be higher to place the espresso the place the temperature was extra fixed and colder. If you don’t have a deep freeze, I wouldn’t put too effective a degree on this one.
  2. Only retailer model new luggage of espresso. I wasn’t keen to buy a vacuum sealer for the specific function of espresso storage. Storing solely new luggage of espresso ensures that the espresso holds it’s unique seal with the a method valve nonetheless uncompromised.
  3. Get my espresso out the night time earlier than I want it. This will guarantee my espresso comes as much as room temperature fully and eliminates any of the condensation issues. This additionally is a bit on the cautious aspect of issues.
  4. Once the espresso is out and opened, preserve it out and use it as regular. I retailer my contemporary espresso in my darkish and room temperature cupboard in it’s unique bag, squeezing out as a lot air as attainable after every use.
  5. Take out the espresso in order of age. I’m undecided if it issues however I made a decision once I was able to open a brand new bag of espresso, I might get out the oldest bag from the deep freeze.
  6. Keep an open thoughts. This goes for all issues espresso (and just about all of life for that matter). I’ll preserve tasting, studying and evaluating my espresso freezing observe.

Surprisingly, I actually have had no points with storing espresso in the freezer. All my frozen espresso has been actually good (it helps should you begin with nice espresso). Can I say that it was nearly as good as it would have been if I might have consumed it contemporary when it arrived? I can’t. They are all totally different coffees and I at the moment haven’t any option to evaluate earlier than freezing and after freezing (keep in mind the solely freeze unopened luggage rule.)

I suppose I may purchase two luggage of the identical espresso, freeze one and luxuriate in one instantly. I might nonetheless should depend on my reminiscence, notes and hope there aren’t any bias’ (there at all times are) concerned in the course of.

My suggestion is to attempt it your self. Your outcomes might fluctuate. Order some espresso (particularly when it is on sale or order in bulk to avoid wasting on transport) and check out it out. I didn’t have one espresso of the bunch that I suspected of being flat or stale or something different that the means it was shipped to me. Try storing your espresso in the freezer your self and let me know what you assume and what you experiences are. Cheers!

Author Since: Mar 08, 2019

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