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Nov 30, 2006 02:01 PM

Coffee in the Freezer?

Mistake? The way to go? Please advise.

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  1. I do it all the time & haven't had any problem...just be sure to wrap it securely because the coffee odor can really take over.

    1. A very close friend of mine is a retired plant manager of a major coffee roasting company, and he recommends only to keep opened coffee packages as airtight as possible at room temp. Hope this helps.

      1. To clarify, I am not referring to long time storage, I am referring to day to day use. To further clarify, i usually buy a one-pound bag of ground coffee (for paper drip) which usually lasts around 10-14 days. Is it beneficial to keep it in the freezer to preserve freshness?

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        1. re: abu applesauce

          I'm talking about day2day use as well. To tell you the truth, I have no idea if it's beneficial or

          1. re: abu applesauce

            The problem I see here is the word "ground". Ground coffee goes stale very quickly. Like 24hours quickly. However, most people drink stale coffee with zero problems. I'd suggest a $20 krups grinder, buy whole beans that you'll use in one week, and store it in an airtight container.

          2. For day-to-day use, no. It dulls the flavor of the coffee. It will stay perfectly fresh for a week at room temperature if you keep it in an airtight container. You should really only freeze coffee if you're storing it for longer periods of time, and then when you get some out, bring it to room temperature before you brew.

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            1. re: Andiereid

              Fauchon, I'm in the same boat as you--I put freshly bought coffee dirrectly in freezer out of habit. However the other day I purchased particularly delicious smelling coffee, and I was truly enjoying the smell in my kitchen, which led me to wonder if freezing it while fresh is actually harmful?
              Andiereid, who i must assume is an eagles fan, has provided an answer.

              1. re: abu applesauce

                Ha! No, that's actually my name! Although I don't play ball. I'm 39, so I'm too old for playing pro football, and I'm also a girl, so they probably wouldn't let me on the team. Oh well...

                I used to freeze our coffee for daily use, and then I read an article about storage and freezing it and such, and I really do notice a big difference in how our coffee tastes now that I just leave it at room temp in a sealed jar.

                1. re: Andiereid

                  The problem with coffee in the freezer is that when you take it out, it warms up slightly, and condensation forms on the beans. When you put them back in the freezer, the condensation freezes. Bad.

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    Ah! OK! Well, that makes perfect sense!

                    1. re: Buckethead

                      Yes, this is what I have heard as well. There is a coffee store in NYC called Porto Rico. Their suggestion is long-term storage in the freezer, but once you take it out, keep it in refrigerator for daily uses. As you say, no in and out of the freezer because of the condensation.

                      1. re: chow_gal

                        I do the same thing as well. I also heard that besides condensation, the oils in the beans freeze and may even separate. If you freeze your beans for the day to day use, I don't think you give enough time for the oils to thaw.