Although coffee can last a long time, it loses its flavour after exposure to oxygen and mositure. The National Coffee Association recommends storing coffee in a cool, dark and dry place, especially if it is not going to be used for a long time. Coffee kept in a sealed jar or vacuum packed can last for up to a year. However, if it is in original packaging that is not vacuum packed, the coffee may lose flavour and become stale.
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Properly stored coffee beans can last up to a year, whereas ground coffee loses flavour in weeks. The National Coffee Association recommends buying freshly ground coffee in two-week amounts or grinding your own as needed, from properly stored coffee beans. They also note that you may store ground coffee in the freezer for up to a month, but not to return it to the freezer after defrosting.
An unopened bag of coffee can last for up to a year, but improperly stored it may lose flavour, become stale and absorb the flavours from food around it. Coffee stored for a short while should be kept in a sealed container or vacuum packed, or possibly frozen, for up to a month. Coffee beans last longer than ground coffee.
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