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How Long Do Green Coffee Beans Last?

Green coffee beans have a long shelf life compared to freshly roasted coffee, but there are no hard rules for how long coffee's shelf life will last. In short, coffee beans can go bad. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when storing coffee to extend their shelf life. Before we take a deeper dive into what can cause issues, you should note that....

As with any similar food item, moisture and heat are the enemy to long-term shelf life

Moisture Levels

Coffee beans are, by nature, porous and susceptible to fluctuations in humidity, and unfortunately, have been transported in burlap bags for decades. Luckily, transportation methods have moved towards more controlled packages like GrainPro or tougher plastic bags designed to withstand rough transportation.

Some people report that freezing coffee for multi-year freshness is a good idea. However, dethawing your coffee bean will drench your beans with water, potentially making them soggy. All in all, we would recommend not freezing.

Temperature Levels

In cases where its too dry, the life of your coffee bean's aroma will be effected and will lose flavor. Conversely, if your coffee beans become wet, mold can develop making the bean unfit to be roasted.

Keeping your beans in a cool, dry place in a light proof bag in your house should be suitable. Be sure to not store your beans in direct light as that will dry them out too!

Ideally, long term storage for your green coffee beans absolutely requires you store your beans in a place that has a relatively stable, consistent room temperature. Doing so will ensure that by the roasting date, that your green beans will ensure the best possible fresh brewed coffee.

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