Q. How long can coffee be stored for?
A. Once a coffee bag is opened, you probably have about 4 weeks before your freshly roasted beans start tasting stale. And if you don’t store them correctly, the shelf life drops even more. It's even worse if you’re buying pre-ground coffee.
The best way to store coffee depends on the type of coffee you have. Here are some general tips:
- Store coffee in an airtight container: Oxygen is the enemy of coffee, and exposure to air can cause the coffee to become stale quickly. Therefore, it's essential to store coffee in an airtight container that will prevent air from getting in.
- Keep it cool: Coffee should be stored in a cool, dry place away from heat and light. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight, near the stove, or on top of the refrigerator.
- Use a dark-colored container: Coffee beans can also be damaged by light, so it's best to store them in a dark container. If you prefer to use a clear container, store it in a dark cupboard or drawer.
- Avoid storing coffee in the freezer: While it may seem like a good idea to freeze coffee, it can actually cause moisture to get into the beans, which will affect the flavor. It's best to store coffee at room temperature.
- Buy whole beans: Coffee beans stay fresher longer than ground coffee, so it's best to buy whole beans and grind them yourself right before brewing. If you must buy ground coffee, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
Following these tips will help keep your coffee fresh and flavorful for as long as possible.