Coffee FAQs

Interesting Coffee Facts:

  • The only difference between decaf and regular is the amount of caffeine. Since coffee beans are naturally caffeinated, the decaf beans are put through a process to remove 97-99% of the caffeine from the beans.
  • Large amounts of caffeine can be lethal to dogs

    How long does coffee last?

    Dried coffee, if stored properly, can last for months and even years beyond any dates printed on the package.


    Does coffee expire?

    The shelf life of coffee depends on a variety of factors, such as the best before date, preparation method and how the coffee was stored. Because of Coffee's addicting flavor and proven health benefits (yes, after all the bad press studies now show that a morning cup of java is actually good for your heart!) It is one of the most popular drinks in the world (that is why you see a lot of coffee shops around!). Coffee is used in many types of dishes, including yummy baked goods


    How long does coffee last past the best before date?

    When properly stored, the shelf life of coffee past its best before date is as follows...

    Coffee Expiration Date

    (Sealed) Pantry Freezer
    Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
    Ground Coffee lasts for 3-5 Months 1-2 Years
    Whole Bean Coffee lasts for 6-9 Months 2-3 Years
    Instant Coffee lasts for 2-20 Years Indefinite
    (Opened) Pantry Freezer
    Once Opened Once Opened
    Ground Coffee lasts for 3-5 Months 3-5 Months
    Coffee Beans last for 6 Months 2 Years
    Instant Coffee (freeze dried) lasts for 2-20 Years Indefinite


    How to store Coffee to extend its shelf life?

    Coffee does degrade over time and degrades faster depending on the surface area - which means that whole beans will keep longer than ground coffee. This is the same concept as with spices. So, it is best to buy whole beans and then grind them as needed for maximum freshness and coffee flavor.

    The best way to store coffee beans is to place them in a tightly closed container in the freezer and grind fresh only the amount you plan to use that day. Storing coffee in this way will keep out moisture and other contaminants.

    The best way to store ground coffee to keep it fresh longer is by also storing it in your freezer immediately after use. Storing coffee in the freezer does not actually freeze the coffee, so it is always ready for use without any defrosting.

    Instant coffee, especially freeze dried since it is so dry, can keep fresh for extended amounts of time if vacuum sealed and kept away from moisture and heat.

    If prepared coffee is left out on the counter, it should be used within 4-6 hours of brewing.

    Re-heating is not recommended because it further breaks down the product. Try a thermos instead to keep it warm and better tasting for a few hours.


    How to tell if Coffee is bad, rotten or spoiled?

    Since coffee basically looks the same with age, many ask does coffee go bad? The best way to tell if it has gone bad is to use your nose. If coffee has gone bad, the pleasant aroma will be gone and with it much of the taste. Using this coffee will not harm you, but will just not have much flavor if the smell is gone. It may also lose its deep dark color and appear a lighter brown.

    Coffee beans begin to slowly lose their flavor soon after grinding as the oils begin to evaporate. How long you choose to use your coffee after the best by date really depends on how particular you are about the taste of your coffee. Some prefer not to use it at all and some may use it even after the eat by date (not recommended) but use an increased amount in order to try and regain a stronger coffee taste.

    There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled drinks so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your drinks before their shelf life has expired!