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    frozen beans?

    I have a bag of beans that I have been storing in the freezer. Should I defrost them in the fridge a day ahead of time or should I just remove from the freezer prior to grinding?

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    you should throw them out. Store coffee in an air-tight container in the pantry..sunlight, moisture and air destroys coffee...sorry that the coffee has to go to waste but trust me you will taste a difference.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    I froze the beans on the advise of a friend who had stored some beans in the frezer for 6 months before serving the coffee to friends and received raves on how good the coffee tasted!

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    Did you taste the coffee yourself? I have been in the coffee biz for a long time...anyway...here are some other "professional" opinions on storing coffee. Oh and see where it says keep away from moisture? Try this...take an empty air-tight container and put it in the freezer or fridge..open it the next day...feel inside the container...it will be wet.

    SBC-Storage
    To preserve the flavor of your coffee beans, you must protect them from moisture, light, and above all, air. That's why at Seattle's Best Coffee, we package our beans still warm from the roaster in our special flavor-lock valve bags.

    To ensure you experience all the unique flavors of our coffees, take the following steps when storing your coffee: Always keep your coffee in an airtight, opaque container and store in a cool, dark place between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Coffee will remain fresh in our valve bags for up to five months if unopened. If you purchase larger quantities of coffee and have opened the valve bag (but go through the coffee slowly), store your beans in several small airtight containers. This will keep the beans you don't use right away fresher longer.

    *$'s-What is the best way to store coffee? How long will it stay fresh? Once roasted, coffee begins to lose its flavor the longer it is exposed to air and moisture. Starbucks recommends buying your coffee weekly, storing it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and grinding it just before brewing. Coffee in an unopened FlavorLock™ bag (see below) will stay fresh for several months. You can learn more about how to brew great coffee in Coffee Education,

    Gloria Jeans Coffee-Hints for storing coffee at home
    1. We recommend storing unused coffee fresh in airtight containers in a cool and dry place. Glass is good because it doesn't retain odours or oils from previous usage. Otherwise a plastic snap-lock bag with the air squeezed out is ideal.
    2. Keep coffee away from the following:
    • Extreme temperatures (too hot or too cold)
    • Light
    • Moisture
    • Strong odors (coffee attracts and absorbs foreign odours)
    3. Do not freeze or refrigerate coffee.
    4. Purchase your beans fresh and use them within two weeks for peak taste.
    5. We recommend you purchase coffee weekly and then grind the beans immediately before brewing because ground coffee rapidly loses its flavour, no matter how it is stored. Whole beans stay fresh longer than ground coffee. However, it is recommended that coffee be ground nearest to the time of brewing. Be sure that the coffee is fresh at the start.

    Hope this helps
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    I just have to interject about this subject. We have experimented with coffee in regular storage, refrigerated, and in the freezer. You DO NOT have to throw this coffee away. Though it will not be super fresh, the coffee will still have a good taste as long as it has not been moved in and out of the freezer. My point to the matter is, once put into the freezer and then taken out, the beans should not be put in the freezer again. If you are buying in larger bulk first take out the amount you will need for 5-7 days. When you need to refill, take your container to the freezer and refill. Do not take the bulk bag out of the freezer. Coffee deteriorates due to light, temperature, and air oxidation. I will add though that the taste will slighty change because of the freezing process, but the coffee is not ruined. We have even found that some brews taste better when they have been frozen. Just do what you think tastes best with your own experimentation. Are all good wines and beers produced the same way?

    P.S. Never refrigerate coffee!

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    donlp37....Hey That was just my opinion...I too have experienced frozen coffee and to me it is not as good as fresh coffee. Personally I perfer to drink fresh coffee..I feel people should buy less and more frequently...well that is just me....
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    Although its slightly off the subject.... I would like to add this comment. For all of us in specialty roasting I would like to think we always encourage our customers to buy small, buy often and to enjoy the really uniqueness of freshly roasted (and ground) coffee. I recently had a visit from a lady who had brought more coffee than she should have from (I hate to say this) one of my employees who should have known better...grrrrr. Anyway she had frozen the excess and commented that it just did not taste the same as it had when she first brought it. I simply took back the original coffee beans and replaced it in "installments" over the next few weeks at no charge. I always, always want my clients to feel the same enjoyment I still get from fresh coffee.
    Merdeka Coffee (Indonesian Coffee Roasters and relationship coffee specialists) - Antipodean (Coffee - Cafe - Culture)

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    FREEZER BURN

    WELL I SEE IT LIKE THIS, COFFEE IS PERISHABLE. ANYTHING FROZEN WILL GRADUALY LOOSE FLAVOR. I FEEL THAT THE QUESTION IS NOT WETHER YOU CAN OR NOT BECAUSE YOU CAN. BUT IS IT AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE? CALL ME A STICKLER BUT I WANT MINE TO BE AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE. YOU CAN FREEZE ICE CREAM TO LONG AND IT GO BAD(AND IT IS SUPPOSE TO BE FROZEN). I'M WITH YOU ALUN_EVANS I DONT THINK FREEZING IS ADVISABLE. WHY GO THROUGH ALL THE STEPS TO MAKE THE PERFECT COFFEE AND COMPROMISE IT WITH SOUR MILK, CHEAP FLAVOR OR STALING BEANS? NOW GO DO THE RIGHT THING,...DRINK COFFEE ITS GOOD!

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    My turn Freeze coffee???What? Are you crazy??? Nothing substitutes for freshly roasted coffee. Depending on how long you degas and package, will largely affect the taste. You can experiment with a number storage techniques, but I've always found that keeping in air tight containers stored in the cool darkness helps. O.K. so I have coffee that I've frozen to see how it held up as well and found that some I've kept in deep freeze for 3 months and tried, in fact I still have some in deep freeze for over 6 years (don't tell anybody). I pull a little out every now and then, and when I do I just put straight in the grinder, but you have to be careful when doing that as well, you don't want to ruin your grinder. I tasted it, it tasted alright, but not as good as a few days from original roast. I guess if you are totally out of coffee and don't feel like firing up the roaster, then it's okay. Just don't tell anyone that's what you are doing
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    hehe..posted at my stand
    "Ideally, you should strive to purchase and use-up your supply of roasted beans on a weekly basis.

    How long do you wait? Establish a relationship with your Coffee Roaster (NW JAVA), and YOU will be happy."
    If your java tastes bitter: ASK QUESTIONS.
    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

 

 
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