Can You Freeze Coffee Beans? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Coffee Beans? 

Yes, you can freeze coffee beans, and they can last in the freezer for a couple of months. Although many are skeptical about freezing coffee beans, you can freeze them, if you portion the beans and store them completely sealed from being exposed to air, odor, or freezer burns. 

If you are looking to freeze coffee beans, this comprehensive guide has got you covered. 

These methods and tips have worked splendidly for me and many others. 

Here is how you go about it. 

How to Freeze Coffee Beans?

How to Freeze Coffee Beans?

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is the most recommended and foolproof method of freezing coffee beans. 

Materials

  • Coffee Beans

Tools

  • Ziploc Bags

Instructions

    Portion the Beans: Divide the coffee beans into portions that you can easily manage to use within a week or so.

    Pack and Seal: Transfer the portioned coffee beans into a Ziploc bag and seal them. Make sure to squeeze out all the extra air in the bag before sealing it. You can use a straw to make this process as efficient as possible.

    Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the date, and you are all set to freeze the coffee beans till you need it next.

    Here is a video guide by “Kyle Rowsell” on YouTube to show you how it is done -

How Long Can You Freeze Coffee Beans? 

Coffee beans can last in the freeze for 3 to 4 months. Although it can last in the freezer for longer than that, it is best to use it up sooner rather than later.

While the cold temperatures are great to extend the shelf life of the coffee beans, the dryness and exposure to air can spoil the coffee beans faster.

So, the coffee beans must be completely sealed from being exposed to air to freeze them for long. 

A steady temperature is also key to freezing coffee beans for long. So, keeping it in the coldest corner of the freezer, away from the door would be best.

How to Store Frozen Coffee Beans? 

You can store frozen coffee beans in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. You could also store them in mason jars if they are freezer safe. 

The key is to keep it stored as air-tight and free of moisture as possible. Coffee beans are also prone to absorbing odor, so it is more important to keep them air-tight. 

Although investing in a vacuum sealer or food saver is the best option, when it comes to freezing coffee beans, a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe container would do just fine.

You can also freeze the package of coffee in a Ziploc bag to give it added protection.

How to Defrost Coffee Beans? 

Since the coffee beans are frozen dry, you can grab a handful out of the container and seal and freeze the rest instead of thawing it.

Thawing the coffee beans can lead to condensation seeping in and making the coffee beans soggy and mold forming. 

You could, however, thaw the beans on the kitchen counter overnight, without opening the container or bag so that it is not exposed to air. Once it thaws, the coffee beans need to be used up within a week or so.

Can You Refreeze Coffee Beans? 

Although you can refreeze coffee beans, it is best to avoid doing so. If the coffee beans had not been left out for too long and were thoroughly resealed, you can refreeze them.

But keep in mind that there is a risk of the coffee beans deteriorating after repeatedly being exposed to air and temperature changes.

To avoid having to refreeze or waste the coffee beans once it thaws, you can freeze them in portions that you can easily manage to consume in one go.

Do Coffee Beans Freeze Well? 

Freezing coffee beans is tricky, and it is best to avoid freezing them. A lot of care and precautions need to be taken, to freeze coffee beans, most people avoid freezing them. 

But that being said, if done right and stored in air-tight containers, free of moisture, the coffee beans can last well in the freezer for quite a long while.

Bottom Line 

I hope this article helped you freeze and store extra coffee beans for the long term. 

If you have any doubts or would like to share some tips on freezing coffee beans, it would be great to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with your coffee-loving friends and family. 

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About Barbara Foster

Barbara is a traveler who has traveled to more than 25 countries. She loves the variety of food she gets to experience on her trips and maintains detailed journals of her travels which she plans to publish as a book someday. She loves to bake. Her favorite cuisines are Italian, French, and Mexican.

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