Iced Coffee: How To Freeze For Your Grounds And Beans
We all know that freezing food is a great way to store leftovers for later, but did you know that it can also make your coffee better and last longer? Freezing beans and grounds before brewing can result in a smoother, less bitter taste. And because you’ve already done the prep work, you can just grab them out of the freezer, a cup of milk to go with it. Learn how to freeze your beans and grounds below!
Freeze Your Coffee And Its Flavour
Once coffee beans have been roasted they’re ready for you to enjoy, but they also begin to age and lose their oil. To enjoy the full flavour profile of your favourite beverage, you should use beans soon after they’ve been roasted, but that isn’t always possible – that’s where freezing coffee beans and grounds comes in handy. Coffee beans are frozen to slow the aging process, and when you defrost them they’ll taste just as good as they did straight from the roaster.
Dark Roast Needs A Dark Space
It’s important to remember that coffee beans are sensitive to light and heat (which is why coffee should be kept in a cool, dark place like your fridge in an opaque brown bag). The longer your beans sit out, or the more exposure they have to those conditions, the more flavour they’ll lose, so a freezer provides the perfect dark, cool environment for storage.
Freezing Coffee For Freshness
Don’t use your freezer as a permanent home for your coffee beans, this is why it’s best to keep small quantities of coffee in separate freezer bags so that you can always only access what you need at any given time. To help with storage and help prevent freezer burn, remove all air and double-bagging coffee can help protect the beans from moisture, which can cause them to go stale faster.
How To Defrost Your Coffee
Freeze beans covered at 0° and stored in a freezer that is 0 to -18°C, which is the temperature range recommended for freezing. Keep it in an airtight container in the freezer where it will stay fresh for up to two years. When you’re ready to use your beans, defrost them in the fridge overnight. This allows the flavours inside to gradually come back and the surface of your coffee to cool down without causing it to burn your tongue. When frozen coffee beans are thawed they release water, so make sure you drink your beverage immediately after brewing. It’s also important to note that the coarser the grind, the faster it will thaw out, so make sure your home or office coffee machine is ready to make a fresh latte, espresso or cappuccino.
In short, freezing is the perfect way to lock in your coffee’s flavour and freshness. So next time you buy a new bag of beans, consider keeping them somewhere cooler than the cupboard. After more coffee care and brewing tips? Subscribe to the Corporate Coffee Solutions blog today to stay up to date!