How long can coffee last in the fridge? (+7 health benefits)

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can coffee last in the fridge?”, and what are the health benefits of drinking coffee?

How long can coffee last in the fridge?

An unopened package of ground coffee will last 2-3 years in the fridge. If opened, it will last 1-2 years only. An opened or unopened package of ground coffee will stay fresh for only 5 months in the fridge If stored correctly. 

Brewed coffee can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. Instant coffee, opened or unopened, will last up to 20 years past its best before the date in the fridge.

The shelf-life of coffee

The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of different types of coffee under different storage conditions.

(Unopened/Sealed)In the pantryIn the freezer
Past printed date Pat printed date 
Ground coffee3-5 months 1-2 years 
Whole coffee beans 6-9 months 2-3 years 
Instant coffee 2-20 years Indefinitely 
(opened)In the pantry In the freezer 
Once opened One opened 
Ground coffee3-5 months 3-5 months 
Whole coffee beans 6 months 2 years 
Instant coffee 2-20 years Indefinitely 

How to tell If the coffee has gone bad?

Like any other food product, coffee can go bad. Coffee can develop mold If It has been in contact with moisture. Similarly, It can go rancid and become contaminated by bugs and rodents. Following signs can indicate If the coffee is bad or not.

  • If the coffee develops visual signs of old-growth, it should be discarded immediately.
  • If the coffee stops giving off its pleasant aroma and starts to smell rancid, it is because the oils responsible for aroma have started to degrade.
  • Coffee oxidizes and goes rancid. The toxic compounds produced during the process might make you sick

How to store ground coffee?

Ground coffee, due to an increased surface area, is quick to spoil if not stored properly. Ground coffee should always be stored in a dark and dry place. Use an opaque air-tight container or a vacuum-sealed package to keep the air and the moisture at bay. 

Opaque containers will reflect most of the light. It is better to use coffee vaults instead of going for regular containers. If you bought the coffee in bulk, separate some of the coffee into a separate and smaller container.

Separate the amount that you know will be consumed in the next 2 weeks. By doing so, you are ensuring that the coffee in bulk is not exposed to air and other contaminants on daily basis.

Freezing coffee will extend its shelf-life to years. But the flavor won’t be the same. The brew extracted from frozen coffee will lack interesting and complex flavors.

Can you eat coffee beans?

Yes, you can eat coffee beans as a matter of fact but at what cost? Unroasted coffee beans are quite tough and you need strong teeth to chew these beans. Eating unroasted coffee beans or drinking their brew has been linked to assisting weight loss. But there are better and reliable options to try if you want to lose weight.

Eating roasted coffee beans does not sound like a wild idea. These are much more palatable than unroasted coffee beans in terms of texture and flavor. In fact, roasted coffee beans coated with chocolate have quite a humble audience.

Other FAQs about Coffee which you may be interested in.

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The health benefits of drinking coffee

The ultimate energy booster

Caffeine present in coffee makes you more alert, uplifts your mood by enhancing dopamine production, and helps better cognitive functions.

Burns calories

Coffee helps reduce weight. Studies have shown that coffee increases the metabolic rate by 3-11%.

Improves exercise performance

Coffee increases the adrenaline production that helps you focus and stay active during exercise. It also reduces post-workout muscle discomfort.

Full of vitamins and minerals

Only a cup of coffee provides 11% of RDI of Vitamin B2, 6% of the RDI of vitamin B5, and also provides a fair amount of minerals like magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

Fights diseases

People who drink coffee are at lower risk of getting diabetes type 2, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia. Coffee has been found to possess anti-cancerous properties.

The ultimate feel-good beverage

Coffee is the ultimate mood lifter. It stimulates the release of the feel-good hormone, making you feel happy and satisfied, thereby, decreasing the chances of depression.

Rich source of anti-oxidants

Coffee is a rich source of anti-oxidants. Coffee contains an average of 200-550mg of antioxidants per cup. Anti-oxidants like hydrocinnamic acid and polyphenols present in coffee are the body’s defense against oxidative stress. They promote cardiovascular health.


In this article, we answered the question “How long can coffee last in the fridge?”, and what are the health benefits of drinking coffee?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.