Is it true that storing coffee beans in the freezer helps to extend their freshness?
Keith, Puzzled in Plymouth
Dearest Puzzled Keith:
M.A.H.L. Say no Moisture, Air, Heat and Light. For your beans, I mean. The moisture that builds during freezing or refrigeration causes the lovely Boneyard beans to transmogrify into a substandard, everyday grocery store bean, or worse. What would you tell your friends? We will not let that happen to you. Rise up with us and protect the precious bean by always, always storing the beans in a ceramic, airtight container in a cool, dark place. The cabinet above the oven is not the place. Not that I know anything about what happens to coffee beans or little bags of ramen noodles if placed in such a location.
Storing for months is also not advised. Your best bet is to purchase frequently in smaller portions. Once those beans roam from the roaster and have been ground, they lose freshness by the minute. Buy small, buy whole, buy often. And remember, say no to Moisture, Air, Heat and Light.
Most sincerely caffeinated,