Ground Coffee Storage & Expiry
When it comes to storing ground coffee, there are 3 different kinds of containers that have been used by people around the world. Here’s a bit about each one for you:
There are pros and cons to many options, and it all really depends on what your needs or preferences are. For example, some people may not like the idea of a perforated container because they need to grind fresh coffee often.
Other people may be looking for something disposable like a tamper-proof paper bag so they don’t have grounds spilling all over their cupboards.
And then others might want to store their beans in vacuum-sealed bags without needing any kind of storage container at all! It really is up to you! Try out different options
How long does ground coffee last unopened?
There is a lot of variability across coffees and expiry times will be shorter for those that are fresher. For maximum freshness, we recommend using ground coffee within one month of roasting.
Ground coffee can last around 3-4 weeks in the pantry or about 8 months in the freezer without changes to its flavor.
So as long as your bag has been sealed by being vacuumed, it’ll stay quite fresh for up to 10 months after which we wouldn’t recommend it due to flavor degradation.
Coffee Beans Storage & Expiry
Buying coffee in bulk and then grinding it at home, as well as buying whole bean coffee, is a great way to save money. How you store your beans after purchase will depend on what grind you prefer.
How to Store Coffee Beans
Coffee beans should be stored in a cool, well-ventilated area away from heat and acid. The beans will last much longer without the constraints of humidity or lighting, which can decrease the quality and caffeine levels.
To ensure optimal freshness, store your coffee in an airtight container inside your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer- which is separate from more perishable foods like meat or milk for up to four months.
Coffee should not be refrigerated when the bag is open as this will dry it out and cause them to lose its flavor faster than if it is packaged tightly.
If you do need to store opened beans outside of refrigeration for longer periods, use a vacuum-sealed container with all exit air removed before opening it.
For example, storing pre-ground beans out of the bag in an airtight container or jar will help protect them from exposure to light and loss of flavor due to oxidation.
Whole coffee beans last longer than ground ones – about one week versus two weeks respectively depending on the amount of moisture exposure
Do whole coffee beans go bad?
Yes, whole coffee beans usually go bad but after a long time of 1 to 3 years depending on the storage. Unroasted beans stored in vacuum-sealed containers can last longer than roasted coffee beans.
How long do coffee beans last sealed?
How long does sealed whole bean coffee last? Roasted whole beans generally stay fresh for about one year after roasting.
The National Coffee Association estimates that coffee in the home often becomes stale within two weeks of brewing.
Whole coffee beans can be a better storage option since they have a longer shelf life, but once roasted, it is important to store them away from heat and light because they start to lose their flavor in the order of about 1 year.
This is because of chemical changes external to the actual bean as well as moisture loss through evaporation from the surface of each bean.
Unsealed coffee will stay fresh for up to 12 weeks if stored at a room temperature of 70 – 75 degrees.
FAQs on Coffee Expiry & Storage
Under this section, we review some of the commonly asked questions concerning coffee storage.
How do you know if coffee beans are bad?
To know if coffee beans are bad, don’t let the caffeine content fool you. As per food-safety.org, “Coffee beans for commercial use may be stored in a warehouse or distribution center for up to one year.”
If you’re purchasing from a coffee shop that has specialty single-origin batches that are sold within two weeks of roasting and brewing, then it isn’t uncommon to have old coffee mixes sitting around in stacks with labels or barcodes on them as they wait to be weighed and bagged out by the pound.
A safe bet would be reading the expiration date on the package label before buying anything from any retail establishment. The expiration date is usually provided between 3 months and a year after roasting.
Should you refrigerate whole coffee beans?
All coffee starts with a seed or fruit, such as the coffee cherry. When those beans are roasted, they transform into something really tasty. So is there an optimal temperature to store them?
Generally speaking, it’s best to keep your whole beans refrigerated for freshness and longer shelf life.
That said, you may find that they’re fresher and will stay fresher in room-temperature air than when it’s stored in a refrigerator due to humid environments promoting the growth of bacteria.
As always, we recommend storing coffee according to how it’ll be consumed most often or most quickly after opening – this way you can get the maximum enjoyment out of every roast!
Can you vacuum pack coffee beans?
Yes, vacuum-sealing coffee beans is a fantastic way to extend the freshness of your coffee bean supply.
There are many different sizes and styles of vacuum sealers for the convenience of coffee lovers sold on the market today.
Do coffee beans expire if unopened?
Yes, coffee beans, like most food products, will still go stale even if it is left unopened for too long. Coffee expiry in this case refers to the loss of flavor.