Originally Posted by stimpson
There is no roast date, but the best before on this batch is June 2020. When I order, the date is always just under 12 months away. The production code is 19 063 which points to week 3, June 2019. I've no doubt these are fresh beans, and the fact that they were temporarily sold out point to the fact that they are not sitting around for weeks. These guys are supplying cafes and do serious volume. It's not sitting on a supermarket shelf for weeks.
As for freezing itself, I'm not sure how you figure moisture is introduced? How does it get into a sealed bag? There is very little moisture content in a roasted bean to expand and break down the cell structure. Holding period frozen is in terms of years and the post roast day that you freeze the coffee will be the same when you thaw the coffee. These 2 week old beans will be 2 week old beans when they are thawed.
The process is a piece of piss. Freeze in the bag when you get them. Remove and defrost overnight before opening the bag. use an airtight container to hold your defrosted beans. Don't refreeze.
I've been doing it for years after seeing it recommended by Scott Rao and I defy you to tell the difference between frozen and non frozen.
Not sure what happened there, lost my post, probably post twice now.
Anyway. To answer your points.
If you’re right with your roast dates, sounds good. I would still guess it’s a very dark roast that isn’t to my taste. Bias for me there to lighly roasted coffee.
As for freezing and thawing. Firstly all food degrades over time. Coffee is no different. A few months in the freezer will not deliver the same flavour as freshly roasted no matter how try and convince yourself.
Moreover considering most people don’t know how to thaw chicken properly yes I would be concerned that they’ll introduce moisture to the process at either the front or back end of the process along with potentially breaking grinders with moist or frozen beans.
I’m not saying you specifically don’t know what they’re at. You obviously do. But most people won’t. They’ll leave beans in the freezer for a year or two and then take them out, make an arse of how to thaw them correctly and wonder why they’re not nice. That’s most people.