Can you bring coffee on a plane?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you bring coffee on a plane?”, and how long does the ground coffee last in the luggage?

Read on if you want to know country-specific guidelines related to coffee. Thi article also includes a brief guide on the shelf-life of ground coffee. 

Can you bring coffee on a plane?

Yes, you can bring coffee on the plane with you the Transportation Security Administration will allow you there will be no problem with the security checks. 

There are different rules and regulations based on the type and form of coffee you are carrying when you travel.

Can you bring ground coffee on a domestic flight?

Yes, you can bring ground coffee on domestic flights. The permissible amount of ground coffee is about 12 ounces and not more than this, while there is no limit in the checked luggage. 

Can you bring coffee on international flights?

Yes, you can bring ground coffee on international flights too. The amount of ground coffee is about 12 ounces and not more than this, while there is no limit in the checked luggage, same as for the domestic flights.

But keep this in mind, it may be permissible in one country and could be possible that there are some restrictions in other countries, where you land. 

Can you bring coffee to the USA?

The USA has some of the busiest airports and a lot of tourists annually. In most cases, the USA allows bringing the ground coffee in your checked and carry-on luggage with you on both domestic and international flights.

How long does ground coffee last in the luggage?

Freshly ground coffee (not vacuum-packed) will usually keep well for about 1 to 2 weeks at room temperature. 

Unopened ground coffee that was commercially vacuum-packed will usually keep well for about 2 years at room temperature. 

Open ground coffee will typically keep well for 1 to 2 weeks when stored at room temperature.

Freshly ground and not vacuum packed10-14 days at room temperature
Vacuum-packed coffee
Unopened and sealed packedAbout one year at room temperature
Opened 10-14 days at room temperature

Taking liquid coffee on a flight

It is allowed to take liquid coffee on board too. It is often recommended to not do this because it is comfortable and can cause damage to you in the plane. 

Almost all the flights worldwide allow you to take coffee with you and to enjoy it while traveling. 

There are some rules stated for carrying the coffee on the plane. First, you can only bring about 100 ml of coffee in the plane and it must be in a very stable and sealed container.

You can not bring a cup of coffee because there are chances of its spillage and it is also for the security of passengers as coffee is often consumed hot. 

Usually, TSA doesn’t take into consideration what kind of drink you are bringing with you but it is best to not bring hot coffee with you on the plane.

If you are addicted to coffee and cant travel properly without it then at least try to bring cold coffee like frappuccino or frappes, obviously depends on your choice. 

Some special regulations for coffee in some countries

The rules and regulations regarding coffee that are discussed above are applied to both domestic and international flights.

Most of the EU countries have similar rules and regulations. However, some of the specifications that are unique to the non-EU countries, are given below.

  • Turkey allows you to import only 1 kilogram of (instant) coffee and 500 grams of tea. 
  • In Switzerland, there is no limit to the amount of coffee you are allowed to carry as long as it is within the custom-free luggage weight requirement.

For European countries, you can carry upto a maximum of 5-6 kilograms because that’s the most you can fit in a duty-free luggage bag. 

This is applied to almost all coffees except liquid coffee and for the countries that have restrictions against coffee. 

How to bring ground coffee through airport security?

The airports usually allow about 12 ounces of coffee that are 350 ml or less.

This is because ground coffee is in powdered form and through the screening process of TSA, it is disallowed to carry over 12 ounces of powdered items.

 Conclusion 

In this article, we answered the question “Can you bring coffee on a plane?”, and how long does the ground coffee last in the luggage?

References 

https://www.stilltasty.com/articles/can-you-take-ground-coffee-on-a-plane
https://getawaytips.azcentral.com/types-drinks-can-carried-plane-3112.html

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