How Long Do Whole Coffee Beans Last?


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2-4 weeks
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3-4 months


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long do whole coffee beans last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store in cool, dry area and keep package tightly sealed at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of whole coffee beans, transfer the coffee beans to a canister that blocks out light and has an airtight seal.
  • How long do whole coffee beans last at room temperature? Properly stored, whole coffee beans will generally stay at best quality for about 2 to 4 weeks at room temperature, assuming they have been properly stored.
  • Should whole coffee beans be stored in the fridge? No, you should not refrigerate whole coffee beans, as the temperature fluctuations will affect the taste and flavor of the coffee.
  • Should you freeze whole coffee beans? Frozen coffee may lose some of its flavor, so freezing is recommended only for coffee beans that cannot be used up within three weeks of purchasing.
  • Freeze whole coffee beans in a covered airtight container.
  • How long do whole coffee beans last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 3 to 4 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown are for best quality only - whole coffee beans that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How can you tell if whole coffee beans are bad or spoiled? Coffee typically loses flavor over time and develops a stale taste - if coffee beans develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, they should be discarded for quality purposes; if mold appears, discard the coffee.

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