On the weekends, you love to grind coffee beans. The aromatic, flavorful cup of coffee you get is always worth the effort. You wish you had the time to grind coffee every day, but during the week, you’re simply too busy. Can you freeze your fresh grounds to use all week long?
Yes, you can freeze fresh ground coffee to use tomorrow or later in the week. Put the grounds in an airtight container before storing them in the freezer, being sure to avoid light and heat. Use the ground coffee in two weeks for the best flavor.
In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about freezing fresh ground coffee, from how to do it and why your choice of storage container matters so much.
Can You Freeze Fresh Ground Coffee?
While some people gulp down subpar cups of coffee just to get the caffeine buzz, that’s not you. You savor the experience of drinking coffee, so it’s important that it tastes good as well as energizes you. When you don’t have time to grind your coffee, which is the case Monday through Friday, you always long for the weekend when you can make fresh java.
That’s why you’ll be happy to learn that you can grind a week’s supply of coffee, freeze it, and then enjoy fresh coffee all week long.
Compared to the ice cream, frozen peas, and frozen pizza in your freezer, adding ground coffee might seem like a strange choice, but it’s very much doable.
How do you freeze fresh ground coffee? That’s the best part, it takes hardly any effort. All you have to do is grind the beans as you usually do, store the ground coffee in a container, and then put it in the freezer. We’ll talk in more detail about the types of containers you should use in the next section, but that’s the crux of it.
When you want to use your frozen ground coffee, we recommend taking it out of the freezer as soon as you’re up and out of bed for your weekday morning routine. By the time you go to make your cup of coffee, the grounds should have thawed out.
You can then dump the grounds into your coffee pot with some water and let them brew. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to enjoy a flavorful cup of coffee like you do on the weekend, but on a Wednesday! It will feel like the ultimate treat that will put you in a great mood.
The Importance of Selecting the Right Storage Container for Frozen Ground Coffee
As we said we would, it’s time to talk more about where your store your frozen coffee grounds. The container you choose dictates how fresh your coffee grounds will stay and thus how much flavor they’ll retain.
If you’ve ever had freezer-burned ice cream, then we don’t have to tell you how the frost from a freezer can ruin your food in a jiffy. Now imagine trying to swallow down coffee made from freezer-burned grounds. Yeah, it wouldn’t be pretty.
You must freeze the coffee grounds in an airtight bag or container. If you decide on a bag, vacuum-sealing it will ensure the bag has zero air in it. Any storage container with a lid will also be airtight.
You have to take special consideration of where you put the stored coffee grounds as well. If they’re exposed to light or heat when frozen, they could be ruined. When you go to brew the grounds, the taste will be off.
An opaque container will prevent light from affecting the grounds. You can also wrap your vacuum-sealed bag in colored plastic packaging so light can’t hit the bag.
To avoid sources of heat, watch where in the freezer you put the coffee grounds. Both refrigerators and freezers have heat sources even though these appliances feel cool to the touch. The back of your freezer is usually warmest since that’s where the vents are. Put your coffee grounds nearer the front of the freezer then.
How Long Is Frozen Ground Coffee Fresh for?
Frozen coffee grounds, like any frozen food, aren’t good forever. To maintain that fresh taste like you brewed the coffee that day, you want to use the frozen grounds within a week and no more than two weeks.
It’s okay if it’s two weeks and a day, but if it’s been closer to three weeks or four, then you’re better off throwing the coffee grounds away and grinding more. The frozen grounds might have become freezer-burned and their taste will not be fresh either.
Can You Freeze Coffee Beans Too?
What about the beans you use to grind your coffee? Perhaps you have a surplus and you don’t want the ones you can’t use right now to go to waste. Could you freeze them as well?
If it’s going to be closer to a week before you’ll get to the beans, then freezing them is not a bad idea. However, if you’ll use them in the next day or two, then you might want to rethink stashing your coffee beans in the freezer.
According to this 2019 article from Consumer Reports, the smells of other foods can be imparted to the beans if they’re frozen. This can affect the integrity of the bean’s taste, which will trickle down into your coffee cup, altering the flavor.
Further, Consumer Reports says that freezing coffee beans could dampen them, which would again potentially affect their flavor. It’s just not worth it for coffee beans you’ll use in 24 to 48 hours.
Should you decide to proceed with freezing your coffee beans, you want to store them the same way you do fresh coffee grounds. Put the beans in an airtight container and keep the container away from light, heat, and other foods.
Frozen coffee beans are good for three to four months, which is quite a lot of time! Just don’t forget about them any longer than that.
The Benefits of Freezing Your Fresh Ground Coffee
Although you might not freeze ground coffee all that often, that this is an option at all is pretty great. Here are some of the advantages you can enjoy.
It’s Easy to Do
We explained the process of freezing fresh ground coffee earlier. Outside of the considerations for the container you choose, the process couldn’t be any simpler. The hardest part is remembering to take the ground coffee out early so it can thaw in time for you to brew your morning cup.
Fresh, Flavorful Coffee Anytime You Want
The fresh taste of ground coffee is not something you usually get to enjoy every day, but by pre-grinding and then freezing your coffee, that all changes. Sure, frozen coffee grounds don’t taste exactly as amazing as when you grind the coffee fresh, but frozen grounds still have a fantastic flavor if you use them not long after freezing them.
Saves You Money
How many times do you decide to just drive to Starbucks rather than make a flavorless cup of coffee at home? Those $5 or $6 drinks add up if you buy one every weekday or close to it. That’s hundreds of dollars per year you’re spending on coffee alone.
When you pre-grind your coffee for the week, a little goes a long way, quite literally. You’ll have more pocket money that you can use for anything you want.
Coffee on the Go
You don’t necessarily have to brew your frozen coffee grounds at home. If you run out of time in the morning, you can bring the bag or container of grounds with you to the office and then brew coffee in their kitchen. The coffee grounds will certainly thaw out during your drive to work!
Freezing fresh ground coffee might not be something you’d think to do, but it totally works! The key is keeping your grounds in an airtight container away from light and heat. Oh, and don’t forget to use the frozen coffee grounds within two weeks.