Should You Store Coffee Beans in the Freezer?

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Coffee beans can be stored in the freezer as long as they haven't been ground. Never keep coffee beans in the refrigerator because the humidity will ruin the fresh aroma. Keep coffee beans or grounds in an airtight container in the dark with tips from an executive chef in this free video on coffee.

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Hi, my name is Paege Chafin. I'm the executive chef and owner of Roman Gardens Restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida and today we're going to talk about how to store your coffee beans. The secret to storing coffee beans is in that one word, beans. If you buy beans and have a grinder at home, that's the best way to do it, but coffee beans can be frozen but you cannot put them in the refrigerator. Once you refrigerate them, the humidity content takes away the freshness and takes away the aroma when you brew your coffee. When you put your coffee in that filter in the morning, half the fun is that great aroma that you get before the coffee starts to brew. Have you ever noticed that sometimes you don't have that aroma? The reason being is you didn't store your coffee correctly. Once coffee is ground, it has a certain consistency. The outside of this coffee bean is now gone and ground into the coffee itself so you cannot freeze already ground coffee at all but you can freeze the beans. If you buy your coffee already ground, I would suggest putting in an airtight container in the dark. You never want to expose your fresh coffee, beans or ground already to outside air or outside light. When you put your coffee in the filter to brew it in the morning, you want to have that fabulous aroma. Not only before, when it starts to brew but before it starts to brew. So once again, once you grind your coffee, you need to store it in an airtight container but your beans can go in the freezer. That's how you store your coffee beans and my name is Paege Chafin. I'm I'm from Roman Gardens Restaurant in St. Petersburg and have a great day.

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