Black or creamy, hot or iced, decaf or double shot—coffee drinkers aren’t short on options (or opinions). But there’s one thing we can all agree on: A great cup of coffee starts with quality beans.
Most experts agree that storing the beans in the freezer is a no-no. Doing so can mess with the moisture content and cause the beans to absorb surrounding flavors; better to stash them in an airtight container out of direct sunlight.
But! A recent study published in The New York Times insists that a flash-freeze might ultimately benefit your brew. It turns out that freezing coffee beans before grinding them helps the beans break down more evenly, which is important because the size of the grind affects the rate at which water extracts their flavor during brewing. Too-small particles can create a sour taste, while the too-big ones make for an overly bitter cup. You want the Goldilocks grind: juuuuust right.
So don’t banish your freezer from your coffee routine just yet. In fact, here are four more ways it can make your morning (or afternoon) cup better: