How to store coffee

Airtight jar

Airtight jar

Here are some facts on how to store coffee beans and ground coffee correctly for maximum freshness and flavor.

What to Avoid in Coffee Storage

Coffee is best stored in a dry, airtight container. When choosing a container and location for your favorite blend, be sure avoid air, moisture, heat, and light.

Coffee Storage Locations

While convenience is key, you'll also want to be sure to store your coffee in a location that will keep it fresh and flavorful.

With that in mind:

  • Cool, dark, dry places (such as pantries and cabinets) are best for coffee storage.
  • Fridges and freezers should be avoided because they are moist.
  • Avoid warm spots, like above/next to the oven or in cabinets that get hot from exposure to sunlight or cooking equipment.
  • Countertops that are away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat can be appropriate if you use opaque, airtight storage vessels.

Coffee Container Types

Once coffee’s original packaging is opened, coffee loses its freshness quickly. For that reason, you'll want to put your coffee into the right container as soon as possible.

  • Glass, ceramic or non-reactive metal containers with airtight gaskets are ideal for storing coffee.
  • Coffee can be stored fresh in clear, glass canisters or clear plastic ware only if the canisters are kept in a cool, dark place.
  • For countertop storage, opaque, airtight containers are best.

    Coffee's Freshness Over Time

    Coffee begins to lose its freshness as soon as it is done roasting, and is at its peak in the first few days after it is roasted. Ground coffee is best when consumed within one to two weeks of roasting. Whole beans are best within one month of roasting. Here are some tips for keeping your coffee at its tastiest:

    • To keep your coffee fresh, buy just-roasted coffee, little and often, in quantities that will only last you one to two weeks, and then store your coffee properly.
    • If you want to buy a larger quantity of coffee, store the bulk of it tightly sealed in an airtight container in a cool, dark area and keep a smaller quantity in a smaller container for daily use. Only open the large container to refill the smaller container. Storing coffee this way will reduce air exposure for the larger portion coffee.