How to defrost frozen coffee beans

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dancingpotato

#1: Post by dancingpotato »

I read the article "Coffee: To Freeze or Not to Freeze" and I possibly missed the part on the proper method to defrost the beans.
I would like to defrost small amounts ... only one or two "scoops" at a time ... the beans have been stored in glass jars. How long should they be left at room temperature before grinding? I read that frozen beans can be ground but I presume then you would still have to wait for the coffee to reach an appropriate temperature ...
Any hints or suggestions would be most welcome ... :D

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another_jim
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#2: Post by another_jim »

The only issue, as far as I know, is keeping condensing moisture away from the beans. Always seal and unseal them at room temperature: seal --> freeze --> defrost --> unseal
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dancingpotato

#3: Post by dancingpotato »

Thank you for your reply Jim ... do you have any idea how long it takes the small quantity of beans to reach room temp ?

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another_jim
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#4: Post by another_jim »

Not exactly. I take 1/3 pound lots out of the freezer three to four hours before I use them. They are always ready by that point.
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Bob_McBob

#5: Post by Bob_McBob »

I usually just take it out the night before or in the morning if I plan to use it in the afternoon.
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JohnB.
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#6: Post by JohnB. »

The roasted beans don't hold the cold long so it depends how you are packing the beans. I've checked 80gr vacuum bags of roasted beans with a Raytek MT6 temp gun & it took approximately 10 minutes for the beans to reach room temp after removal from the freezer. If you've got them in a glass jar you'll be waiting much longer as the glass & metal lid need to come up to temp.
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CoffeeOwl

#7: Post by CoffeeOwl »

I once took a 250g bag out of the freezer and opened it after 3 hours - the beans were still cool. Since then I take the bag out one night (12 hours) before planned use.
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mitch236

#8: Post by mitch236 »

Am I missing something? If you freeze the beans as soon as you get them (maybe 3 days past roast), don't you still want to let them rest for a day or two anyway?

dancingpotato

#9: Post by dancingpotato »

Thanks all you coffee geeks !

wookie

#10: Post by wookie »

mitch236 wrote:Am I missing something? If you freeze the beans as soon as you get them (maybe 3 days past roast), don't you still want to let them rest for a day or two anyway?
That depends on what beans you are freezing and how long you anticipate them being in the freezer. Ideal usage for some beans is 3 - 4 days post roast. Others may peak after a week. Also, coffee will still age in the freezer, just at a lot slower rate.

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