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How Long Does Coffee Last

Dry coffee can last for a very long time, but it must be stored correctly. Check out the table below for specific details.

HOW TO TELL IF COFFEE IS BAD?

The best way to tell if it has gone bad is to smell it. Bad coffee will no longer have a pleasant aroma and it will taste dull. Visually it may also appear lighter as opposed to its typical dark color. You won't get sick if you use it, but the aroma and flavor of the coffee will be gone.

HOW TO STORE COFFEE TO EXTEND ITS SHELF LIFE?

Coffee degrades over time. The degradation can be accelerated depending on how refined and processed it is. A whole bean will last much longer than ground coffee. Your best bet at extending the life of your beans is by sealing them in an airtight container and placing them in the freezer. Storing coffee in a freezer doesn't actually freeze it, so you won't have to worry about defrosting it.

The low temperature keeps the beans fresh longer and reduces the chances the beans are exposed to too much moisture or other contaminants. You should grind fresh only the amount you plan to use that day to avoid unnecessary exposure. 

Dry coffee can last for a very long time, but it must be stored correctly. Check out the table below for specific details.

 

If sealed and unopened

  • Ground coffee when stored in the pantry will last 3-5 months, whereas it will last 1-2 years in the freezer.
  • Whole Bean Coffee when stored in the pantry will last 6-9 months, whereas it will last 2-3 years in the freezer.

If unsealed and opened

  • Ground coffee when stored in the pantry will last 3-5 months, whereas it will last 3-5 years in the freezer.
  • Whole Bean Coffee when stored in the pantry will last 6 months, whereas it will last 2 years in the freezer.

Table describing the time coffee remains fresh