How long can you store an unopened coffee bag?

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How long can you store an unopened coffee bag?
Coffee beans keep longer than ground coffee. (cup of coffee in coffee beans image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

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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How It Is Prepared

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.

How long can you store an unopened coffee bag?
Grind coffee as needed (coffee grinder and beans image by TMLP from Fotolia.com)

Bottom Line

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.

How long can you store an unopened coffee bag?
Coffee beans can be kept for up to a year. (coffee beans image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

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