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What is the Shelf Life of Coffee?

There are two types of people in this world: Those who hoard coffee beans for far too long, and those who trash them prematurely. Both kinds of people are doing serious injustice to coffee beans around the world, and it's time to do something about it. The cycle ends here. Follow this guide to figure out when to stash or trash your beloved beans.

"Keep beans properly contained."

Whole Beans
When you only keep whole coffee beans in your home, it means you're serious about java and you expect only the best taste. This makes it especially important to know the right time to get rid of beans, as sad as that may be. They typically last around six months when properly contained and stored at room temperature. The keywords here are "properly contained." Keep beans away from direct sunlight, and tightly close them in a glass jar to preserve their quality. Toss after six months or if they're ever exposed to air or hot conditions to ensure you only sip the freshest java possible. 

You can add significant longevity to your whole beans if you store them in the freezer. Seal and set aside to get an extra two years of life. Just be sure to dispense them into separate bags so you're not constantly thawing and storing the same beans. Simply thaw a small portion, grind them - choose a sleek, self-cleaning grinder like the Blade Grinder with Chamber Maid Cleaning System - and brew for the best tasting coffee in minutes.

How long is too long for ground coffee?How long is too long for ground coffee?

Ground Beans
If you keep ground coffee beans, you're not alone. It's a popular choice for a reason - there's one less step to follow in your journey to the perfect brew. However, this also means a slightly shorter shelf life. Ground coffee beans hold their freshness for several months when kept at room temperature. When stored in the freezer, that timeframe jumps to around one year if unopened. Just be sure to store them in individual serving containers, as you would with whole beans.

How to Identify Bad Beans
Bad beans are a real issue. Often, you can tell just by smelling or looking at them. If they've lost their classic coffee aroma or if they're lighter brown than they were originally, it's probably a sign that they need to be trashed. We know - it's depressing. If you can't find it in your heart to dump them, try turning them into soaps or scrubs. Your skin will thank you.